People pursue therapy for a variety of reasons. Some people need to be heard, understood or simply experience the healing gift of being accepted as you are. Others want guidance, personal or relationship coaching and access to the knowledge of a trained professional. Few experiences in life can be as enriching as the journey of self-discovery and personal transformation.
Some may enter therapy to address major life changes, such as divorce, adjusting to a new job, grieving the loss of a family member, etc. while others may seek help in managing mental health conditions like depression. There’s a common misconception that people who go to therapy are atypical when in fact, the average person in therapy is someone struggling with common, everyday issues such as anxiety, depression, handling conflict with a family member or spouse, etc.
Whatever the reason, it takes courage to attend therapy and it takes dedication to see the process through. Therapy is a collaborative effort. Together, client and therapist will determine: the goals of therapy; whether therapy should be short-or long-term; what treatment modalities the client may be comfortable with; etc. With the help of the right therapist, client’s can receive increased self-actualization, experience self-growth, have an improvement in interpersonal relationships, and feel a reduction in their emotional suffering. You can learn to experience, understand and become more at peace within yourself through the therapy process. You can learn to find a balance in your life, change what you want to change and increase your acceptance of your core self. You can start to improve your relationships in the contexts of work, family, friendships or love.
You may consider couples counseling if you are trying to decide if this is the relationship you see yourself in long term. Couples counseling is most successful for those who are either invested in repairing their relationship or for those who want to decide if they're a great match for each other. People who want to invest in their relationship and want to maximize their experience with their partner can learn and implement the tools and skills needed to revitalize a relationship or create and sustain a relationship that is healthy and happy. Traditional couples counseling is for those relationships that are stressed and may be experiencing any of the following (but not limited to):
Infidelity and broken trust
Anger, aggression, and verbal abuse
Problems with intimacy and sexuality
We provide a variety of services to all children ages birth through 18 based on their individual needs and are committed to focusing on the family’s needs as well. We serve children from the ages of birth to seventeen years of age for issues ranging from anxiety, depression, behavioral challenges, peer interaction concerns, transition issues, and more. We encourage all parents to come in for an assessment when issues first arise with their child or adolescent to see how we may be of assistance to you!
For parents who are struggling with their children during the first three years of life, we have a therapist specifically trained to provide infant mental health services. You may see behaviors such as separation anxiety, eating/feeding difficulties, sleeping difficulties, anger and aggression, tantrums or fearfulness, etc.
Good mental health starts at birth with parents and other caregivers who are responsive, protective, and stable. But we know that life is not always perfect for parents! Although babies are cute and exciting, they also cause a shift in family dynamics. Thus, some moms or dads may develop mental health or physical health struggles that disrupt their ability to be as effective of caregivers as they would like to be. Infant mental health services will help you and your baby become confident, resilient, and better able to manage both yours and their emotions.
Early childhood mental health is the developing capacity of infants, toddlers, and young children to experience, manage, and express emotion; form close, secure relationships; and actively explore the environment and learn. Strong relationships matter for your baby’s brain, body and behavior!
What is Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing? (EMDR)
Have you tried other therapies without success? Jenna has specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a simple way of processing and lessening the intensity of traumatic memories and experiences.
Over the years I’ve learned that the mind and body have the natural ability to heal themselves. By developing a nurturing therapeutic relationship, my intention is to support that innate process by providing a safe space for people to explore and grow at their own pace.
What happens when you are traumatized?
Most of the time your body routinely manages new information and experiences without you being aware of it. However, when something out of the ordinary occurs and you are traumatized by an overwhelming event (e.g. a car accident) or by being repeatedly subjected to distress (e.g. childhood neglect), your natural coping mechanism can become overloaded.
This overloading can result in disturbing experiences remaining frozen in your brain or being “unprocessed”.These unprocessed memories and feelings are stored in the limbic system of your brain in a “raw” and emotional form, rather than in a verbal “story” mode.
This limbic system maintains traumatic memories in an isolated memory network that is associated with emotions and physical sensations, and which are disconnected from the brain’s cortex where we use language to store memories. The limbic system’s traumatic memories can be continually triggered when you experience events similar to the difficult experiences you have been through. Often the memory itself is long forgotten, but the painful feelings such as anxiety, panic, anger or despair are continually triggered in the present.
Your ability to live in the present and learn from new experiences can, therefore, become inhibited. EMDR helps create the connections between your brain’s memory networks, enabling your brain to process the traumatic memory in a very natural way.
What is an EMDR session like?
After Jenna completes a thorough assessment with you, you will be asked specific questions about a disturbing memory. Eye movements, similar to those during REM sleep, will be recreated simply by asking you to hold a small device in each hand that makes a vibrating sensation. The eye movements will last for a short while and then stop. You will then be asked to report back on the experiences you have had during each of these sets of eye movements. Experiences during a session may include changes in thoughts, images and feelings.
With repeated sets of eye movements, the memory tends to change in such a way that it loses its painful intensity and simply becomes a neutral memory of an event in the past. Other associated memories may also heal at the same time. This linking of related memories can lead to a dramatic and rapid improvement in many aspects of your life
What can EMDR be used for?
In addition to its use for the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, EMDR has been successfully used to treat:
• anxiety and panic attacks
• sleep problems
• complicated grief
• pain relief, phantom limb pain
• self-esteem and performance anxiety
Can anyone benefit from EMDR?
EMDR can accelerate therapy by resolving the impact of your past traumas and allowing you to live more fully in the present. It is not, however, appropriate for everyone. The process is rapid, and any disturbing experiences, if they occur at all, last for a comparatively short period of time. You need to be aware and willing to experience, the strong feelings and disturbing thoughts, which sometimes occur during sessions.
How long does treatment take?
EMDR can be brief focused treatment or part of a longer psychotherapy program. EMDR sessions can be for 60 to 90 minutes.
What evidence is there that EMDR is a successful treatment?
EMDR is an innovative clinical treatment which has successfully helped over a million individuals. The validity and reliability of EMDR has been established by rigorous research. There are now nineteen controlled studies into EMDR making it the most thoroughly researched method used in the treatment of trauma,
(Details on www.emdr-europe.org
and www.emdr.org) and is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as an effective treatment for PTSD.
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What Is Sand Tray Therapy?
Sand tray therapy is a technique which can be used to facilitate healing in adults, adolescents, and children. It assists them with expressing their thoughts and feelings when they may not be able to find the words they would like or when words are not enough. It’s not only therapeutic, it can be used for self improvement and creativity.
A sand tray therapist’s office is equipped with a specially proportioned sand tray with a blue interior and a large collection of miniatures, including human figures, fantasy and folklore figures, animals, buildings, objects from nature, vehicles, and others. The miniatures represent all of the elements of life-the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, the comforting, the frightening, the happy and the sad.
New Beginnings has a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has received extensive and specialized training in the use of the sand tray. She knows how to provide an accepting environment in which the client is invited to create a world in the tray using the sand and miniatures. Though some people express hesitation about sand tray by saying that they fear they are “not creative enough” to use the sand tray technique, creativity is not necessary. There is no right or wrong way to build a world in the sand. After the client has finished building, she or he tells the therapist about the world, sometimes making up a story about it. Together the client and therapist then discuss the ways in which what has been experienced in the sand relates to the client’s life.
How Does Sand Tray Therapy Work?
People think not only in words but in images. The use of the sand and miniatures activates this nonverbal manner of thinking, allowing the client to express images, emotions, perceptions, and conflicts about which they may not be able to talk. New solutions to emotional struggles can be experimented with through the “play.” The meaning of the work in the sand tray comes to light as the client shares the world with the therapist. Through the sand tray, emotional struggles which previously were not conscious or could not be talked about are brought into awareness so that they can be understood and resolved. An increased capacity for self-expression, self-awareness and communication can be developed through the use of sand tray.
Who Can Benefit from Sand Tray Therapy?
The use of sand tray is very effective with children who are not yet mature enough to express complex thoughts and feelings. Sand tray therapy is also a powerful therapeutic tool for adolescents and adults because it can be used along with verbal therapy. Working in the sand tray allows clients to move to a deep level more quickly than they might when relying on words alone.
What is Play Therapy?
Many people hear “Play Therapy” and ask “Why would I not only drive my child all the way to see a therapist each week but why would I pay to have them play with a therapist?!” That is a great question!! There are many different types of play. Children ENJOY all different kinds of play. Both active and quiet play serve purposes in children’s social and cognitive development. Running around outdoors or on a playground provides exercise to kids and a healthy outlet for their energy. Quiet play, on the other hand, develops fine motor skills and cognitive learning. That much is common knowledge. Fewer people may realize how play can function as a method of healing as well.
New Beginnings offers Play Therapy through a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Our play therapist has received in depth and rigorous training where she has learned to use specific toys and activities to help your children work through problems or issues they are struggling with. Play therapy has shown positive correlations in a child’s ability to feel positive emotions, strengthen attachments to their therapist, and improve verbal or nonverbal communication of feelings.
Types of Play Therapy:
Together with your therapist, you can decide as part of your child’s treatment plan if you would prefer that your child’s play therapy will be more directive or non directive. Your therapist will explain the benefits of each option depending on your child’s needs. One is more hands-on, the other leaves room for the child to set the course.
The directive approach begins with the therapist or counselor establishing goals for the child during play. For example, if a child is struggling with anger issues, a therapist may give that child a doll house, establish a conflict between the dolls, and encourage him or her to work through the conflict without resorting to anger or violence. By displacing the conflict onto the dolls, the child is able to approach familiar situations with a level of personal detachment that allows them to develop more rational solutions.
The non directive approach assume that if a child if left to play openly, their issues will eventually surface on their own. Through this method, the therapist observes the child’s natural course of play, only intervening when a destructive behavior is identified. Even then, the therapist’s only role is to subtly apply rules or limitations. The more unhealthy behaviors the child exhibits, the more rules are applied to play. The more the child begins to act appropriately, the more the therapist loosens the figurative leash and allows the child more freedom.
Why does it work?
Children are naturally drawn to toys. It stimulates their sense and drive for exploration, creativity, and expression. At the same time, children exhibit less capacity for many key processes in adult psychotherapy such as rationalization and self-reflection. It’s not their fault. Pre-adolescent children simply haven’t developed those areas of their brains yet. By exchanging those cognitive skills with skill sets that children are already comfortable engaging, the therapist eliminates one of the biggest hurdles in acclimating the child into a therapeutic environment. In short, by engaging a child with toys, you offer them a comfortable bridge into what might otherwise be an uncomfortable situation.
What is TeleTherapy?
TeleTherapy is providing therapy through a live video connection, over the internet. You receive therapy as you would in person however it is done through a computer and can be done without even leaving your own home! If you’ve ever used Skype on your computer or FaceTime on your iPhone, you’ve used the same type of technology that TeleTherapy uses. Instead of Skype or FaceTime, New Beginnings Counseling Center uses uses a HIPAA compliant video conferencing system called “Secure Video”.
Is TeleTherapy right for me?
That’s a good question! While TeleTherapy appointments are very effective and can be more convenient, they are not the right choice for everyone. Making the decision to schedule an in-person or TeleTherapy appointment is very important. If you start out with a TeleTherapy appointment and later determine it’s not right for you, your counselor will schedule an in-person appointment for you or help you transfer to an in-person therapist if they do not provide in-person appointments.
There are some questions we recommend that you ask yourself as you determine which type of appointment is best for you:
Do I have any safety issues that would make me high – risk for TeleTherapy?
If you know that you are dealing with thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, then TeleTherapy is not recommended for you. Serious safety issues like suicidal and homicidal thoughts need to be addressed in person where your counselor can have every resource available to help keep you safe.
If you are a victim of abuse or domestic violence, you need to have a safe, secure location and computer in order to utilize virtual appointments and this isn’t always possible. Therefore, we do not recommend virtual appointments for those who are still living in an abusive situation. However, if you are trapped in an abusive situation and need resources to help you get to safety, we will gladly speak to you and help point you in the right direction.
Do I have the right technology?
For phone appointments, any telephone line is acceptable, however it is our duty to inform you that traditional, wired landlines are always more secure. We cannot ensure complete confidentiality when using a mobile or wireless phone.
For video appointments, we recommend a computer, iPad, iTouch, or other device that was made within the last 5 years. Technology changes quickly and older devices sometimes can’t accommodate the technology for video appointments.
We also recommend an internet speed of 25mb/s or higher in order to ensure high quality streaming video, however we are willing to attempt video appointments as long as you have reliable internet access. Please click here to test your internet speed. Also, please understand that there are sometimes connection interruptions and video delays when using TeleTherapy.
Do I have a safe, confidential space?
Many of the things people need to talk about in counseling are very private. We recommend making sure you have a private location to hold a video appointment and scheduling your appointment when you will be undisturbed. If you are concerned someone will overhear or interrupt your appointment, then virtual appointments may not be right for you.
What type of counseling do I desire?
There are many different types of counseling techniques available. If you are looking for traditional “talk therapy”, then a virtual appointment will most likely be effective. Many different approaches to “talk therapy” can be provided virtually, including Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Psychoanalytic Therapy, and others. However, things like art and music therapy, play therapy, and eye-movement based therapies cannot be provided virtually.
If you are unsure what type of therapy you need, we are glad to speak with you regarding making the right decision. If at any point your counselor believes another method of counseling would benefit you, it is our ethical obligation to inform you, even if that method cannot be provided virtually.
What is Secure Video?
SecureVideo.com was founded by a team of behavioral health and technology experts. Secure Video allows your therapist to offer HIPAA compliant TeleTherapy services from the comfort of your own home or wherever else you may be such as on your lunch break, while on vacation, sitting in your vehicle, etc.
You do not have to be technologically advanced to use TeleTherapy! Secure Video offers 24/7 Tech Support and will assist you in setting up your device to begin therapy. If you have any questions about the privacy of using Secure Video, please don’t hesitate to contact us, for further information.