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Individual Therapy

Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.

At Still Serving Counseling, we offer a range of different type of methods in treating our clients. We offer the following methods.

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.

Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.

BRAINSPOTTING

Brainspotting is a focused treatment method that aims to alleviate symptoms caused by traumatic memories. Treatment involves:

1) Identifying how the body currently feels, or is experiencing the trauma. 2) Locating an eye position in the field of view that is connected to the bodily experience. Where we look affects how we feel. 3) Releasing information stored deep in the brain (trauma capsules) by letting the brain heal itself and process out deep reactivity to trauma. Brainspotting can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with other forms of treatment…. Take a minute, close your eyes, and think of your favorite meal. Notice how your body feel. Then, open your eyes and notice where your eyes are immediately drawn to. This is a Brainspotting. Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy tries to identify and change negative thinking patterns and pushes for positive behavioral changes. DBT may be used to treat suicidal and other self-destructive behaviors. It teaches patients skills to cope with, and change, unhealthy behaviors.

DBT

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy tries to identify and change negative thinking patterns and pushes for positive behavioral 

changes. DBT may be used to treat suicidal and other self-destructive behaviors. It teaches patients skills to cope with, and change, unhealthy behaviors.

SFBT

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), is a form of therapy that focuses on solutions instead of on problems. Therapists do this by helping their clients identify what’s bothering them. In traditional

therapy, patients typically explore their past so they can better understand their present problems. SFBT focuses on what’s happening now. It helps patients come up with solutions that can make life better in the future. In SFBT, client work together with their therapist, instead of relying on the therapist as the expert. SFBT is “brief” as compared to traditional long-term counseling.

ACT

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy that stems from traditional behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Clients learn to stop

avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations that should not prevent them from moving forward in their lives. With this understanding, clients begin to accept their issues and hardships and commit to making necessary changes in their behavior, regardless of what is going on in their lives, and how they feel about it. ACT has been used effectively to help treat workplace stress, test anxiety, social anxiety disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and psychosis. It has also been used to help treat medical conditions such as chronic pain, substance abuse, and diabetes. 

CBT

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors. CBT is commonly used to treat a

wide range of disorders, including phobias, addictions, depression, and anxiety. Cognitive behavior therapy is generally short-term and focused on helping clients deal with a very specific problem. During treatment, people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior and emotions.

MEANING-CENTERED PSYCHOTHERAPY

Meaning-centered psychotherapy is a term which includes new therapeutic approaches designed to enhance meaning, spiritual well-being, and quality of life. Meaning-centered psychotherapy is theoretically rooted in the writings of

Viktor Frankl, a psychiatrist and holocaust survivor who authored the best-selling book, Man’s Search for Meaning. Viktor Frankl’s theory is existential in nature, and postulated that the creation of meaning is a primary force of human motivation. Frankl suggested that people desire to find meaning in their existence, and have the ability to find meaning even during times of great suffering. Furthermore, finding meaning could help decrease suffering and perhaps lead to psychological well-being in the future.

DREAMWORK

Dreamwork is the investigation meanings associated with symbols that appear in dream. Dreams are viewed like a letter from the unconscious mind to the conscious

mind. Dreamwork is the act of opening that letter, trying to read it, and then responding through goals that are realistic and test a potential meaning the dreamer has come to. Every character, situation, or event in a dream are symbols that represent different internal parts of the dreamer. They are not viewed literally. The unconscious uses dreams to convey two primary types of information. 1) Compensation, the unconscious can act in a compensatory way and utilizes a dream to highlight where we are out of balance. 2) a Holistic Picture of our entire being can also be symbolically communicated.