Safety, choice, empowerment, and an encompassing approach to healing are the principles that underscore our approach to feeling better.
Individual therapy is rendered on a bi-weekly basis.
Supporting self-determination in our clients while challenging stigma associated with mental health are components of the paradigm from which we approach therapy. At the most basic level we believe everyone should have choice in how they approach their process. There are different practitioners available with varying specializations, as well as several modalities from which our clients can draw from in order to heal in a way that feels authentic and reasonable. Below is a sampling from our wide array of areas of focus and modalities.
We Provide Support For
PTSD & C-PTSD
Any situation that a person finds traumatic can cause PTSD.
Those with PTSD often relive the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks. They may experience feelings of isolation, irritability, guilt and suffer from sleep disturbances.
Complex PTSD may be caused by experiencing recurring or long-term traumatic events, experiencing trauma at a young age or were harmed by someone close to you.
PTSD can develop immediately after someone experiences a disturbing event, or it can occur weeks, months or even years later.
Interpersonal Trauma is trauma that is a result from interactions with other people. This could be; intimate partner violence, childhood abuse, physical or sexual assault.
Those who have experienced interpersonal trauma may experience emotional distress through anger, sadness, anxiety, shame, numbness, and/or feeling overwhelmed. Physical distress through fatigue, nausea, muscle tremors, and/or hyperarousal. Behavioral distress through avoidant behaviors, high-risk behaviors, sleep and appetite disturbances, and/or difficulties in relationships.
Dissociative disorders are frequently associated with previous experience of trauma and involve experiencing a disconnection and lack of continuity between thoughts, memories, surroundings, actions and identity. People with dissociative disorders escape reality in ways that are involuntary and interfere with functioning in everyday life.
Dissociative symptoms may include the experience of detachment or feeling as if one is outside one’s body, and loss of memory or amnesia.
A traumatic experience that happens only once. Examples of this include: a car accident, isolated sexual or physical assault, natural disasters, etc.
One event can have a profound effect on a survivor’s ability to sleep, to relate to others, and to function in a way that they had prior to that event.
Unwanted sexual contact or behavior impacts the lives and wellbeing of survivors in lots of different ways. Survivors may experience feelings related to PTSD, anxiety, depression, panic attacks and feeling a general lack of safety. While some of the impacts might last a few days, others might last for years .
Sex Trafficking and Sex Workers
Sexual and Identity Exploration
Sexual and identity exploration refers to the processes, experiences and changes over time in relation to a person’s identity as a sexual being and their patterns of sexual attractions and behaviors.
This process can include awareness, exploration, appraisal, commitment, integration, and communication about one’s preferences.
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)
Assuming dissociation occurs on a continuum, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is on the far end of it, while occasional “forgetfulness,” or feeling disconnected from the body could be on the mild end of the spectrum. Other experiences that occur in a range of frequency or intensity and often include a sense that the body is distinctive from self.
DID as well as other forms of dissociation is commonly a response to developmental trauma, and thus would be approached from a stage-based perspective. Internal family systems (IFS) is often very effective with this population and is an honoring approach to survivors with such profound histories. ITTC views dissociative responses as an emotional life raft and approach it in a non-pathological manner.
LGBTQIA+ individuals are more than twice as likely as heterosexuals to have a mental health disorder in their lifetime. They are 2.5 times more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and substance misuse compared with heterosexual individuals. LGBTQIA+ members may also experience isolation, lack of connection to family and community, and increased levels of stress due to stigma and discrimination.
Grief and Loss
Grief is complicated and is different for everyone. However, most people would agree that dealing with a loss takes a toll on your mental health. Feelings of sadness, anger, loneliness, and hopeless are all common emotions that people experience during the grieving process. Those who are experiencing grief might also feel or act differently than usual, acting withdrawn and not enjoy their usual activities or engaging in risky behaviors.
Chronic Pain + Illness
Chronic pain and mental health are often interconnected. People who experience chronic pain are much more likely to develop mood and anxiety disorders. For some, anxiety and depression can worsen chronic pain and pain can aggravate mental health issues.
Perinatal Mental Health
Perinatal mental health refers to a woman’s mental health during pregnancy and the postpartum period, a full 12 months after birth. Some examples of perinatal mental health concerns are postpartum depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and feelings of PTSD.
Perinatal depression and anxiety can often mask as feelings of inadequacy, feeling overwhelmed or trapped, or feelings of intense fear.
The emotional reaction to exposure to traumatic stories and experiences of others through work, and/or witnessing fear, pain, and terror that others have experienced. Experiencing vicarious trauma may include ruminating thoughts of the traumatic experience or rescue fantasies, feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, and cynicism.
For those who have witnessed a traumatic event, there may be feelings of bystander guilt, shame, feelings of self-doubt.
Developmental Trauma & Adverse Childhood Experiences
Adverse Childhood experiences (commonly referred to as ACEs) and developmental trauma are linked to higher levels of mental health concerns through adulthood. ACEs include experiences such as physical and emotional abuse, neglect, caregiver mental illness and/or substance use, and household violence.
Developmental trauma refers to adverse experiences in early childhood with the added complexity of occurring over time and within the context of a close relationship, most often a caregiver.
Intimate Relationships Trauma + Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
Intimate Relationships Trauma + Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is abuse or aggression that occurs in a romantic relationship. “Intimate partner” refers to both current and former spouses and dating partners.
IPV survivors often have immediate needs for safety and resources to improve their ability to cope, establish independence from their abusive partners, and engage in treatment. Survivors often internalize the verbal abuse from their partner. They may blame themselves for their situation, experience fear, as well as anger and resentment towards themselves and have extreme feelings of guilt.
Intergenerational and Family Trauma
Intergenerational trauma is a concept developed to help explain trauma that is passed from a trauma survivor to their descendants. This can occur if a parent experienced abuse as a child and the cycle of trauma and abuse impacts their parenting. Another example can also be the result of oppression, including racial trauma or other systemic oppression.
People experiencing intergenerational trauma may experience symptoms, reactions, patterns, and emotional and psychological effects from trauma experienced by previous generations. In addition, symptoms may include hyper-vigilance, anxiety, and mood dysregulation.
Modalities and Approaches
Integrative therapy is an individualized, holistic approach to therapy that combines ideas and techniques from different therapeutic schools of thought depending on the unique needs of a given client.
Clients who seek to have a voice in the direction of their therapy, and who view the therapeutic relationship as a partnership, may be especially receptive to an integrative approach.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a structured therapy that encourages the patient to focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation through eye movements which has been associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the traumatic memories.
EMDR requires a high level of stabilization and resourcing prior to beginning and is not suitable for all types of trauma.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an approach to therapy that identifies and addresses multiple sub-personalities or “families” within each person’s mental system. IFS focuses on healing the wounded parts and restoring mental balance by changing the dynamics that create dissonance among the sub-personalities and the Self.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a talk therapy that encourages you to change the negative thinking patterns you have and to reevaluate the way you think and behave in triggering situations and challenges.
CBT seeks to give clients the ability to recognize when their thoughts might become troublesome, and gives them techniques to redirect those thoughts.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of talk therapy that is based on CBT. It is a structured program with a strong educational component designed to provide skills for managing intense emotions and negotiating social relationships.
DBT helps clients find ways to accept themselves, feel safe, and manage their emotions to help regulate potentially destructive or harmful behaviors.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is designed to help 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.
Somatic therapy is a form of body-centered therapy that looks at the connection of mind and body and uses both traditional talk therapy and physical therapies, such as use mind-body exercises, for holistic healing.
Motivational interviewing is a therapeutic method that helps people resolve mixed feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior.
Trauma-informed care describes a framework for working with and relating to clients who have experienced negative consequences after exposure to a dangerous or threatening experience or set of experiences. Trauma-informed care is important for achieving mental health equity because it helps traditionally marginalized people or people who have experienced trauma to trust their clinicians and engage more meaningfully with their care.
Narrative therapy is a form of therapy that views people as separate from their problems and destructive behaviors. This allows clients to get some distance from the difficulty they face and gain some perspective allowing them to “rewrite” their narrative to reflect who they really are.
Solution-Focused therapy focuses on finding solutions in the present and exploring one’s hope for the future in order to find a quick and pragmatic resolution of one’s problems rather than dwelling in the past.
Person-centered therapy is a non-authoritative approach that allows clients to take more of a lead in sessions such that, in the process, they discover their own solutions.
Culturally Sensitive Therapy
Culturally sensitive therapy is an approach to therapy that acknowledges and emphasizes the therapist’s understanding of a client’s background and belief system as it relates to their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or other important elements that make up someone’s culture and/or identity. Therapists incorporate cultural sensitivity into their work to accommodate and respect differences in the opinions, values, and attitudes of various cultures and different types of people and to provide the most effective treatment for a particular client.
Feminist therapy is an approach to therapy that focuses on the challenges that women face as a result of bias, stereotyping, oppression, discrimination, and how those stressors can negatively affect their mental health.
We offer services to
- Young Adults
- Adolescents 12+
- Groups, Schools & Businesses
- Medical & Mental Health Professionals