Why We Can Help
It takes more than flour to make a cake. Simple talk therapy is wonderful, but science has shown that mental unhappiness such as anxiety, depression and trauma, are held in different parts of the brain, body and spirit. Therefore, it is imperative to treat the whole being in order achieve real and lasting mental health. As a therapist, I love sitting with my clients face to face every week to help them better understand the sources of their anxiety. The therapeutic relationship is vital to mental health. But, in my experience, talk therapy is not enough. That is why in addition to the psychotherapy I incorporate a specifically designed program of healing mechanisms that align the body, mind and spirit. It is knowing this that makes us successful as healers, and why we can help you.
The Missing Peace is also Accredited by The Joint Commission. This accreditation means that our facilities meet the same quality control and inspection standards as a hospital. The accreditation signifies many things, but most importantly it lets our patients and community know that we have placed an emphasis on quality of care.
THE MIND: Individual Therapy- CBT, EMDR, Exposure Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Art Therapy, Group Therapy
Individual Therapy CBT, Trauma Work & Exposure Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)-Our thoughts inform our behavior. Our thoughts give rise to our actions. Change your thoughts=Change your behavior. CBT is an Evidence-Based therapy designed to aid you in processing your worries and execute your responsibilities without fear. This kind of therapy teaches you how to think about your issues differently. How to find the solution instead of focusing on the problem. This informs your actions. When fear no longer dominates your thoughts, your actions and your life become very different.
Exposure Therapy-Exposure therapy is exactly what it sounds like. Think of it as the equivalent of a vaccination. This process takes gentle and realistic steps toward helping you to live your life again with small and brief sessions that help you to better understand how your anxiety speaks to you, and how to change the dialogue in your head so that you can conquer the trauma or fear that is unjustly controlling your life.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)- Thi therapy was first developed by Francine Shapiro upon noticing that certain eye movements reduced the intensity of disturbing thought. Scientific studies with trauma victims produced research to be published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress in 1989. When a traumatic or distressing experience occurs, it may overwhelm normal coping mechanisms. When experiencing a disturbing thought, the eyes involuntarily movie rapidly. When brought under voluntary control while thinking a traumatic thought, anxiety is reduced and the traumatic events “upset the excitatory/inhibitory balance in the brain, causing a pathological change in the neural elements”. In other words, this modality of processing trauma changes the brains reaction to the already experienced trauma. We have found this approach for people suffering from PTSD, and other symptoms of trauma, greatly reduces trauma, flashbacks, nightmares, panic attacks and other symptoms commonly associated with PTSD. We have learned to trust the process of EMDR, and have seen miraculous results.
When we are awake and alert our brains are producing beta waves. Beta waves move very quickly and while they are activated it’s extremely difficult to access the subconscious mind. Hypnosis is the symbol act of shifting your brain waves into an alpha theta state. If you have ever watched television you have been hypnotized. As your brain watches the television it shifts into a more relaxed alpha state which makes you more suggestible and open to new ideas. This is why commercials are so effective, your brain is in the perfect state to entice you to eat the food they are displaying or buy the car they are showing off.
A certified hypnotherapist can help you reprogram negative messaging that is impacting your life. Behaviors and thought patterns that no longer serve you are within your grasp to change.
Art therapy does not require you to be an artist. Anxiety, trauma and depression are stored in many parts of our brains and bodies. The opportunity to express our feelings through color and tactile experience, allows to approach our pain that is stored deep inside other parts of self.
Embrace the daunting idea of Group therapy. Group therapy is probably the last thing you want to hear about! Depression and anxiety tell you to avoid others. Depression and anxiety tell you that others will judge you and that there is something wrong with you. Quite the opposite is the gift you will receive for taking on this seemingly challenging modality. There is power in groups. Our groups are thoughtfully and carefully designed to create feelings of belonging and acceptance of one another. The support you will feel in groups is a very important part of loving yourself, loving others and healing each other. Groups can involve simple processing, art, meditation, breathwork, song-writing, aromatherapy, movement and nutrition.