Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) was developed by Francine Shapiro, PhD. She discovered that when the brain is stimulated bi-laterally it can spark the brains natural ability to process information. When negative experiences occur, they are stored in the brain with the negative beliefs associated with the experience, to avoid the negative associations the brain will develop unhealthy coping strategies. EMDR is used to access these experiences and fully process them so positive associations can be accepted by the individual and healthy coping strategies can be adopted.
At TTC EMDR is used in conjunction with family therapy to help facilitate healing for the relationships within the family. It is also used alongside play therapy, and Theraplay for child clients; and in combination with mindfulness and traditional talk therapy for adolescents and adults.
Play is a child’s first mode of communication, so we believe that allowing a child to utilize play to express their emotions, experiences and needs is the most logical avenue of therapy for younger children. Play therapy allows a child space to process without pressure to formulate words to express themselves. Play therapy can involve toys, the use of a sand tray, art activities, dramatic play, etc. This modality is self-guided by the child and provides a sense of control for children whom often are not in control in our society.
Infant Mental Health
Parents often need support in building a trusting relationship with their infant or toddler. Infant Mental Health is a vehicle that supports adults to watch, wonder and listen to the child. Supporting the development and parent-child relationship is crucial to creating trust. We provide space for allowing the relationship to take center stage without judgement to deepen the connection and scaffold new growth. We believe that by meeting the child’s needs through relationship with a caregiver who enjoys and stimulates the child, that lasting positive relationship patterns can be built and carried forward with the child into later relationships in life.
Family Crisis Support can look like many different services depending on the need of a family. When you or your family are left in a position of being disoriented due to a tragedy or fear evoking experience that could have or did lead to a loss we are here to help stabilize and guide. We offer suicide and self-harm assessments, crisis response through immediate openings for crisis debriefings, on going treatment and referrals for outside resources when needed.
Yoga based Psychotherapy
Learn body based coping skills such as yoga, breath, and meditation to help calm the nervous system and mediate trauma symptoms. Body based coping skills are used in conjunction with trauma processing to address the psychosomatic effects of trauma.
Occupational Therapy is a unique health profession that helps individuals to develop the skills needed for day-to-day activities that have been interrupted by injury, illness, chronic disease, developmental delays, trauma, the impacts of aging, or other health factors.
Occupational therapists are highly trained healthcare professionals that evaluate and assist individuals that are having difficulty participating in meaningful activities or “occupations” that are needed to perform their daily routines and live their life to the fullest.
This may include development of life skills such as learning at school, playing, completing self-care tasks, relating to others and fulfilling their role as a family member, leisure activities, socializing, activities of daily living, work.
Why would a child/adult be referred to occupational therapy?
Fine motor difficulties
Eye-hand coordination difficulties
Visual motor delays: printing, drawing, forming shapes, coloring
Visual perceptual delays: sorting, matching, figure-ground, scanning
Self-care delays: dressing, feeding, grooming, bathing
Sensory Processing: delays in adaptive responses to sights, sounds, movement, taste and touch
Decreased range of motion
Social difficulties: interacting with others, following others, play/leisure, working, safety procedures
TTC offers a revolving 12 weeks series for parents and caregivers. The program is based on the Nurturing Parenting Curriculum. In this series we touch on topics to include building routine and consistency, discipline, development and understanding behavior as a communication. Caregivers are welcome to join at any point as the class is revolving and will come back around to each topic every 12 weeks.
Substance Abuse Resulting from Trauma
We currently offer services for individuals who are struggling with substance abuse issues that are entwined with their trauma. Individuals who are seeking assistance with both and can meet with our resident LADAC/LPCC.