“Beyond the Couch” Explores the Benefits of Group Therapy!

The newest episode of the “Beyond the Couch” podcast is here!

Today, we look at the benefits of group therapy, different formats of group therapy, and how we can gain the most benefit from group therapy. You can listen to the episode here!

Don’t forget: If you missed the first few episodes, they are always available via iTunes, on my website, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and YouTube.

If you’ve found these episodes helpful in some way, please be sure to read a rating and review so that 1.) I know what helps you and 2.) so that others in the same boat can find what they need.

Enjoy these first few episodes before the next one on Thursday – we’ll be focusing on Mindfulness!

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Do I Need Treatment for PTSD? Part 1

PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. You may find it hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about.

For some people, PTSD symptoms may start later on, or they may come and go over time. For some, treatment can get rid of PTSD altogether. For others, it can make symptoms less intense. Treatment gives you the tools to manage symptoms so they don’t keep you from living a fulfilling life.

Any experience that threatens your life, safety, or someone else’s can cause PTSD. These events are sometimes called trauma. A traumatic event could be something that happened to you or something you saw happen to someone else. During this kind of event, you may not have any control over what’s happening may feel very afraid, helpless, or powerless. Anyone who has gone through something like this can develop PTSD.

Going through a traumatic event is not rare. At least half of Americans have had a traumatic event in their lives. Of people who have had trauma, about 1 in 10 men and 2 in 10 women will develop PTSD.

Part 2 will cover some additional guidelines in considering whether you need treatment for traumatic symptoms.

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Is CPT for PTSD Right for You?

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD is one of our favorite approaches in trauma recovery. And we’re not alone! Multiple research studies show the significant benefits and improvements in people working to transform their lives after a traumatic event, leading it to be considered a gold standard treatment for trauma recovery. As one of a handful of therapists in NY offering CPT to the community, we can help you get your life back on track with 12 weekly session modules.

In CPT, we work to help you understand and change how you think about your trauma and its aftermath. Our goal is to understand how certain thoughts about your trauma bring on stress and make your symptoms worse.

You will learn how your thoughts about the world and yourself are making you feel afraid or upset. Together, we will help you will learn to replace these thoughts with more accurate and less upsetting ones that can help you feel safer, calmer, and more in control of your life. You will also learn ways to cope with the difficult feelings such as anger, guilt, and fear. CPT also helps you understand that what happened was not your fault.

Not everyone entering therapy for PTSD will have the same goals. Part of our initial sessions will include figuring out specifically what your life would look like once you’ve work through the trauma symptoms.

Be sure to contact us for information on how you can get started living the fulfilling life you deserve and share with any loved ones who might benefit from this empowering therapy model!

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The Goddess Curriculum: Empowerment through Living

Now enrolling for our women’s trauma group, The Goddess Curriculum: Empowerment through Living! Beginning October 18th, our integrative and holistic support group will meet weekly on Tuesday’s at 5:30pm to help women move past trauma and abuse to live fully empowered lives. flower-garden-250016_1920TRAUMA

Embracing the Goddess within begins with taking a look at our flyer below and contacting me for your initial screening.

Goddess Curriculum Flyer

New Women’s Trauma Group Coming Soon!

We are so excited about our newest group to introduce to our community! This is an original group created with the unique needs of women living their life following trauma. An integrative supportive and didactic group for adult female survivors of trauma provides a comprehensive and holistic approach to re-empowering women to live their lives as they wish.

We explore the many impacts of trauma as well as healing approaches spanning many modalities and focusing on transformative empowerment in our daily lives. Small group size and interaction allows for comfort in sharing our experiences to heal while focusing on forward movement and changes in our lives. The group meets weekly and is time limited so that members can implement what is learned in the group into their own lives as well as receive feedback within the group while making changes in their lives.

The nature of this group requires a small size to ensure a comfortable, quality experience. Please contact me to register and ensure your spot.

Welcome Tour!

Don’t forget to view our virtual tour on our YouTube channel! You’ll get a peek at the therapeutic and healing environment we’ve selected and customized with your comfort and joy in mind.

 

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Launching Our Meditation Series

Mindfulness meditation refers to a practice that focuses on awareness of the present experience without judgment. This involves paying attention to each event experienced in the present moment with a non-judgmental, non-reactive and accepting attitude, allowing us to fully experience our lives freed from judgment. Guided Imagery uses mental images and sensations to enhance our natural ability to perform, change, or cope in various life situations. It helps to clear our mind from daily worries and focus on a relaxing place or theme. Each helps us build a more fulfilling life.

Beginning August 1st, this series of meditations will continue for 8 weeks every Monday evening, excluding Labor Day, through September 29th. This event will be capped at 6 participants to ensure a comfortable, quality experience for all participants. Prepayment of $30 is required to ensure your spot. Please contact me to register.

Early bird special: Register by July 25th and receive $5 off!

If you’re interested but can’t come in person, contact me for options to have you join us digitally to still gain the benefits of this incredible practice.

I can’t wait to share one of my favorite meditation styles with you!

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