Treatment Methods

Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI)

CFTSI is an evidence-based early intervention for children & youth aged 7-18 years.  The model insures the best possible outcomes, provided there is adequate support from parents or caregivers. It is a brief model that is guided by a treatment manual, with the aim to reduce traumatic stress reactions, and prevent Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is aimed at supporting children and adolescences that may have been recently exposed to a potentially traumatic event. Some goals of CFTSI are to:

* Decrease traumatic stress reactions

* Strengthen communication between the child and caregiver about the child’s traumatic stress reactions

* Teach skills to reduce trauma reactions

* Improve screening and identification of children impacted by traumatic stress

* Assess the child’s need for longer-term treatment


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a therapeutic approach that uses adaptive information processing (which posits that trauma is stored and caught in the brains neural networks) and bilateral stimulation (stimulation of both right and left brain hemispheres) to help decrease emotionally charged memories and events. It is designed to help reduce trauma-related stress, anxiety, depressive symptoms associated with post traumatic stress disorder and to improve overall mental health functioning. EMDR treatment starts with an assessment of the client’s history and readiness for EMDR therapy. In the preparation stage a solid foundation of positive coping skills is built and identification of specific events and memories (both positive and negative) are used to help guide the treatment phase. Treatment sessions focus on processing targeted traumatic memories using bilateral stimulation and gentle guidance from your EMDR therapist. Sessions typically last one and a half hours when in the treatment phase.  The goal of EMDR is to dissipate unhelpful emotions, belief patterns and symptoms connected to the traumatic memory, and to create new neural pathways with more helpful beliefs and emotions. It’s the hope that through EMDR when one recalls the traumatic memory it does not provoke such a strong emotional charge, but can hold the memory with new internal beliefs and adaptive emotions.

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