*All videos are Closed Captioned on Youtube*
Janet successfully completed a full protocol of Cognitive Processing Therapy for childhood trauma. She reported feeling uncomfortable with the memories and struggled talking about them.
After beginning to realize she was using problematic thinking to justify self-loathing and accepting the responsibility of her abuser, she began reporting a significant drop in the frequency, strength and vividness of the memories.
Janet is now focusing on strengthening the relationship with her daughter and going back to college. She shares she is now also willing to entertain the possibility of starting a new romantic relationship since she feels confident in the skills she has learned to identify abusive behaviors and establish healthy and appropriate boundaries.
The joy in Janet’s face is evident when she describes the benefits of the services she has received at the Northwest Community Service Center.
Nicholas Shawver, LPC, LCDC, LSOTP
Licensed Professional of the Healing Arts (LPHA) 2
*The name of the client has been altered to safeguard the client’s privacy.
Maria* presented to therapy with Paula Moore, PsyD at the IDD STARS Clinic due to depression, pervasive anxiety and a preoccupation with protecting herself. She was also diagnosed with mild Intellectual Disability and ADHD. Early on, although cooperative, progress was minimal. After securely establishing rapport, she began to show signs of growth in therapy. She responded particularly well to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Not only was she responsive in therapy, but she also demonstrated a keen ability to follow-through on CBT strategies outside of session.
Joshua* is an nine-year-old boy whose journey we celebrate. He was a client of both the Feeding Clinic and the Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) program. When we met him at age five, Joshua was non-verbal and had periods of aggressive behavior.
Anaira noted Maritza’s baby seemed happy and well cared for, but during her observations, she became concerned about Martiza when she noticed changes in Martiza’s self-care.
Savannah was referred to our YES Waiver program in November 2019. At that time, she was engaging in self-harm and was also fighting depression and anxiety.
Oliver* was referred to Project CHANGE by a counselor in his school, he is 15 years-old. When we first met him, he reported having visual and auditory hallucinations and was experiencing insomnia due to intense nightmares. In our assessment, we identified the nightmares were a response to the trauma he experienced when he and his mother were kidnapped by a criminal organization for 16 days after a failed attempt to emigrate their home in Honduras. After another attempt, Oliver and his mother were able to cross the US border.
Please join us for the “Let Your Voice Be Heard” meeting series. The meeting will take place on the first Wednesday of the month at 12 p.m. on LifeSize. This meeting is for the individuals and families we serve, as well as staff members. The goal of this monthly meeting is to get feedback to create a more trauma informed environment for those we serve.
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