*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.
The phone rang at 6 p.m. on a Wednesday night at the Crisis Line. Isabella Rowe, a fairly new member of the Crisis Line team, answered the call. The caller shared he was having a really rough time getting through a terrible divorce and was currently homeless. He was feeling desperate and so hopeless that he had thoughts of dying by walking in to traffic earlier that day. Many of these feelings were due to the love he felt for Sanaa, his service dog of 7 years, who helped him due to a seizure disorder. The caller had a really hard time finding a spot in a shelter since most won't take Sanaa. The caller reported feeling increasingly worried about caring for her properly on the street.
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