Individual CounselingWound Healing

All of Tu Casa's counseling services are trauma focused, meaning that we work to help each client understand their traumatic experiences and meet them where they are.  The main goal of therapy is to get the client to the point of being able to tell their story without having a negative reaction.  There are two different types of counseling services offered for adults and some children: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). 

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)

The main focus of TFCBT is to help the victim/survivor etc. learn and understand why they are experiencing symptoms of trauma, and what those symptoms are.  This phase is called psychoeducation.  The main goal, is to help the client learn ways to cope and work through their trauma so they can eventually tell their story however, and whenever they choose with little to no triggers or symptoms of trauma.  The idea is this:  The event the client has endured is enough, but most often, the next steps for the client include the interviews and legal processes which are also invasive.  When a person does not have a choice in giving their story, they have once again lost control, and trust in others and themselves).  As the treating therapist, it is essential to help the client gain this trust and control back by allowing them to tell their story however they choose.   In the end the client gains control because though they could not control the traumatic event, they can control when and how they tell their story of it and why they choose to tell it.

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye movement is used to help the person focus on a specific problem while allowing the body to desensitize emotions and reactions to that problem.  “EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way” – EMDR International Association.

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Play TherapyPlaytherapy

Play therapy allows children the chance to express themselves and their emotional distress, such as sadness, fear, anger or frustration, through a variety of toys and methods of play, like sand play, art play, dramatic play or fantasy play. Play therapy is the preferred method for children from toddlers to pre-teens, as traditional adult therapies do not meet the needs of children, because play is the primary way that children communicate. Play therapy is a benefit to the child, because it allows them to express their trauma in a developmentally appropriate level, while simultaneously developing a relationship with their therapist creating a sense of security when expressing their emotional distress. 

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