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Play therapy is a specific style of counseling designed for younger children whose primary language is play. Children do not communicate like adults so play therapy offers children the opportunity to process thoughts and feelings through play themes that the counselor is trained to interpret. This video gives a brief introduction to play therapy according the the American Association for Play Therapy. Shamicka Cannon LMSW offers play therapy to children under the supervision of Katheryn McLendon LCSW. Parents can access additional resources at https://www.a4pt.org/page/ParentsCornerHomePag
EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation to reduce the intensity of emotion associated with a distressing memory and/or thought. EMDR is an evidenced based treatment for a variety of conditions involving past trauma. Katheryn McLendon LCSW is trained in EMDR-II and has completed extensive training in using this modality with a number of different treatment issues including anxiety, depression, acute stress and post traumatic stress, and shame. EMDRIA institute provides training and certification for counselors in this modality. Check out https://www.emdria.org/ for more information.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the best researched modalities in mental health for multiple disorders. CBT looks at how our thoughts impact our feelings and behaviors. It seeks to assist people in reframing their thoughts to have a positive impact on their mood and behavior. Dianna Neal LCSW and Shamicka Cannon LMSW both offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dianna treats adults dealing with mood and substance use issues using CBT and Shamicka treats adolescents and school age children using CBT. Katheryn McLendon LCSW is foundationally trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is helpful for clients who struggle with mood disorders and in preparing for trauma work. In this video the founder, Marsha Linehan, describes how DBT skills can be beneficial to anyone. Marsha Linehan started the Linehan Institute that trains and certifies therapists in this modality. Go to https://dbt-lbc.org/ for more information.