Therapy Referral List
Therapy can be a crucial part of your and your child’s healing and recovery. We’ve been making referrals to the following therapists for years. They all specialize in issues of sexual abuse and trauma. By looking at the chart, you may be able to figure out who would best support your child according to the ages they work with and your financial needs. If you have any questions about a therapist or need a recommendation, feel free to call Blue Sky Bridge at 303-444-1388.
COMMONLY ACCEPTED FORMS OF THERAPY FOR TRAUMA-RELATED ISSUES
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a powerful new psychotherapy technique which has been very successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic disturbing memories, post traumatic stress and many other emotional problems. Until recently, these conditions were difficult and time consuming to treat. EMDR is considered a breakthrough therapy because of its simplicity and the fact that it can bring quick and lasting relief for most types of emotional stress.
The EMDR therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are “trapped” in the nervous system. This assists the neurophysiological system, the basis of the mind/body connection, to free itself of blockages and reconnect itself (http://emdr-therapy.com).
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a clinically based treatment that involves individual sessions with the child and parent as well as joint parent-child sessions. The TF-CBT treatment model is informed by effective interventions for adult PTSD and for non-PTSD child anxiety disorders, and by cognitive and learning theories about the development of PTSD in children. The goal of TF-CBT is to address the unique bio-psychosocial needs of children with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other problems (e.g. depression, anxiety, anger) related to traumatic life experiences (e.g. sexual abuse, domestic violence). This therapy is for children ages 3 to 18 who have significant behavioral and emotional difficulties that are related to traumatic life events, even if they do not meet full diagnostic criteria for PTSD. TF-CBT has been used effectively with boys and girls from all socioeconomic backgrounds, who have lived in a variety of settings, and who are from diverse ethnic groups (http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/caare/training/training_tfcbt.html).
Brainspotting (BSP) is used with all areas of trauma, including survivors of war, natural disasters, and abuse. It is possible to release trauma from either a distressed or calm place in the body. The power of BSP is that one does not necessarily have to relive the traumatic event at the same level of intensity as the original trauma. Because of this, it is possible to resolve the trauma in a more contained manner. Trauma and stress can often overwhelm the nervous system. With the support of the therapist, BSP helps the client discharge the trauma and calm the nervous system (http://rockymountainbrainspottinginstitute.com).