This practice utilizes a variety of well researched treatments. After the history taking process we will explain which therapy will bring you relief from the issues that brought you to therapy. Together you will design a plan of treatment.
About our practice
We specialize in treating
- Military, Veterans, and first responders
- Male and female survivors of sexual assault
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Individuals of Color (BIPOC)
A Word from Mikah Watford, LPC, LCDC
“After listening to you and really hearing your story, we design a treatment plan together. I have a variety of approaches and will share with you which treatments will best help you meet your treatment goals and we’ll determine a direction, together. For some clients, an approach with homework keeps them engaged. For others, they prefer eye movement therapy because trauma is processed quickly and you don’t have to find the right words. Still, others just want an inviting and comfortable place to process their feelings in a nonjudgmental environment.”
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a short-term, problem-focused form of behavioral treatment that helps people see the difference between beliefs, thoughts, and feelings, and free them from unhelpful patterns of behavior. CBT is grounded in the belief that it is a person’s perception of events – rather than the events themselves – that determines how he or she will feel and act in response. CBT can help with: Depression Anxiety Panic attacks Phobias Obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD) Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Substance dependency Persistent pain Disordered eating Sexual issues Anger management…
Counseling for Trauma
Most people will experience trauma in their lifetime whether it’s a car accident, abuse or neglect, the sudden death of a loved one, a violent criminal act, exposure to the violence of war, or a natural disaster. While many people can recover from trauma over time with the love and support of family and friends and bounce back with resiliency, others may discover effects of lasting trauma, which can cause a person to live with deep emotional pain, fear, confusion, or posttraumatic stress far after the event has passed…
EMDR and Accelerated Resolution Therapy
What is EMDR Therapy? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from different treatment approaches. How does EMDR work? EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy and uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain. Therapists often use eye movements to facilitate the bilateral stimulation. These eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement…
Grief & Bereavement Counseling
Bereavement and grief aren’t light-hearted topics. Bereavement refers to the process of recovering from the death of a loved one, and grief is a reaction for any form of loss. Both encompass a wide range of emotions such as fear, anger and deep, deep sadness. The process of adapting to a loss can dramatically change from person to person, depending on his or her background, beliefs, relationship to the person who’s passed, and other factors. Common symptoms of grief can be physical, emotional or social. A few common symptoms in these categories…
Cognitive Processing Therapy
Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy. This type of therapy is designed to help people change and challenge their current beliefs about their trauma. Cognitive processing therapy has been effective in reducing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Different types of PTSD include:
And other traumatic events
Equine Assisted Therapy
Horses can serve as an important tool to move from post traumatic stress to post traumatic growth. Equine Therapy can help the individual build confidence, self- efficiency, communication, trust, perspective, social skills, impulse control, and learn boundaries. Since the horses have similar behaviors with humans, such as social and responsive behaviors, it is easy for the patients to create a connection with the horse. Riders with disabilities demonstrate their remarkable accomplishments in national and international sport riding competitions. Equine-Assisted Therapies have been recognized in the medical and mental health field by most major countries.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
DBT provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas. First, mindfulness focuses on improving an individual’s ability to accept and be present in the current moment. Second, distress tolerance is geared toward increasing a person’s tolerance of negative emotion, rather than trying to escape from it. Third, emotion regulation covers strategies to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in a person’s life. Fourth, interpersonal effectiveness consists of techniques that allow a person to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens relationships.
Warrior Class- Military, Veterans and First Responders
We offer experienced and specialized cares for veterans , LEOs, firefighters, and other first responders experience a group of mental health conditions that tend to disproportionately affect these populations. These conditions may include posttraumatic stress (PTSD), depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and substance abuse, among other issues. Due to the traumatic environment in which these warriors serve, they suffer disproportionately. We address these concerns with evidenced based therapy.
There has always been an underlying stigma attached to mental health, even more so in the case of black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) who often face mounting barriers to mental healthcare.We are equipped to help.
There has always been an underlying stigma attached to mental health, even more so in the case of black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) who often face mounting barriers to mental healthcare. We are equipped to help.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersexed (LGBTQI*) community represents a diverse range of identities and expressions of gender and sexual orientation. In addition to these identities, members of the community are diverse in terms of race, religion, ethnicity, nationality and socioeconomic class. This intersectionality — the combined and overlapping aspects of a persons’s identity — brings diversity of thought, perspective, understanding and experience. This complexity is important to understand as a unique and valuable aspect of the LGBTQI community that can result in a strong sense of pride and resiliency.
While belonging to the LGBTQI community can be a source of strength, it also brings unique challenges. For those who identify as LGBTQI, it’s important to recognize how your experience of sexual orientation and gender identity relates to your mental health.