Grief counseling is a form of psychotherapy that aims to help people cope with grief and mourning following the death of loved ones or with major life changes that triggers feelings of grief.
Kelly feels that everyone grieves differently and there is no specific time table on your grief. Kelly is a Certified Grief Counselor through the American Institute of Healthcare Professionals and Trained with the Foundation for Infant Loss. Kelly has worked with grieving children and adults throughout her entire career (grief camps, Hospice, etc) who have experienced grief from various types of death including illness, suicide, murder, and accidents.
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidenced based treatment model of psychotherapy that addresses the unique needs of children and adolescents with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms, depression, behavior problems, and other difficulties related to traumatic life experiences. TF-CBT is a structured, short-term (12 to 25 sessions) model for children and adolescents who have experienced repeated episodes of trauma or a single occurrence of trauma including:
- Sexual Abuse
- Physical Abuse
- Exposed to Domestic Abuse and Family Violence
- Children who have experienced the death of a loved one
- Other types of trauma (accidents, etc.)
Core components of TF-CBT include:
- Psycho-education and parenting skills
- Affective regulation
- Cognitive processing of the trauma
- Trauma narrative
- In vivo mastery of trauma reminders
- Conjoint child-parent sessions
- Enhancing future safety and development
Progressive counting (PC) is a psychotherapy technique developed by Dr. Ricky Greenwald designed for trauma resolution. It is used to reduce or eliminate symptoms such as anxiety, depression, guilt, anger, and post-traumatic reactions. It can also be used to enhance psychological resources such as confidence and self-esteem.
The procedure involves having the client visualize a series of progressively longer "movies" of the trauma memory while the therapist counts out loud (first to a count of 10, then 20, then 30, etc.). By repeatedly imagining the movie of the memory, the memory gets "digested" or healed, via desensitization, emotional processing, gaining perspective, or other means. PC has been found to be as effective and efficient as EMDR and is well tolerated by clients.
Kelly has utilized PC with many clients and they have reported a decrease in flashbacks and found this intervention to be highly effective.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a kind of therapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress/pain that are the result of scary, painful, stressful or disturbing life experiences.
Some experiences/memories have a lasting negative effect on our lives that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way you relate to other people. When someone experiences a stressful or scary life event, this can lead to the experience of intense emotions.
The normal mode of coping with those emotions is to “stuff them”, “block them out”, “put on a mask”, compartmentalize them, etc. Unfortunately this usually doesn't help people, the emotions and feelings don't usually just disappear. Utilizing EMDR and a repeated sets of eye movements, the memory tends to change in such a way that it loses its painful intensity and simply becomes a neutral memory of an event in the past.
Other associated memories may also heal at the same time. This linking of related memories can lead to a dramatic and rapid improvement in many aspects of your life. EMDR has been found to be effective in treating individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, grief and loss, depression, anger, performance anxiety, and feelings of worthlessness or low self-esteem. EMDR is extremely effective for single incident trauma.
Are you established with a therapist, but would like EMDR to deal with a specific trauma, contact Kelly regarding this. Kelly can collaborate with your therapist in order to offer EMDR to you while still maintaining your relationship with your existing therapist.
Kelly does not work with Complex Trauma, Complex PTSD clients or clients with an attachment disorder.
Telemental health counseling
TeleMental Health is defined as follows: “TeleMental Health means the mode of delivering services via technology-assisted media, such as but not limited to, a telephone, video, internet, a smartphone, tablet, PC desktop system or other electronic means using appropriate encryption technology for electronic health information.
I have completed specialized training in TeleMental Health and am Board Certified as a TeleMental Health Provider. I have also developed several policies and protective measures to assure your PHI remains confidential. I utilize Video Conferencing (VC): Video Conferencing to conduct remote sessions over the internet where we not only can speak to one another, but we may also see each other on a screen. I utilize Simple Practice. I will give you detailed directions regarding how to log-in securely. I also ask that you please sign on to the platform at least five minutes prior to your session time to ensure we get started promptly. Additionally, you are responsible for initiating the connection with me at the time of your appointment. I strongly suggest that you only communicate through a computer or device that you know is safe (e.g., has a firewall, anti-virus software installed, is password protected, not accessing the internet through a public wireless network, etc.).
Structure and Cost of Sessions I may provide video conferencing if your treatment needs determine that TeleMental Health services are appropriate for you. If appropriate, you may engage in either face-to-face sessions, TeleMental Health, or both. We will discuss what is best for you.
The structure and cost of TeleMental Health sessions are exactly the same as face-to-face sessions. Insurance companies have many rules and requirements specific to certain benefit plans. At the present time, many do not cover TeleMental Health services. Unless otherwise negotiated, it is your responsibility to find out your insurance company’s policies and to file for insurance reimbursement for TeleMental Health services.
If we agree that TeleMental Health services are the primary way we choose to conduct sessions, I require one face-to-face meeting at the onset of treatment. Please read the policies specific to TeleMental Health Counseling.