SAND TRAY THERAPY
Sand tray is a powerful and effective intervention tool for children, teens, adults, and couples/families in a variety of therapeutic settings. Sand tray utilizes a wide range of miniature figurines with which clients “build a world” in a tray of sand. With the support and witness of a sand tray therapist, this process of storytelling through images promotes a deepened expression, experience, and understanding of the client's inner world, and thus provides the opportunity for healing on a variety of levels.
EAGALA EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY
The Eagala Model is a non-riding, distinct, experience-based therapy designed to empower clients (children, teens and adults) to analyze their situations, make connections, and find their own solutions through personal and physical experiences. Clients have reported that they have been able to change and grow more effectively and quickly than through traditional approaches. The Eagala Model is so effective because it embraces the philosophy that humans learn best by doing. The model prescribes a hands-on approach where clients are given the space to project and analyze their situations, make connections, and find their own solutions. Since the solutions are personally experienced in conjunction with intellectual understanding, they tend to be deeper, more profound, and longer lasting. The Eagala Model stands alone in the world of equine-assisted therapy due to a strict commitment to standards, code of ethics, continuing education, and a replicable framework. The Eagala Model is a team approach that includes a registered, credentialed Mental Health Professional, a qualified Equine Specialist, and horses working together with the client at all times.
For more information, visit www.EAGALA.org
CREATIVE ART ACTIVITIES
Many individuals find it difficult to engage solely in "talk therapy" processing. Oftentimes, engaging in art activities such as drawing, painting, collages, or coloring, help to further facilitate therapeutic processing and can be helpful to clients as part of their therapeutic process.
Play is the child's language and toys are the child's words! Children are referred for play therapy to resolve their problems (Carmichael; 2006; Schaefer, 1993). Often, children have used up their own problem solving tools, and they misbehave, may act out at home, with friends, and at school (Landreth, 2002). Play therapy allows trained mental health practitioners who specialize in play therapy, to assess and understand children's play. Further, play therapy is utilized to help children cope with difficult emotions and find solutions to problems (Moustakas, 1997; Reddy, Files-Hall, & Schaefer, 2005). By confronting problems in the clinical Play Therapy setting, children find healthier solutions. Play therapy allows children to change the way they think about, feel toward, and resolve their concerns (Kaugars & Russ, 2001). Even the most troubling problems can be confronted in play therapy and lasting resolutions can be discovered, rehearsed, mastered and adapted into lifelong strategies (Russ, 2004).
Visit the Association for Play Therapy for more information: www.a4pt.org
ACCELERATED RESOLUTION THERAPY
Accelerated Resolution Therapy is a form of psychotherapy with roots in existing evidence-based therapies but shown to achieve benefits much more rapidly (usually within 1-5 sessions). Clients with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, sexual abuse and many other mental and physical conditions can experience remarkable benefits starting in the first session. ART is not hypnosis. The client is always in control of the entire ART session, with the therapist guiding the process. Although some traumatic experiences such as rape, combat experiences, or loss of a loved one can be very painful to think about or visualize, the therapy rapidly moves clients beyond the place where they are stuck in these experiences toward growth and positive changes. The process is very straightforward, using relaxing eye movements and a technique called Voluntary Memory/Image Replacement to change the way in which the negative images are stored in the brain. The treatment is grounded in well-established psychotherapy techniques, and the end result is that traumas and difficult life experiences will no longer trigger strong emotions or physical reactions. Importantly, clients do not even have talk about their traumas or difficult life experiences with the therapist to achieve recovery. For more information, visit: