Once your therapist has completed the assessment process, they will recommend the best course of treatment for your needs. The licensed, mental health professionals of People to People provide both behavioral health counseling and psychotherapy services to cover a wide array of needs. They will help to educate you about your diagnosis while guiding you toward a whole-health solution.
Therapy sessions are typically held once-a-week, for 50-60 minutes at a time. People to People in Cambridge utilizes a varied and patient-specific approach to treatment, including a number of unique techniques for guided and self-care.
People to People’s mental health service professionals offer a range of counseling options for improved mental health and self care:
- Self Monitoring: We are creatures of habit – sometimes, of bad habits – so self-monitoring is a simple way to increase awareness of your own patterns of behavior and to correct course.
- Distraction: Purposeful use of distraction techniques can actually be of benefit in coping with emotions that are strong and feel uncomfortable. Taking your mind off of those emotions can help them to decrease in intensity, making them easier to manage.
- Self Soothing: Mindfulness should extend to your five senses, and through self-soothing, you provide positive stimulation to one or more of those senses to calm and relax your mind and body.
- Grounding Techniques: A coping mechanism that “grounds” you in the present moment can keep your mind from racing or wandering into dissociation. While distraction can help take you out of an uncomfortable emotional place, grounding enables you to focus on the moment at hand.
- Sleep Hygiene: How you feel during your waking hours hinges greatly on how well you sleep. Proper sleep hygiene – mindfulness of how you prepare yourself for a good night’s sleep – can reduce sleep deprivation and increase overall health.
- Anger Management: Given that anger is often associated with high levels of tension, it is important to utilize a coping strategy that is going to provide a sense of release or bring on a state of relaxation and peace.
- Expressive Writing: Using journaling to cope with and express your thoughts and feelings can be a good way of coping with the impact of a traumatic event, and expressive writing has been found to improve physical and psychological health.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): Flashbacks of trauma can often become lodged in the front-of-mind and experienced as though they are recurring. Use of EMDR can help condition the mind to move those traumatic memories into a different part of the brain, making them less vivid and, therefore, less impactful upon recall.