Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a highly effective treatment for symptoms of traumatic stress in children and youth. Signs of traumatic stress that caregivers may observe include: crying, appearing sad, anxious or angry, nightmares or difficulties sleeping, trouble concentrating, changes in school performance, a return to earlier developmental stages such as bedwetting or using baby talk, repeatedly talking about or playing out the traumatic events, or changes in behavior or personality.
TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment that is backed by scientific studies that document its effectiveness in helping children and families recover from the negative effects of traumatic experiences. Family functioning is also improved because TF-CBT encourages the caregiver to be the primary agent of change for the traumatized child.
Play Therapy is a child-sensitive, developmentally appropriate mental health intervention that helps children heal from traumatic wounding as well as teaching problem-solving skills and how to self-regulate. We believe that play is the primary way that children learn about their world, communicate thoughts and feelings and attempt to work through difficult situations.
We are trained in both non-directive and directive play therapy. In non-directive play therapy, we allow the child to lead the play, trusting that the child’s issues will naturally arise in their play. We are trained to interpret the meaning of children’s play and discuss with parents what is at the root of their child’s behavior. We work closely with parents to generate strategies that will help bring resolution to the child’s problems. In directive play therapy, specific activities are selected to teach a child skills or to better understand necessary concepts. We may work with the whole family to engage in activities that will bring understanding to the child’s issues and increase support in the child’s healing.
We also use play-based activities to foster and increase attachment between parents and children. We provide an array of expressive arts therapies including play, sand tray, art, movement, music and poetry.
Alexis Greeves is a Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor and is one of only a few in the nation also fluent in American Sign Language.
ASL-based and Deaf-friendly Services are the cornerstone of our practice. While we are both hearing, we strive to strengthen our signing skills and knowledge of the Deaf community. We value our Deaf clients as the experts in their community and culture. We also recognize the unique and important role hearing children of Deaf parents play in the community. Sometimes this role can come with challenges and struggles that few in the hearing community can appreciate. We have had experience journeying alongside these young people as they work through issues of identity and responsibility.
Consultations with school personnel and teachers may be a helpful way to better understand the social-emotional needs of the deaf children in hearing educational settings. We provide insight as well as strategies for accommodations for students with a hearing loss or a mental health condition.