SPECIAL THINGS WE OFFER
Healing, Restoration, Wholeness
COUPLES THERAPY/GOTTMAN METHOD
John and Julie Gottman are researchers/clinicians out of Seattle who have studied thousands of marriages over 40 years. With over 270 journal articles and 30 books, their research is both scientifically based and immensely practical.
Our couples therapists have been trained in and use Gottman Method. Through a process of gaining a comprehensive history of the couple’s relationship, marriage questionnaire called The Relationship Checkup, and teaching each couple practical tools, this process is designed to rebuild and strengthen marriages no matter how difficult that marriage has been.
At the Pratt Clinic our therapists are function more as coaches than referees. We believe that if a couple can begin to see one another and listen, then new connections can be formed and problems begin to be resolved.
STORY WORK/NARRATIVE THERAPY
Your Story Matters
Trauma is something that happens to you that would not have happened in the Garden of Eden. We all process trauma differently--both consciously and unconsciously. Carefully writing and telling stories of harm, tragedy and loss exposes messages embedded in your operating system that are flawed. Without examining these messages and the harm that caused them, it is possible to be puzzled by self-defeating behavior and thought processes.
So, we invite you to share your Story. When you do, with the Lord's help, you can pick up the pen and begin to write a new chapter.
TRAUMA AND EMDR
...because sometimes we endure the unspeakable...
There are some traumas that are beyond words. The memories of these trauma can emerge at times when they are uninvited. Trauma memories can be consuming. EMDR help you to re-file those memories to a place that is less invasive. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and is a treatment of choice for severe trauma.
When we hold EMDR therapy sessions, we often use audio, tactile or visual technology to stimulate both sides of the brain in an alternating fashion. You may talk about the trauma, but talking is less necessary in EMDR than in traditional counseling. Focusing on the memory and the bilateral brain stimulation often helps decrease the intensity and duration of invasive trauma memories.
Trauma Intensives are available for those who want to experience nearly a months worth of treatment in a half day or full day setting. These sessions are usually 3-4 hours for a half day and 7-8 hours for a full day. These intensives may be a combination of Narrative Therapy and EMDR. Jennie Haywood and Pepper Pratt hold these sessions in Jackson or Brentwood. The cost for therapy for these intensives are $500 for each half day.
Message or give us a call if you have more questions about EMDR or an intensive.
Because their brains are still developing, children lack the skills needed to express and process complicated thoughts and emotions. Often children do not even have the words yet to describe what they are feeling.
This is why play is so important to children.
Some clinicians also do work with sand trays. Operating as a type of microcosm of their inner world, the sand tray helps reduce a child’s emotional distress while making emotions more tangible. Children are able to select from a multitude of miniatures to create a world of their own in the sand tray. Clinicians then use this scene as a way to detect themes and open up discussions with the child.
So, sand tray therapy is not just for children. It can be especially useful for teens and adults who may have suffered a trauma in early childhood and need help in processing through their memories. It has also been helpful with people who struggle with understanding their emotions and how to express them.