Champion State of Mind offers a range of mental health service options to assist youth, adults, couples and families with emotional, behavioral and traumatic issues which include: Trauma-Informed Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Art in Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Grief and Loss Therapy, Lifespan Development, LGBT Counseling and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
At Champion State of Mind, our main therapeutic approach is a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma-Informed Care.
CBT focuses on exploring relationships among a person's thoughts, feelings and behaviors. During CBT, the therapist will actively work with a person to uncover unhealthy patterns of thought and how they may be causing self-destructive behaviors and beliefs. By addressing these patterns, the client and therapist can work together to develop productive ways of thinking that will produce healthier behaviors and beliefs. Studies of CBT have shown it to be an effective treatment for a variety of mental disorders. Individuals who undergo CBT show changes in brain activity, suggesting that this therapy actually improves your brain functioning as well.
Trauma-Informed Care is also a foundational approach used when working with clients by acknowledging and responding to how all types of trauma have affected each person within their lives. Trauma, in itself, has no boundaries. It can affect anyone. From abuse, natural disasters, accidents, war and violence, trauma can have a life-long impact on someone’s ability to function. By recognizing the effects of trauma, we are better equipped to personalize each client’s treatment and provide further education to promote personal growth.
EMDR Therapy (or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy) is an integrative therapy that helps people heal from Traumatic events as well as, life disturbing experiences. Much of this natural coping mechanism occurs during sleep, particularly during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Francine Shapiro developed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 1987, utilizing this natural process in order to successfully treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Since then, EMDR has been used to effectively treat a wide range of mental health problems and to help individuals affected by traumatic events such as the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, the Boston Marathon bombings, the Columbine shooting, the Joplin, Missouri tornadoes, and the tragedy of September 11.
What happens when a person becomes traumatized? A majority of the time, your body routinely manages new information and experiences without your awareness. However, when and experience out of the ordinary occurs and you are traumatized by an overwhelming event (e.g. a car accident) or by being repeatedly subjected to distress (e.g. childhood neglect), your natural coping mechanism can become overstimulated. That event can become an unprocessed memory and get stored in the brain creating symptoms that are uncomfortable. Physical sensations, emotions, thoughts, and images associated with the event can get “locked” into the brain, and without treatment, this may lead to distressing symptoms and behaviors. Often the memory itself can be different, but the painful feelings such as anxiety, panic, anger or despair are continually triggered in the present. Your ability to live in the present and learn from new experiences can therefore become inhibited. EMDR helps create the connections between your brain’s memory networks, enabling your brain to process the traumatic memory in a very natural way.
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a relatively new field, although the human-animal bond has existed for centuries. Animal Assisted Therapy is a type of therapy that involves trained or certified animals as a part of the therapeutic treatment process. The goal of AAT is to improve a client’s social, emotional or cognitive functioning. Interacting with an animal in a therapy session can enhance a client's experience of therapy and provide a different way to acquire and improve important life skills.
Animals are tools for therapy because they can help people feel safe and loved, particularly if they have been deprived of social interaction or hurt by other people. Because animals do not communicate with words, clients who are cautious about talking to people can often comfortably approach an animal.
Research has shown that individuals who experiencing stress, depression, anxiety, autism-related issues, dementia, mental disorders, chronic diseases and neurological disorders can be effectively treated with the help of an animal.
Let’s be honest, life can be challenging. There are many emotional issues that find a corner in our heart, and refuse to die down. With time, these issues can transform into a sort of emotional tumor that impacts negatively on our daily life, such as lack of concentration, enthusiasm, self-respect, will to change, encouragement, and so on. These issues can spiral into our lives in various ways and gets channeled into other zones, which can create problems in the relationships, professional life, and health. We address the root cause of the problem after carefully listening the clients, and help in changing the pattern of their thinking and beliefs. It helps in fighting back the problems at hand with much more confidence. However, we do not only try to motivate, but follow the scientific guidelines of mental health therapy to rejuvenate the mental health of the client, and even follow the medical treatment, wherever necessary to help the clients free themselves from the emotional burden, stress and anxiety that are causing life changing issues.
All youth encounter situations that can challenge and destabilize their natural balance as they go through life. Most of these events are minor and youth naturally steer themselves towards health. However, there are times when family transitions or other traumas impact youth significantly. In these instances, children and their parents sometimes find it difficult to move forward and can benefit from outside help. Some problems require therapy for one parent and child while others may benefit from the whole family being involved. Or a child may need their own space in individual therapy to work on issues that may be getting in the way of their development.
Relationships go through numerous phases during its life cycle, and it is obvious for it to have a few rough patches. The strength of a relationship is reflected in how the family or couple works through rough patches and move ahead. The lifestyle of the people and the modern day thinking has changed the pattern of thinking of people in respect to relationships. This has turned the statistics for divorce and marriage upside down. Though separation or divorce is necessary in some cases, there are others that are looking for another option.
We believe that love should be given a chance, and that there are relationships that can be saved, if only the people involved take that first step and make that last ditch effort to save their relationships. This is where family or couple therapy comes in. Our approach towards these types of therapy is oriented not only towards finding solutions for the client(s) they are facing with each other, but to revive the feelings love, compassion and desire to be together.