As a Registered Play Therapist, my primary therapeutic approach is Client Centered Play Therapy, the most effective play therapy approach for treating trauma, emotional and behavioral difficulties, and other mental health issues. Play is an enjoyable activity that brightens our outlook on life and elevates our spirits. When we confront problems in the clinical play therapy setting, clients find healthier solutions. Clients of any age can benefit from play therapy, but it is especially effective for young children who struggle to express their thoughts and feelings verbally.
When working with couples, I apply my Level 2 Clinical Training in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy. This approach helps couples become better friends, manage conflict more effectively, and find ways to support each other's future hopes and dreams, leading to stronger and longer-lasting relationships. The Gottman Method is a research-based method which helps couples increase respect, closeness, and affection, break through and settle conflicts when they reach an impasse, create better understanding between partners, and keep calm when discussing points of conflict.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a popular psychotherapy technique that I use by itself or in combination with other techniques, depending on the specific needs of the client. CBT is a practical approach that focuses on changing the thoughts and behaviors that cause distress. Oftentimes, when someone changes their thinking patterns, their behaviors and feelings change too. Research shows that CBT has long-term benefits. Clients can apply CBT principles whenever they need to for the rest of their lives. This type of therapy is especially effective at treating anger issues, anxiety, child and adolescent problems, fear, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and relationship problems.
When appropriate, I use Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based treatment approach shown to help children and caregivers overcome trauma-related difficulties. TF-CBT is the most well-supported and effective treatment for children and adolescents who have been traumatized or abused. This approach is effective in addressing depression, anxiety, behavior problems related to the trauma, sexualized behaviors, feelings of shame, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). By involving parents, TF-CBT also reduces parents' own depression and emotional distress so that they can better support their child.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a therapeutic treatment that allows children and adults to heal from the symptoms and distress that result from traumatic life experiences. Research shows that EMDR can help the mind heal from psychological trauma much more quickly than other forms of therapy. As an EMDR-trained therapist, I use my specialized skills and equipment to help children and adults get rid of the paralyzing thoughts, haunting feelings, and problem behaviors that follow stressful and traumatic events.
LORI CROSBY, MFT, RPT
My mission is to bring healing to children, teenagers, and adults using specialized, research-based techniques, There are several different types of psychotherapy, and some therapeutic approaches may be more effective than others in a given situation. For example, play therapy is the most effective way to improve social functioning in the aftermath of traumatic abuse. Often, a therapist may use a combination of approaches in order to achieve the best possible outcome for the client.