You have read the news. You may be experiencing it first-hand, as a parent. More and more teens are struggling with their mental health. We asked ourselves, how can we help?
We found a solution.
Helix Healthcare Group now offers consulting and treatment services for adolescents (12-19 years old) who are struggling with their mental health, trauma experiences, and/or challenges with substance use.
By accessing these services, adolescents and their families will be able to experience our evidence-informed therapies, conventional treatments, and holistic mind-body solutions
Customized treatment plans are offered by a therapist(s) trained and experienced in implementing EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), Mindfulness, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy with adolescents.
Youth-oriented Hypnotherapy, Sound Therapy, Yoga and other services are also available.
When an upsetting, scary or painful experience happens, sometimes the memory of the experience stays “stuck” or “frozen” in the mind and body. The experience may return in a distressing and intrusive way and the individual may cope by avoiding everything associated with the upsetting experience.
For example, a child who has experienced a bad bicycle accident may have repeated nightmares, be fearful of trying new things, and avoid things that are associated with a bicycle. A similar reaction can occur with a bullying situation, traumatic accident, parental divorce and more.
There’s hope. We can help.
Research and clinical practice shows that a child or teen can benefit from EMDR therapy to overcome troubling thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. These may or may not be a result of the following:
The program is being led by Director of Clinical Operations, Jillian Hosey (Social Worker). Jillian is one of the few individuals in Canada who is trained and experienced in implementing EMDR with children and teens. Applicable for coverage under most extended health plans.
When we have bad or negative events in our lives like abuse, bullying, divorce, accidents, losses and death of a loved one, violence in the home among others, the brain creates ‘files’ that contain all the feelings, thoughts, and body sensations connected to this event.
Usually, the brain has the capacity to sort out and organize these files so the negative stuff has been let go, allowing us to keep the good stuff and learn from this experience. However, when an event is really bad or has happened several times, these files get overloaded and the brain can’t do the work of sorting things out and putting all the pieces of the event together.
As a result, these files are messy, in pieces that are not put together and organized by the brain. Different life events we call triggers can open up these files again, or “click” on them.
A “click” may be a classmate making fun of us, being ignored, not getting what we are asking for, parents asking us to clean up our room and so on. When these “clicks” open up the files, we start to have the negative feelings, thoughts, and body reactions we had when the bad stuff happened.
EMDR helps the brain organize these files and put all the pieces together. When the files are finally organized, the “clicks” of everyday life won’t have the power to make us feel angry, sad or shameful or to think that we are not worthy or that we are not enough or to make us yell, become aggressive or do things we regret later. Our holistic mental health services help to recover our ability to feel good again.
(Adapted from the book: EMDR Therapy with Children)