Individual counseling offers a great opportunity for one-to-one feedback, but some people respond best to group accountability and camaraderie. At Mill Creek Christian Counseling, we understand that some issues are best explored in a communal context. Through group counseling, you can know that you are not alone in your pain and struggle. You will also have the opportunity to receive feedback from several persons, and to offer support and insight to others—which empowers both you and others to use your pain for personal growth.
About Group Counseling
Like individual counseling, group counseling is designed to help people overcome personal struggles and find peace in renewed mental health. However while individual counseling is a one-to-one relationship between a client and a counselor, group counseling consists of several individuals guided by one or more counselors. Christian group counseling focuses on self-improvement and forging Godly relationships. Importantly, we take confidentiality seriously, and all participants in group sessions must abide by our confidentiality rules. This leaves participants free to be themselves and to focus on learning and growing together.
Groups Offered By Mill Creek Christian Counseling
At Mill Creek Christian Counseling, we offer several counseling groups designed to treat a variety of issues while also enabling members to forge healthy, supportive relationships. Each group session is led by one or two counselors with particular expertise and training to treat and explore different issues. In addition to the groups we already offer, we are continually adding new groups to be lead by our talented Christian counselors, so please check our website frequently to learn about these opportunities to grow and change in a safe, uplifting community.
Increasing The Effectiveness Of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
By Grant Weaver,
Posted April 5th, 2017
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In this article, we will discuss the effects of trauma and the benefits of trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy.
The Trouble with Trauma
Experiencing traumatic events can be overwhelming and disrupt a person’s ability to function. Serious cases can produce Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms, including:
Haunting memories with accompanying emotional upheavals as if the traumatic event was being experienced again
Overwhelming frustration in the form of feeling threatened, with a heightened sense of vigilance
An urge to fight or run away from the traumatic memory
Irrational thinking patterns and beliefs about yourself, others, and the world
The traumatic event can be the experience of surviving a serious car accident, a terrorist attack, domestic, physical, or sexual violence, or it could be the experience of life-threatening situations such as wars or natural disasters, or other horrendous events. Survivors may have feelings of shock, fear, false guilt, shame, anger, or vulnerability. The effects of these experiences can last for decades, especially in cases of traumatic events during childhood.
The Two Major Techniques of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Cognitive Therapy (CT)
This technique uses methods to help identify and change thoughts that evoke emotional distress and to create the motivation to modify thought patterns.
Some of these therapeutic methods include:
Closely examining the accuracy and appropriateness of thoughts and emotions and changing those that do match up with reality
Questioning the evidence that you have used to support your conclusions or beliefs – a lack of evidence can prompt you to modify them ...Read More