There are a few different treatment approaches that may be effective with this age population. An initial assessment with the client will assist in determining if a short-term therapy approach would be beneficial using one of the choices from the options below. Following the initial assessment, individualized sessions can be scheduled for one of more sessions depending on the nature of the treatment issue.
1.Individualized Sand Tray and Focusing Sand Tray Therapy
Individualized Sand Tray sessions offering self-awareness, clarity and self-growth can be scheduled for one or more sessions. Issues that may benefit from sand tray work include: grief and loss, relationship issues, life transitions and developmental periods, family issues, personal growth and insight. Selection of objects often comes from an unconscious level that is similar to Jungian therapy or dream work, rich in symbolism and meaning.
Focusing Sand Tray Therapy
This is a specialized means of using sand tray therapy that allows one to focus specifically on a problem, issue or fear. It might be a problem or place where one feels repeatingly stuck. This sand tray approach uses mindfulness meditation techniques combined with guided exporation or dialogue leading to deeper insight into the problem, issue or fear. It involves tuning into one's somatic (body) experience and feeling affect awareness. The experience of Focusing Sand Tray can be profoundly meaningful.
2. EMDR Techniques for Increasing Sense of Empowerment and Feelings of Relaxation
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) uses varied techniques and exercises that can deepen the feeling of relaxation, provide tools that can assist in containing and regulating uncomfortable emotions and can increase a feeling of being grounded. Specific visualization combined with EMDR techniques can assist in preparation for anxiety provoking situations from giving presentations or preparing for an interview to going through a new transition or social situation.
3. Trauma Art Narrative Therapy
Trauma Art Narrative Therapy is a structured cognitively oriented technique, which uses art as a modality for healing from traumatic events. Memories are often disconnected and fragmented in trauma. Trauma art pieces together these memories by guiding one to narrate the traumatic event through a series of sequential drawings. As one draws "snapshots" of the event, integration of the emotional and cognitive components of the brain takes place and promotes healing. Preparation for this type of work always includes establishing safe points before and after the trauma. TANT is effective in shorter-term work with minor single event incidents. Artistic ability is not needed and more spontaneous drawing is most effective.
4. Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques
Stress Management and Relxation Techniques can be learned and developed to increase coping with life stressors. Techniques can include visualization exercises, grounding techniques, deep breathing exercises and stress management coping strategies.