Teen years can be one of the most challenging developmental stages in life. Teenagers are often faced with identity issues, self-esteem issues, lack of effective communication, and lack of decision making skills. Working with a therapist individually allows your teen to feel comfortable fully expressing themselves in a judgement free zone. Chima's client often leave therapy feeling better about themselves and their abilities to manage their emotions.
Available Services for Adolescent Teens Facing the Following:
Self-esteem, self-harm, suicidal and/or homicidal thoughts, human tracking, anxiety, depression, grief, academic challenges, sexuality, anger/mood disorders, family, social issues and more.
We exist to help your teen over come life’s obstacles with insight and tools to face life’s challenges.
Family counseling can be beneficial to families who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, in all stages and phases of life , especially in times of busynes. Therapy sessions are held with families and is a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen your family bond. You and your parents (and sometimes your brothers and sisters ) go to therapy together. Because everybody is there, you can work on problems that affect the family.
Available Services for family services parenting/ co-parenting differences, challenging children, divorce/separation, family transitions, lost in the family, new family unit, disconnection, communication difficulties, distraction in family that resulted from trauma and many more.
Here are some of the therapies we can use to spark your growth:
Trauma- Informed Therapy
Trauma-informed therapy is a safe, authentic, collaborative process with your therapist that focuses on your recovery from trauma. It incorporates the idea that your symptoms are a result of your brain’s adaptation to trauma. It emphasizes your strengths, not your weaknesses. It encourages you to make choices based on the life you want to live, not the life you have lived.
IN OUR SESSIONS, EXPECT TO BE TREATED WITH DIGNITY, TO FEEL EMPOWERED, AND TO HAVE A VOICE.
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
TF-CBT is an evidence-based counseling that aims at addressing the needs of children and adolescents with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other difficulties related to traumatic life events. The goal of TF-CBT is to provide psycho-education to both you and your child to help identify and cope with emotions, thoughts, and behaviors related to the trauma. Research has shown TF-CBT to be effective in treating childhood PTSD and with children who have experienced traumatic events.
Somatic therapy is a form of body-centered therapy that looks at the connection of mind and body and uses both psychotherapy and physical therapies for holistic healing. In addition to talk therapy, somatic therapy includes mind-body exercises and other physical techniques to help release the pent-up tension that is negatively affecting your physical and emotional well-being. The stress of past emotional and traumatic events affects the central nervous system and can cause changes in the body as well as physical pain. Through developing awareness of the mind-body connection and using specific interventions, somatic therapy helps you to release the tension, anger, frustration, fear and other emotions that remain in your body from these past negative experiences. The goal is to help free you from the stress and pain that is preventing you from fully engaging in your life. The word somatic is derived from the Greek word “soma” which means living body. Somatic psychotherapy is one of the best ways to help people that are suffering from psychological traumas cope, recover and live a normal life.
A more existential approach to psychotherapy, narrative therapy helps you figure out what really matters to you in life. We start by identifying your values, then work on the skills and knowledge you need in order to live out those values. WHAT'S YOUR STORY?
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (DBT)
An evidence-based psychotherapy that teaches you how to find balance in the middle of two opposing realities. It covers four areas that are at the root of suffering: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
A therapy approach that centers on how your thoughts, feelings and behaviors are connected. Utilizing the techniques and skills in this type of therapy model can you identify and transform irrational thinking so you can be more in control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
I integrate faith into the therapy process for those who identify with the Christian Faith that are looking for a therapist that understands and welcomes faith in the counseling office.
My office is conveniently located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida and is accessible from the surrounding areas of Bradenton, Sarasota, Palmetto, Ellenton, and Parrish. For those who are not able to get to my office, I offer online therapy via a secure portal. Through online counseling, I can see clients from all over the State of Florida.