PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPIES

Psychological therapy is a collaborative space to explore a person’s difficulties in a safe and confidential setting with the aim to help a person better understand their feelings in the context of their past experiences. The therapist and the individual work together to make changes that they want to achieve to feel a greater sense of happiness, empowerment, or perhaps to feel less affected by particular experiences.


Following Psychological therapies are provided at CCAW-

Art Based Therapy (ABT)

ABT is an evidence-based therapeutic modality which makes use of various art-forms like music, drama, movements, poetry, drawing and painting. It works on the notion that the process of expressing oneself through the medium of art facilitates-

  1. Exploration of conflicts and difficulties affecting one’s thoughts, emotions and feelings.
  2. Gathering insights to initiate change and developing new coping skills.
  3. Enabling personal growth and transformation.

Often used both individually and in a group setting, the aim is to accomplish individualized goals and targets (such as emotional regulation, body control, strategizing and problem-solving). It is beneficial for children and adolescents with the following concerns:

  1. Social and emotional concerns
  2. Anxiety issues
  3. Adolescent Problems
  4. Social communication difficulties
  5. Autism Spectrum Disorder
  6. ADHD
  7. Self-harm and Suicide
  8. Depression

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach working on the basis that our thoughts, emotions and actions are interconnected, one influencing the others. In this setting, the therapist assists the client in recognizing negative, dysfunctional thought patterns affecting their emotions and behavior. They are thereafter guided in changing and reshaping these patterns into positive ways of thinking in order to improve their state of mind. It primarily focuses on bringing about the realization among clients that while they may be unable to control every aspect of their lives, they possess the power to control how they perceive and interpret challenging situations.

CBT has been known to be an effective modality for children and adolescents with the following concerns:
  1. Depression
  2. Anxiety disorders
  3. Bipolar disorders
  4. Schizophrenia
  5. Phobias
  6. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  7. PTSD
  8. Sleep disorders
  9. Eating disorders

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

What is EMDR?

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is an APA (USA) approved therapeutic approach that helps reduce posttraumatic stress. It assists in letting go of distressing thoughts and feelings associated with traumatic experiences as well as in increasing positive emotions of calm and confidence. This is achieved through the process of desensitization and reprocessing of the traumatic event.

Desensitization and Reprocessing

Desensitization refers to an individual becoming comfortable with the memory of an event perceived as fearful, but is currently over and now harmless. This process is accompanied by alternately stimulating the left and right hemispheres of the brain with eye-movements and hand tapping (i.e. bilateral stimulation). With children, other creative techniques such as drawing may also be used.

Reprocessing involves understanding a memory, ensuring that it becomes more useful than just fearful. This may often include replacement of negative thoughts related to the event with positive inputs and insights.

INTERNET ADDICTION SERVICES (IAS)

Internet Addiction Serviceswas initiated at CCAW in 2019 for children and adolescents engaged in persistent and excessive use of internet, which leads to impairment in other areas of functioning (social, academic, psychological). The professionals providing these services are inspired and trained by Dr. Kimberly Youngs’ “Restore Recovery Program”, USA.

We follow a holistic treatment module which includes the following services-
  1. Diagnosis of Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD).
  2. Psychotherapy to help the child manage their life online and offline.
  3. Building coping skills and support network.
  4. Addressing socio-emotional concerns underlying excessive internet usage.
  5. Professional parenting sessions to support the parents of children affected by IAD.

SOCIAL SKILLS GROUP

Social Skills Group is designed to support children and adolescents facing social communication difficulties. During the sessions, children learn how to read social cues and respond appropriately to them. Various modalities such as art, music, movement and play are used to makes these sessions fun and interactive for children. With the intention of providing children with opportunities to learn, practice and implement social skills while simultaneously facilitating each other’s growth, these sessions focus on following areas-

  1. Understanding and using appropriate verbal and non-verbal language
  2. Understanding and expressing emotions
  3. Initiating conversations
  4. Responding to interactions from others
  5. Engaging in activities with others
  6. Taking turns
  7. Problem solving
  8. Body Control

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