Our Services 

Trauma-Informed Individual Counseling

Trauma-informed therapy is different from other forms of therapy.  It recognizes that sometimes anxiety, depression, and other forms of emotional disturbance are actually the symptoms of trauma.  At Ascend, we work with our clients to not only resolve the symptoms, but also to identify and treat any underlying issues.

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Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing

In EMDR, processing is different from talking about traumatic experiences. EMDR processing refers to setting up a safe state where learning is possible, and the brain can reprocess information it already has so that it is stored in a more useful way.

 

During EMDR treatment, clients are asked to recall an image of the trauma and become aware of the negative emotions, negative self-belief, and physical sensations associated with the trauma.  These factors are considered together and are referred to as "the target."  While holding the target in mind, clients are instructed to move their eyes quickly back and forth, left to right, following the therapist's fingers.  The therapist checks in with the client's experience periodically, assessing reprocessing progress.

Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback that trains the organ of the brain, promoting growth and change at the cellular level.  A non-invasive treatment, neurofeedback gives immediate audio and visual feedback according to EEG readings, teaching the brain and body to relax, allowing natural functioning to occur.  When the brain is operating optimally, the mind will follow as clients spend less effort and energy overcoming their challenges. 

 

Neurofeedback treats a wide variety of disorders including depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, addicitons, and unresolved emotional issues. Additionally, it is an effective treatment for early childhood disorders including reducing the symptoms of autism, ADHD, pervasive developmental disorders, reactive attachment disorder, learning disorders, and OCD.  It can also relieve syptoms of epilepsy and other seizure disorders, traumatic brain injury, headaches, and cognitive decline.  Often, neurofeedback can reduce or eliminate the need for medication for any of these diagnoses.

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QEEG

A QEEG, or brain map, is a non-invasive procedure that provides a snapshot of the electrical activity in your brain. It shows us the areas of the brain that are over or under powered as well as the areas of the brain that are not communicating as well as they could.  We use this information to create a neurotherapy treatment program that is individualized to our clients' specific needs.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is a way of learning through doing.  In therapy, experiential learning focuses on using expressive techniques to help the client discover and evaluate past emotional experiences.

 

Sandtray Therapy is a technique used in experiential therapy that utilizes the sandtray as form of non-verbal communication promoting reflection of experience, uncovering of meaning, and resolution of distress. 

Group Therapy is an opportunity to connect with others who are on their healing journey. 

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LGBTQ+ Affirming Care

Working with a provider who is knowledgeable about LGBTQ+ issues can make a world of difference. It is an unfortunate reality that some mental health care providers are not accepting of LGBTQ+ identities, and many who are accepting do not have a broad knowledge of the community.  Counseling can be much more effective when clients do not have to teach their provider basic knowledge about their culture.

Ascend offers services for transgender and non-binary individuals, in an affirming, intersectional, and bias-free environment. We recognize the difficulty that many trans and enby people face in the field of mental health care, and strive to provide a safe, respectful, understanding environment, committed to following best WPATH standards of care and best practices.