- Abuse — emotional, physical or sexual
- Addictive behaviors; such as drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, sex
- Addiction related issues; such as Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA)
- Anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders
- Body image issues and eating disorders
- Challenged family systems
- Chronic illness
- Dysfunctional relationships
- Emotional intensity and instability
- Life transitions
- Loss and bereavement
- Relationship distress
- Stress reduction
- Trauma, abuse, and healing
- Postpartum Depression
Treatment Methods & Specialties:
Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy
Single therapy sessions last 45-50 minutes/double sessions last 90 minutes. Sessions are usually scheduled on a weekly or biweekly basis. Attending therapy sessions regularly, as well as starting and ending on time are considered vital to the therapy process. Services range from short-term therapy to long-term psychotherapy. Traditional talk therapy combined with other therapeutic models, such as somatic experiencing, imagery, and mindfulness. Your individualized therapy plan is developed in a collaborative manner with you.
Couples therapy include couples needing therapy in the areas of pre-marital work, marital and familial management, and co-parenting in a blended family and divorce dynamics. Family therapy is also offered in conjunction with individual work, as well as challenges involving subunits within the family or the entire family unit (ex. Parent/child, siblings, extended family, etc.)
Shameitra began her career working with at-risk youth. She has worked extensively with older children and adolescents. Her approach goes beyond behavioral interventions and resolving negative school performance. Shameitra believes the key to successful adolescent therapy is tapping into the strengths of the family system and helping the youth and each family member to grow and thrive as individuals and as a cohesive unit. Shameitra’s approach to adolescent therapy unites and coheres the family.
Child-Centered Play Therapy
Because children’s brains are quite underdeveloped to process and communicate trauma and emotions adequately through language, play therapy is often a great treatment modality. Play is the way children express what their minds and bodies are still experiencing, in spite of lacking the yet developed verbal communicative means to process their physiological, psychological, and emotional experiences in a healthy manner.
“Play therapy is the dynamic process between child and Play Therapist in which the child explores at his or her own pace and with his or her own agenda those issues, past and current, conscious and unconscious, that are affecting the child’s life in the present. The child’s inner resources are enabled by the therapeutic alliance to bring about growth and change. Play therapy is child-centred, in which play is the primary medium and speech is the secondary medium.” (British Association of Play Therapists…. [updated 2008])
Play Therapy can benefit children in these areas:
- have experienced physical, emotional and sexual abuse, physical and emotional neglect
- have experienced a single trauma
- have experienced multiple trauma
- have witnessed domestic abuse (domestic violence)
- have parents with physical and/or mental illnesses
- have parents with physical and/or mental disabilities or learning difficulties
- have had one or more bereavements and/or other significant losses.
Mental health disorders:
- Reactive Attachment Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Conduct Disorder
- Attention Deficit Disorder with/without Hyperactivity (ADHD/ADD)
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- One of the eating disorders
We have the ability to empower each other, to enhance our individual and collective growth. Benefit from the knowledge and support of others by joining one of our group therapy sessions. The following group therapy sessions are available on a variety of topics:
- Women and young women’s groups
- Adolescent groups
- Family support groups
- Grief groups
- Women’s Healthy Sexuality Group
- Sexual Abuse Survivors Groups
Groups are offered on an as-needed basis to the community. This means the timing and topics of a group have to create enough interest to gather a minimum 5 people on a regular basis to create the collective growth experience needed for the success of a process oriented group.
Teletherapy is virtual therapy done through the use of a webcam and protected communication application in place of face-to-face therapist/client interaction. This service is especially helpful for individuals with physical disabilities, individuals who live in rural or underserved areas. It is also helpful for individuals who’s highly demanding life restricts the opportunity to drive to a therapist – and will be able to find the same comfort and relief from their offices or homes. Though face to face sessions provide aspects, such as body language, that enhance the communicative exchange of the therapist-client relationship, I am glad to offer the support in situations that limit clients to the opportunity of therapy in a shared physical space.
One of Shameitra’s areas of specialty is working with people with a history of trauma, single/multiple events, and complex trauma. Trauma can result from many causes, including abandonment, experiences of violence, witnessed or perceived violence, chronic neglect, and emotional, physical, or sexual abuse.
Individuals who have experienced trauma may experience feeling such as anxiety and/or depression, increased relationship problems, and alcohol/substance dependency or abuse. Shameitra treats co-occurring disorders, as well as underlying causes. In treating trauma, Shameitra emphasizes safety and boundaries and works at a pace that suits the client’s needs. She believes in the fundamental importance of the mind-body connection in healing from trauma. Shameitra focuses on building on a client’s natural strengths and helps the client to identify desired goals and develop the skills and knowledge to achieve them.
Shameitra is trained in TF-CBT and EMDR, two evidence-based therapeutic practices, known to work well in areas of trauma with children and adults.
Shameitra integrates several different modalities into her practice, including:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Sand Tray Therapy
- Child-Centered Play Therapy
- Emphasis on early attachment history
- Family systems psychotherapy
- Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Sensorimotor psychotherapy
- Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR):
“EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.”
Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavorial Therapy (TF-CBT):
TF-CBT is an evidence-based psychotherapy that aims at addressing the needs of children and adults with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other difficulties related to traumatic life events. The goal of TF-CBT is to provide psychoeducation to both the child and the caregivers and help them to identify and cope with emotions, thoughts and behaviors in processing the trauma/s.
Shameitra incorporates principles of mindfulness and experiential experiences into all aspects of treatment. Each person is different, and she chooses treatment plans to reflect the client’s needs, strengths, and readiness for change.