• Treatment Modalities & Trainings

    IPT-Interpersonal Psychotherapy’s main goal is to improve the quality of a client’s interpersonal relationships and social functioning to help reduce their distress. IPT provides strategies to resolve problems within four key areas. First, it addresses interpersonal deficits, including social isolation. IPT assists with improving Communication Skills/Assertiveness Skills. Second, it can help clients manage unresolved Grief and treat Depression. Third, IPT can help with difficult Life Transitions such as Retirement, Divorce, or adjusting to a new location, job, family etc. Fourth, IPT is recommended for dealing with interpersonal disputes (relationships) that emerge from conflicting expectations between partners, family members, close friends, and/or coworkers. IPT is also proven to assist clients with Perinatal Mood Disorders. This particular treatment plan typically lasts 8-12 sessions. It is time limited is highly effective.

    CBT-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on exploring and challenging unhelpful thinking styles (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, attitudes) and behaviors. Its model is based on how your thoughts and emotions drive your behaviors. The goal is to explore your core beliefs and innermost thoughts and how they drive the decisions and behaviors in your everyday life. CBT is the core of most treatment modalities and is proven to improve but not limited to Anxiety, Suicidal Thoughts, Anger Management, Depression, Low Self Esteem, Trauma Symptoms, Unresolved Grief, and Perinatal Mood Disorder.

    MI-Motivational Interviewing is a counseling approach that helps to clients to resolve ambivalent feelings and hesitation about changing their behaviors due to insecurities Anxiety, Fear, Low Self Esteem, Addictions, and Depression. MI is a practical, empathetic, and short term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes.

    Post-Partum Support International Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Training– Shakeeta Torres has received intensive training in the area of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Post-Partum Support International. Anxiety and/or depression during pregnancy and the first year after giving birth affect up to 1 in 5 new or expectant Mothers and their Families. These illnesses also known as perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, or PMADs are the #1 complication of pregnancy and childbirth. Women of every culture, age, income level, and race can develop PMADs. Symptoms can appear anytime during the two-year span from conception through baby’s first birthday. Onset of symptoms may be gradual or sudden. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are caused by changes in biology, physiology, environment, and expectations. A variety approaches can be used to address these symptoms such as IPT, DBT, and CBT.

    CPT-Cognitive Processing Therapy is a trauma focused psychotherapy designed to treat PTSD and trauma related symptoms. With PTSD, you may find yourself experiencing difficulty in the following five areas. Safety: You may doubt your ability to protect yourself and others. Trust: You may question your judgment and/or the judgment and intentions of others. Control: You feel unable to control your own life and/or to influence the lives of those you care about. Esteem: You view yourself and/or others differently, perhaps seeing yourself as broken or others as evil. Intimacy: You may feel incapable of connecting with or being understood and accepted by others. These thoughts lead to negative emotions, such as fear, anxiety, guilt and anger and can halt your recovery. CPT focuses on teaching a set of skills that will help you challenge these negative thoughts and gain control over the impact they have on your life. A full course of CPT typically involves 12-15 weekly sessions, though this can vary depending on your needs.

    CCTP -Certified Clinical Trauma Professional– Shakeeta Torres received her Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Certification at the International Association of Trauma Professionals Institute. This program teaches a variety approaches of how to treat clients’ who have experienced trauma because no one client is the same. It helps to alleviate Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma Related Symptoms. Yearly training is required to maintain this credential.

    Prepare Enrich Certified Clinician– This program is designed to help the clinician to understand the couple’s of the dyadic and individual level, allowing you to help them navigate the dynamics and complexity of their relationships.   More than 4,000,000 couples have prepared for marriage or enriched their relationship through taking the P/E assessment and working with a Certified Facilitator. The assessment assesses 12 relationship categories and gain insights into relationship dynamics, stress, personality, and family system. The assessment allows the clinician and the couple to focus on what needs improving in the relationship. It is used to address and help couples process and learn new ways to communicate and enhance their relationship. You can visit here for more information.

    I realize that no two people are the same and I use an eclectic approach to help my clients to meet their specific needs. If you have any questions about how these treatment modalities can help you please feel free to reach out.

    Motivational Interviewing: This modality is used to help clients to stay motivated in treatment.  This modality is great for those who struggle with the pros and cons of moving forward in treatment and making life decisions that are best for them.

    Certified Grief Counseling Specialist: This certification is a two day intensive training that is intermediate to advanced to help Mental Health Professionals enhance their skills and enhance their knowledge of Grief and the different types of modalities.  Yearly training is required to maintain this credential.

    Exposure TherapyThis type of therapy is used for OCD, Depression, and Anxiety Disorders!