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Treatment modalities, or methods of treatment, include different approaches to improving a client's overall well-being. 

A treatment modality is a title given to a variety of different treatment types for helping those with mental health issues. 

Northern Lights Therapy, PLLC offers a variety of different treatment types, or treatment modalities, that we incorporate for each individual client.

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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of therapy that works with the client to resolve emotional distress caused by a variety of factors in their life.  It has been extensively researched and been found to be effective for addressing trauma. 

EMDR therapy is different from other treatment approaches as it does not require the client to provide detailed information about their distressing issues.  Instead of working to replace thoughts and feelings related to a particular event, EMDR helps the brain to resume its normal healing process that may have been "stuck."  When we experience distress in our lives, there are times we are able to process it naturally within our brain and move on; however, other times, part of that particular situation becomes "stuck" or "frozen in time." 

EMDR utilizes dual attention stimuli to help "move" the past memories through the brain to fully process, thus lessening the distress experienced.  For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed quicker than other treatment modalities. 

For further information related to EMDR, please visit the EMDR International Association.


Benefits of Group Therapy:


Accelerated Resolution Therapy, often times referred to as ART, is a form of psychotherapy with roots in existing evidence-based therapies, but shown to achieve benefits more rapidly (within 1 to 5 sessions).  It has been shown to provide relief for clients experiencing trauma as well as depression, anxiety, addictions, phobias, job related stress, and more. 

Throughout the process, the client is in complete control with the therapist to provide support and guide the session.  Using relaxing eye movements and a technique called voluntary memory / image replacement, it helps the client change the way the negative memories are stored in the brain.  It works to provide relief from the triggers or strong physical and emotional reactions.  Through ART, the client does not have to share details of their trauma or life experiences to find relief. 

For more information on ART, please click here


Sand Tray Therapy is an expressive approach in which the client can create "their world" in a tray utilizing a variety of figurines and objects. In creating a world, the client is able to tell their story, verbally or non-verbally, in a safe environment. 

The conscious and unconscious material stored in the brain can be expressed and processed through the use of symbolic figurines.  The therapist's role is to act as a nonjudgmental witness to their world and provide a free and safe space to explore those unhealed memories. 

For further information, click here

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Types of Play Therapy:


An unstructured therapy guided by the idea that if the child or a teenager is given the right chance to speak and play freely, they will be able to resolve their issues towards their own solutions. Non-directive therapy is considered as non-intrusive wherein there are only a few boundary conditions and is applicable at any age. The therapist can engage in the process if the children will allow it.

It utilizes directives in guiding the child through play and is believed to make a faster change than the other type. In this type of therapy, the therapist plays an important role in making techniques to have an engaging with the children. They suggest topics instead of allowing the child to lead the conversation. Games are chosen by the therapist for the child and all the stories read are more likely to have an explicit purpose. Play therapists also create interpretations of the stories told by the children and their responses in all of the activities.

For more information on play therapy click here.

Upon stepping inside our play therapy room, you'll notice the soft lighting and clouds in the sky. The colors of the room are vibrant, yet calm and inviting. We have included a sand tray therapy area, art area, mindfulness/calming area, and so much more.  Kids can dress up as a doctor, police officer, scientist or superhero. They can build objects with Legos or read a book to help them better understand their emotions.  This play therapy room was created from the ground up with our clients in mind. We are thrilled to bring this to Maricopa and hope everyone benefits from it.

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