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Compass Therapeutic Services helping work people through mental health challenges

Our therapist, Cheri, joined NTV for an interview to share about the counseling services we provide! Watch her interview HERE!

Compass is highly involved in the community in many rolls and services. Compass offers therapy services in many types of therapy. A few of the specialty therapy’s we offer are EMDR, Neurofeedback, play therapy and ART.

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a psychotherapy approach primarily used to treat trauma-related disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During an EMDR session, the therapist guides the client through a series of bilateral stimulation exercises, which can involve eye movements, tapping, or sounds. These exercises are designed to mimic the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep, believed to be when the brain processes memories and emotions

EMDR is often praised for its effectiveness in helping individuals process and recover from trauma. It’s considered a relatively short-term therapy, with many individuals experiencing significant improvements in symptoms within a relatively small number of sessions.

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is a relatively new psychotherapy technique. It is used to treat trauma-related disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, burnout, trauma related to event witnessed on the job (such as firefighter, police etc.) and other mental health issues.

It is unique as it can provide treatment in little as 1, 2, or 3 sessions.

Compass is the only agency in Kearny that provides this service and has been widely requested and very well received.

Our office provides free sessions for police offices and firemen due to the demands of their Job and sacrifice made for our community, it is a little way of thanking and supporting their mental health.

A child protection and safety caseworker with DHHS recently requested to participate in ART due to extreme burnout, caring heavy emotional weight from the job, and caseloads. Her emotional symptoms were very significantly improved after that one session. It was so effective, she talked with her director stating how beneficial it would be for every caseworker to treat and prevent burnout.

We are now in the process of figuring out the logistics of being able to go to their office for a day to provide ART to caseworkers. The outcome was very impactful for her that multiple others in the field have requested ART. This in turn affects communities and the families and children they work with in a positive manner.

Neurofeedback is a non-invasive form of brain training that aims to help individuals self-regulate their brain activity. During a neurofeedback session, sensors are placed on the scalp to measure brainwave patterns, which are then displayed on a computer screen in real-time. Through visual or auditory feedback, individuals learn to recognize and modify their brainwave activity to achieve desired states, such as relaxation or focus. Over multiple sessions, this process can help train the brain to function more efficiently, leading to improvements in various cognitive functions, emotional regulation, and behavior. Neurofeedback is used to treat a wide range of conditions, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, insomnia, and traumatic brain injury.

Compass provides many other services to the community including:

  • Going to schools to provide therapy for students
  • Support groups for Adoptive parents
  • Therapy for the federal criminal justice system
  • Community outreach events
  • Participation in other community associations
  • Foster Parents night out, many other adoptive and foster care services.

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