Therapy

OutspokenC2 Welcomes Kimberly Bridi, C-IAYT, ERYT 500

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Kimberly receives her M.S. in Counseling Psychology in October of 2018. Her interest and expertise lie in the area of trauma resolution and chronic pain management in children and adults. She specializes in using evidence-based somatic and mind-body therapies with clients.

She is a trauma-based clinical yoga therapist who spent nearly 3 years developing yoga therapy programs in the U.S. Army’s first Interdisciplinary Pain Management program. During her time as a civilian provider, she helped manage and facilitate the Intensive Outpatient Program at Dwight D Eisenhower Army Medical Center to help reduce the use of opioids among service members. She worked with patients healing from chronic pain, trauma, drug and alcohol addiction and treatment resistant conditions.

Following her time with the Army, she created a non-profit organization to provide yoga-based therapies for military and veterans recovering from service-based conditions such as PTSD, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma and drug and alcohol use. She was awarded a local grant to implement a yoga-based treatment program for military sexual trauma in 2016.

Kim’s clinical training in trauma resolution includes the study of evidence-based techniques by leading experts including Dr. Bessel van Der Kolk and Dr. Peter Levine.

Previously she worked with children and teens healing from trauma and attachment issues, developed social skills groups for special needs children, and implemented her programs in schools.

She lives in Martinez GA with her two boys and two dogs. She loves hiking and backpacking, watersports and is a life-long student of yoga.

 

 

 

OutspokenC2 Welcomes Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Natalie T. Pride

Welcome to the Outspoken Counseling and Consulting Family! 

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Natalie T. Pride is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Georgia. She is also licensed Independent Social Worker in South Carolina.Natalie earned her Bachelors in Sociology from Berea College in 2001; she completed her Master in Social Work from The Florida State University in 2004.

Natalie has over 13 years of experience in the mental health field. She has spent over 10 years focusing on work with veterans, and families.

Natalie has experience with working with individuals from diverse backgrounds who have experienced issues with homelessness, hospice and substance abuse.  Natalie specializes in work with Veterans and families. 

Natalie conducts clinical assessments, provides individual and family therapy sessions. Natalie provides weekend and tele-mental health sessions.

Advantages of Paying Privately for Therapy Services

Why should I choose to pay for therapy myself?

There are advantages and drawback both of out-of-pocket private payment and to using insurance and medicaid.  Obviously, the biggest drawback of out-of-pocket private pay is that it is an immediate out-of-pocket expense.  However, there are several advantages of private pay that may make the expense worthwhile.

Confidentiality and Privacy

Clients who pay out of pocket are guaranteed that the only people who know any of the details of therapy are themselves and their therapist.  Aside from normal limits to confidentiality, therapy is completely confidential, without any third party being privy to information exchanged in session.

Service without Hindrances, Pressure or Stigma

Most insurance providers require a mental health diagnosis in order for therapy to be covered.  This means that many issues (such as grief and loss, life stress, or personal growth) are not covered by insurance.  When clients pay out-of-pocket, there is no requirement of a mental health diagnosis for treatment, which means that anyone can seek treatment.  

Freedom in Treatment

Private pay clients have complete control of the duration and style of their treatment.  Private pay clients are able to choose the focus of their therapy, the duration of therapy, and the frequency of therapy, and even the length of individual sessions.

Treatment Efficacy

Research shows that clients who have to pay something for their treatment have more positive outcomes that those who receive free treatment.  Not only do you get what you pay for, but the fact that you are paying out of pocket provides extra motivation and incentive to make the most of therapy. 

Potentially Reduced Service Costs

For some clients, their insurance providers require a co-pay and a large deductible to be met when seeking treatment, with the additional feature that standard rates for service apply.  By not taking insurance, I am free to set my own rates and offer a sliding scale to my clients.  This means that privately paying clients can actually pay less than those who pay with insurance, depending on where they fit in the sliding scale, how long treatment lasts, and the details of an individual's insurance plan.

Finding the Right Therapist 

Having a choice is an important factor when it comes to finding someone you trust with your personal concerns. You may for instance prefer seeing someone who was personally recommended to you. When you use your insurance plan, your options are usually limited to therapists within your insurance provider’s network.

I Think my Child Needs ADHD Medication

ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD, is often characterized in children who have poor attention spans and a difficult time in school. As parents, it may be difficult to hear your child may be suffering from ADHD, but there are options out there. One of the common options is medication to help treat these symptoms. It is important to know this option has advantages and disadvantages and it is important for parents to explore these before they make a quick decision to put their child on medications.

Advantages

One of the common classes of medications to treat ADHD is Stimulants. Stimulants are designed to increase dopamine levels in the brain to increase pleasure, attention, and motivation. Many children go from performing poorly at school to increasing their ability to focus and stay on task with their assignments. This can have a ripple effect to help their mood and social skills, as they will begin to feel more confident they can succeed in school.

Disadvantages

Although there can be marked improvement in your child’s behavior, there may be some risks attached to taking these medications. One of the most common side effects of stimulants is poor appetite. This can lead to weight loss for your child so your doctor will need to monitor this closely. Children can also experience poor sleep, irritability, upset stomach, and headaches to name some of the other common side effects. These side effects and risks should be talked about with your doctor and from there you can make a decision that is right for your child. Along with ADHD, many of these children have symptoms of depression, anxiety, poor social skills, and poor self-esteem. It is important to teach out to a therapist/counselor for help with these symptoms. Children can benefit from the added support of talking about these issues with someone who can be objective.

To learn more about helping your child with ADHD, Depression, Self-Esteem, Anxiety, Social Skills, and other issues affecting them, call 980-272-1922 to make an appointment with one of our trained therapists today!

Stress and Time Management

Stress can come from many aspects of our daily life. One aspect is poor time management. We often become overwhelmed with our personal, professional and social responsibilities. It's important to learn time management skills to balance the many things we want to do and the things we need to do. Becoming structured andorganized will   decrease the levels of stress we experience.  Below you will find four steps to help you start managing your time. 

Learn how to say no.  In many cases, time management stress originates from over-commitment.  Perhaps you feel uncomfortable telling someone no due to fear of disappointment.   You may be concerned about losing friends or “falling off the radar” if you pass on the latest invitation.  That is a normal reaction, but rest assured that saying no to things you cannot fit into your schedule will not hurt your relationship with someone, particularly if that relationship is built on mutual respect and is a true friendship.   Don’t worry about finding a good excuse, as that can often lead to stretching the truth which you’ll later feel guilty about and can cause even more stress.   The best approach is to be direct and polite.

Prioritize.  Sit down and look at how you’re spending your days.  What’s truly important to you?  What is essential to your daily routine?  How can you cut out non-essential tasks and group tasks together so that you can manage them more effectively?

Make time to plan.  Set aside at least 10 minutes each day to review the next day’s activities and plan for the coming weeks ahead.  A schedule isn’t worth very much if it isn’t up to date, so strive to maintain your time management system once it is established!

Ask for help.  Are you making a special trip to the dry cleaners each week when your spouse drives right past it every day to work?  What may be an hour roundtrip activity for you could just be an extra 5 or 10 minutes for them.  Sit down with your partner and review the household duties periodically to make sure you have a system that’s effective for both of you.

Calming Jars

Take a moment to think about the last time you put your child diagnosed with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder or Conduct Disorder in time out. Ask yourself the following questions:

Did my child willing go to time out without screaming or talking back?

How long did my child stay in their room, seated in one place, without destroying the room or falling asleep?

How long did the naughty step work?

How long did it take for my child to walk away from the corner?

If you have no issues or concerns with time out and was able to provide a positive answer to all the above questions, congratulations on your parenting skills! Now for the rest of you having some trouble surrounding time out lets move forward.

Sending a child to time-out can cause increased defiant behaviors, emotional breakdowns or an aggressive tantrums. Finding alternative ways to refocus the behaviors and frustration becomes very important. Utilizing a tool called the “Calming Jar” can become an effective method to calming down and control defiant and emotional behaviors. The jar is mixed with water and glitter. The child shakes the jar and they are challenged with watching the glitter as it settles. This will allow the child to transition into a calming state.

The process of using the calming jar starts when the jar is made. I recommend the calming jar be created with the child, in order for them to take ownership of the jar. This will also allow an opportunity for you as the parent to fully explain the purpose of the calming jar. The jar can have multiple uses that will best benefit your child. For example you can utilize the jar as a time during play or reading time.

Below are instructions on how to create your calming jar.

Materials Needed:

Jar or Plastic bottle

Glue

Glitter

Water

Add everything to the jar or bottle. Use warm water and give it a good shake to get the glue mixed in well.

Grief and Supporting Others

A grieving person needs a friend who will come alongside through the journey of healing and restored hope.  It’s often not so much what one says, but how they support. 

BE THERE.  Grieving people need support and presence more than advice.

INITIATE AND ANTICIPATE.  People often don’t know or can’t ask for what they need.  Suggest times you’d like to visit and ways you’d like to help.  Allow choice.

LISTEN.  People often need to tell their stories over and over.  Listening without judgment or interruption may be a valuable gift.

AVOID CLICHES AND EASY ANSWERS.  Acknowledge that you can’t remove their pain, but you can be a friend and stand by them.

ACCEPT AND ENCOURAGE THE EXPRESSION OF FEELINGS.  Reassure a person that feelings are like barometers, indicating where we are in the moment.  Feelings may change many times in the course of grieving.  

OFFER OPPORTUNITIES AND SAFETY FOR REMEMBERING.  “Remembering” can promote healing.  Offer to revisit places and people who can add perspective and confirm the importance of the loss.

HELP THE PERSON FIND SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT.  Help locate support and activities.  Be encouraging, not pushy.

ALLOW THE PERSON TO GRIEVE AT HIS OR HER OWN PACE.  Grief is triggered in many moments, even unexpected times.  Be patient and caring.

PROVIDE TIMES OF LIGHTHEARTEDNESS.  Laughter and diversion are wonderful ways to regain energy.  

BELIEVE IN THE PERSON’S ABILITY TO RECOVER AND GROW.  Your hope and faith may be needed when theirs fails.  Your trust in the other’s ability is essential.  Be a steady, faithful, patient friend.

Grief and Self Care

Grief is a journey of adjusting one’s life to the absence of a person.  Those who have walked the path of grief and found their path to hope and healing are often the best support for others.  In order to support and offer strength for others, we must first find strength for ourselves.

  • SEEK AND ACCEPT SUPPORT.  If you lack support, make finding it your first goal.  Start with family, friends or clergy, or call a local hospice office or your EAP for advice.
  • FIND MODELS.  You may need evidence that survival and growth are possible.  Seek out others who can help you find hope.  Books and support groups may be good choices.
  • LEARN ABOUT GRIEF.  Many a person who has learned about grief has stated, “I realize I’m not crazy, I’m grieving.”  Understanding grief can help with the journey.
  • ACCEPT YOUR GRIEF.  Time alone does not heal grief.  Grief must be accepted and dealt with as a natural process.
  • ACCEPT YOUR FEELINGS.  Grief produces many feelings, some very intense.  Emotional pain signifies the value of the person in your life.  It also helps you be real with yourself and others.
  • PACE YOURSELF.  Grief takes energy.  You may tire easily.  A slower pace alternated with periods of diversion and mild exercise may help the healing process.  Include good nutrition in the pattern of each day.
  • INVOLVE YOURSELF IN WORK OR MEANINGFUL ACTIVITY.  It can help you to maintain direction, control, and purpose in life.
  • EXPRESS IT.  Without expression, grief can leave you frozen and stoic.  Find someone who can listen to your story, over and over.  You may also want to express it privately through music, art, or journals.
  • DON’T BE AFRAID TO HAVE FUN.  Laughter is good medicine.  Allow yourself opportunities for diversion and refreshment.  Laughter and fun does not minimize the value of the deceased.
  • RE-DISCOVER HOPE.  Faith is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to go on in the face of fear.  The healing process is a journey.