Categories Archives: Trauma

Recreational Therapy Workshops and Trainings

Recreational Therapy workshops and trainings are creative programs that get everyone engaged. These trainings work with various populations within various settings including women/men, adolescents, teen parents, adoptive adolescents, adjudicated/at risk youth, participants affected by violence & trauma, and participants with recovery challenges.

Practitioners

TraceySmith3Tracey Smith, M.Ed., CTRS

Wellness W.R.K.S LLC (Wellbeing, Recreation, Knowledge & Spirituality)

Tracey enjoys designing an atmosphere where participants can feel safe to explore their own personal challenges, issues of self-care and lifestyle management, while learning alternative ways of healing. Previous workshops have included Professional Development Train-the-Trainer workshop, Recreation is My Therapy, Women and WellnessThe Resilient Spirit, Teen Resiliency &  LeadershipResilient Energy – Workplace Wellness, and Wellness for Women of Color.

Tracey has provided consultation and professional staff development for hospitals, nursing homes, community-based, state, and non-profit agencies.

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Professional Trainings on Trauma and Resiliency

Professional trainings on trauma and resiliency educate individuals and organizations, provide forums for increased self-awareness and community-building, and creatively support the needs of helpers to nurture themselves as well as others.

Practitioners

Elizabeth Venart, M.Ed., NCC, LPC

Elizabeth Venart, M.Ed., NCC, LPC

Elizabeth Venart provides training and consultation at the local, regional, and national levels on trauma and resiliency, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue, counselor wellness, team-building in organizations, and creativity development. Her strength lies in making the material come to life for participants through reflective exercises, dialogue, and opportunities for creative expression and the development of personal insights.

Customized Training at your Workplace

Elizabeth bring trainings into diverse workplaces, partnering with agency and corporate leaders to develop customized programs that work effectively with their organizational culture and specific staff needs.

Counselor Wellness Intensives

These three-hour education and support sessions are designed to offer helping professionals time to focus on themselves, tools to promote wellness and resiliency, and valuable opportunities to dialogue with one another for increased support. Programs include integrative wellness approaches drawing from a variety of practices and professional disciplines. These include mindfulness and meditation, movement, expressive arts, music, laughter yoga, aromatherapy, creative visualization, and recreational therapy.

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EMDR

EMDR stands for “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.” This counseling modality integrates elements of many effective therapy approaches—including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies—into structured protocols designed to maximize treatment success (see www.emdr.com for more information).

During EMDR, clients focus on past, present, and future experiences while simultaneously focusing on external, bilateral stimulation (such as eye movements, sensory tappers, alternating sounds on earphones). Through this dual focus of attention and the entire protocol, people are able to process through upsetting memories and experiences that remain “stuck” and continue to create current-day emotional reactions despite previous counseling work.

EMDR is especially powerful in helping people alleviate symptoms of anxiety and in helping people who have experienced trauma (childhood abuse, witnessing violence and death, car accident, bullying, etc.). EMDR can also be very effective in enhancing feelings of confidence and unblocking motivation to make positive changes in one’s life.

Practitioners

Elizabeth Venart, M.Ed., LPC

Elizabeth Venart

Elizabeth Venart has used EMDR successfully with hundreds of clients with diverse issues over the past fifteen years, and continues to attend advanced trainings regularly. As a Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA-Approved Consultant, she also offers individual and group consultation to therapists seeking to strengthen their skills and gain certification.

» Learn more at www.elizabethvenart.com/emdr

» Contact Elizabeth at ElizabethLPC@comcast.net or (215) 233-2002

Kathleen Krol, MSS, LCSW, RPT-S

Kathleen Krol, MSS, LCSW, RPT-S

Kathleen Krol

Kathleen has received Basic Training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Advanced Training in EMDR with Children and Adolescents. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years post graduate training in Mindfulness-Based Play-Family Therapy, Contextual Family Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy.

» Learn more at www.kathleenkrol.com

» Contact Kathleen at 215-289-3101 prompt #1, or kasiakrol17@verizon.net

Barbra Danin, LMFT

Barbra Danin, LMFT

Barbra is a Certified EMDR Therapist, and incorporates Art Therapy with EMDR when appropriate.

» Learn more at www.barbradanin.com.

» Contact Barbra at bdanin@barbradanin.com or (314) 477-8585.

Elizabeth Campbell, MS, LPC

Elizabeth Campbell, MS, LPC

Elizabeth Campbell has received the Complete EMDR Therapy Training as well as Advanced Training in EMDR with Children and Adolescents. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She provides EMDR Therapy for both children and adults, incorporating play-based or expressive interventions when appropriate.

» Learn more at www.elizabethcampbellcounseling.com.

» Contact Elizabeth at 610-757-8163 or elizabeth@elizabethcampbellcounseling.com.

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Kimberly Katz Vargas, LCSW

KimVargasKim Vargas is a Clinical Social Worker licensed in the State of Pennsylvania.

She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from Brown University and graduated from Catholic University with a Masters in Social Work.

She has been a psychotherapist for over 12 years working with clients to address a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, parenting and relationships. She is trained in both Cognitive-Behavioral and Psychodynamic Therapies, and utilizes techniques from both to promote growth, empowerment, and a greater level of happiness in her clients.

Counseling for Individuals, Couples and Families

Anxiety and Depression

Everyone has some degree of anxiety or worry in their lives.  At times, however, this worry can become overwhelming, making it difficult to enjoy daily activities, or preventing people from taking part in important events.  Anxiety can interfere in relationships with significant people, including partners, children, co-workers, and friends.

Similarly, feelings of depression can limit an individual’s ability to engage and take pleasure in life.  Symptoms of depression may include general feelings of unhappiness or malaise, isolation, changes in eating or sleeping, and difficulties experiencing emotional and physical intimacy.

Kim has a great deal of experience helping clients identify the factors contributing to anxiety and/ordepression, and creating plans to address those factors.  She helps clients better understand how underlying thoughts, beliefs, perceptions and past experiences affect mood in the present.  She then assists clients in figuring out how to make changes that ultimately result in a major reduction in anxietyand depression and the symptoms (emotional and physical) associated with them.

Self-Esteem

A positive sense of self is key to feeling happy and satisfied overall.  For many people, feeling good about themselves is challenging.  For some, low confidence or self worth is pervasive in most areas of their lives.  For others, it may be difficult to feel confident in particular settings.  Kim addresses issues surrounding self-esteem by examining the roots of the negative self view, looking at faulty perceptions of self, and helping clients to rework their self view.  Ultimately this results in individuals who are happier, more confident, and more optimistic about the future.

Relationships and Couples Counseling

Relationships with significant others are sometimes a tremendous source of stress.   Communication, differences of opinion about child-rearing, finances, major life transitions, and lack of quality time together can contribute to feelings of alienation or isolation in a relationship.  As relationships evolve, differences in world view, religious background and cultural upbringing can start to emerge.  Kim helps couples to communicate better with each other, reach compromises in problem areas, and reconnect to each other.  She also works with couples who are moving toward a deeper commitment, and want some counseling before taking the next step toward engagement, marriage or cohabitation.

Parenting

Kim has expertise in working with parents to manage the challenges of parenting, from birth or adoption through becoming a grandparent.  Parenthood is a wonderful and rewarding time of life, but it can also be very overwhelming.  It can bring up unexpected thoughts and feelings that may be difficult to share with friends and family.  New motherhood can be an especially challenging time as moms struggle with their new identity (and loss of old identities), body image, feelings of isolation, relationships with significant others, and anxieties about doing the “right” thing.  Kim helps parents navigate this unchartered territory by providing emotional support, as well as assistance in problem-solving.  Parenting work may be done in individual sessions, or in a support group.

New Moms Support Groups

Kim offers support groups to new moms to address the challenges and joys of new parenthood.  These groups are an opportunity for moms to meet other women at the same stage of life, and to share thoughts, feelings, fears, and accomplishments in a nurturing, confidential environment.  Mothers are invited to bring their pre-walking babies to these groups.  Please contact Kim for more information about joining an upcoming group.

Clinical Supervision for Social Workers

Kim Vargas provides supervision for both new and experienced social workers.  Kim really enjoys helping new clinicians to discover their own therapeutic style and to understand their own reactions to their client’s thoughts and feelings.  She assists therapists in integrating their classroom learning with their work in the actual therapy room.  For more experienced therapists, Kim provides case consultation and ongoing clinical support.

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Elizabeth Campbell, MS, LPC

Elizabeth Campbell is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing individual and family counseling for children and adults.

She uses an empowerment and strength-based approach as well as facilitating workshops combining yoga and counseling. Her specialties include child and family therapy, mindfulness, EMDR Therapy, and play therapy.

Play Therapy

The ability to express oneself is directly correlated with one’s developmental level. Therefore, children express themselves in much different ways than adults and require different therapeutic interventions than traditional talk therapy. Elizabeth provides a variety of mediums for children to express themselves through their language: play. She is trained in Child-Centered Play Therapy and in Eliana Gil’s Integrative Model of Play Therapy for children that experienced trauma. She also partners with parents in Filial Therapy, which builds strong relationships with children and supports parents in creating consistent structure at home.

Elizabeth Campbell's office

Elizabeth Campbell’s office

Creative Counseling for Adolescents

The developmental task of adolescents is to create a sense of identity. Elizabeth’s humanistic, client-centered, empowerment approach, founded in the individual’s strengths supports teenage clients in doing just this. Elizabeth also utilizes creative, mindful, and expressive strategies to engage teens and promote change inside and outside of sessions.

Trauma-Informed Care

In this approach to treatment, the clinician asks “what happened to you” rather than “what’s wrong with you.” Trauma impacts the whole individual. Elizabeth’s holistic, humanistic approach addresses the whole person and provides support in moving forward with one’s life.

Elizabeth is a certified sexual assault counselor and is trained in a variety of trauma-specific treatment modalities including EMDR Therapy, the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Art Narrative Therapy, and Eliana Gil’s Integrative Model of Play Therapy.

Elizabeth Campbell's office

Elizabeth Campbell’s office

Workshops and Mind-Body Treatment

Elizabeth has had the joy of combining a personal passion, yoga, with her professional path through workshops and groups to bring yogic principles into treatment and subsequently, into one’s life. Elizabeth runs ongoing groups and workshops that address emotional healing through a combination of yoga and therapy as well as bringing these and mindfulness principles into individual sessions.

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Jeff Katowitz, LMFT

JeffKatowitzJeff Katowitz, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Pennsylvania.

He graduated from Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, Pa. in 1996. Jeff has twenty years of experience providing individual, couple, and family therapy in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburban areas.

Areas of Specialty

Marriage and Family Therapy

A therapeutic approach and methodology that involves a system (more than one individual) and assists all parties in developing better listening skills so that there is an increase in awareness and collaboration in developing solutions and solving problems.

Couples Therapy

A therapeutic approach that is geared towards equity and fairness where both parties are validated, acknowledged and heard so that they can embark on a path where they can collaborate more effectively.

Jeff Katowitz's office

Jeff Katowitz’s offic

Individual Therapy

Emphasis placed towards the individuals’ perception and exploration into decreasing the presenting symptoms.

Families in Transition

Transitioning through divorce

Exploration into ways the family can restructure. The therapist guides and provides suggestions in building a framework for living. Topics of discussion include separation, custody, finances, living situation, co-parenting, legal and ethical issues and an attempt to create fairness for all parties.

Blended Family Issues

The therapist works with all family members including biological family members, step-siblings and step-parents. The therapist provides a framework for helping all parties explore their hopes, wishes and feelings so that they will feel heard and acknowledged.

Grief and Loss

The therapy process explores the loss that the individual or family has endured. The therapist will support the individual and family to begin looking forward and creating a framework and way of living that is congruent to where they are in their process of grief.

Trauma

The therapy process will include examining events and life circumstances that have physically and/or emotionally caused a wound – impacting the individual(s) ability to function in their daily lives.

Autism and Developmental Disabilities

The therapist helps the family explore all supports within their immediate community that are accessible. The therapist educates the family as to how to access the various services that may be beneficial to the individual who has been diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. The therapeutic process emphasizes the stability of the parents, strengthening their marriage or relationship as they collaborate in managing the autistic family member.

Adoption and Foster Care

The therapist will explore with the individual or family how adopting or being adopted has influenced how they relate to others and how it has impacted their daily functioning.

 

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Elizabeth Venart, MEd, NCC, LPC
Founder and Director of the Resiliency Center

Elizabeth Venart is the Director of The Resiliency Center and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania.

She is also a National Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors.

Elizabeth has 25 years of experience in providing counseling, clinical supervision, and training services. For nearly ten years, she worked in non-profit crime victim centers providing individual and group counseling—as well as crisis intervention and critical incident stress management services—to women, children, and men impacted by traumatic grief and crimes of violence. Elizabeth also worked as a school counselor for seven years—at an independent school for boys and with an alternative school for children with emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges.

Elizabeth Venart’s counseling office

Individual, Couples, and Group Counseling

Elizabeth’s counseling specialties include trauma and anxiety, job burn-out and career transition, and working with people who are highly sensitive, empathic, creative, and intuitive. She also supports couples to identify current patterns and create changes that allow for greater compassion and intimacy.

A Person-Centered Approach

The foundation of Elizabeth’s work with individuals, couples, and groups is relational. Before any other work can occur in counseling, an atmosphere of respect and safety must be developed within the relationship.

Trusting in the power of individuals to find their own solutions to life’s difficulties, she uses a person-centered therapy approach in her work with clients—working as a facilitator and coach to help people discover and access their inner resources. Bringing a trauma-informed perspective to her work, Elizabeth recognizes that unresolved grief and hurt are often at the root of individuals feeling stressed, “stuck,” or unhappy.

Strategies and Solutions for Healing

Elizabeth recognizes that people come to therapy looking for information and resources to help them, especially when struggling to create new patterns in their relationships or working to overcome experiences of grief and trauma.

Cognitive Therapy

She uses principles from mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to help clients learn to identify how their thoughts can contribute to or help lessen their experiences of pain—and to learn various methods for slowing down their mind so that they can more fully experience the present moment.

EMDR

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a comprehensive, trauma-informed therapy that integrates mindfulness, cognitive therapy, and insights from neuroscience to get to the root of the symptoms, triggers, and obstacles that bring people to therapy.

Elizabeth is a Certified EMDR Therapist and an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant. She offers individual and group consultation to therapists seeking to strengthen their EMDR Therapy skills and gain certification. She has undergone several advanced training programs on the use of EMDR with children, severe trauma, and dissociation. She is experienced in using EMDR to facilitate clients’ successful healing from trauma, grief and anxiety.

Internal Family Systems

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a therapy approach that recognizes and respects the complexity of each person’s inner world.  Inner conflict between parts (often recognized as having competing beliefs and desires) is often at the root of anxiety, depression, indecisiveness, and dissatisfaction. By listening deeply to all parts of self, we can have greater ease in our lives, greater compassion for ourselves, and less distress and reactivity.

One example of an inner conflict that might arise among parts could be as follows: (1) Part of you looks outside on a sunny day and really wants to go on hike, (2) Part of you is determined to clean the house because company is coming tomorrow, (3) Part of you feels pulled to visit a sick friend, and (4) Part of you feels overwhelmed by the choices and just wants to stay in bed. When we begin to understand our inner conflicts through the lens of IFS and parts, we develop an ability to see our struggles more clearly and with greater compassion. In couples therapy, this lens leads to deeper understanding about habitual reactions and patterns and, ultimately, greater intimacy and connection.

Highly Sensitive Persons

Elizabeth provides a safe, emotionally attuned healing environment in which Highly Sensitive persons (HSPs) can heal emotional wounds and move towards greater self-understanding and acceptance. Our work focuses on helping HSPs validate and appreciate their strengths and learn effective coping strategies for living in a world where the majority of people are not highly sensitive.

Group Counseling

In her groups, Elizabeth provides opportunities for individuals to connect with others, tap into their strengths, participate in activities and discussions designed to promote greater self-awareness, and receive support in creating positive changes in their lives.

Laughter Yoga

Elizabeth Venart became Certified as a Laughter Yoga Instructor in 2011. Laughter yoga is a fun and uplifting form of exercise that combines playful laughter exercises with deep yoga breathing. The proven health benefits of laughter include reducing stress, improving mood, increasing cardiovascular health, lowering blood pressure, and generally helping people feel more relaxed and comfortable in their bodies and in the world. Elizabeth leads laughter yoga classes at The Resiliency Center, works individually with people teaching them laughter yoga, and integrates laughter yoga into her professional trainings and Resiliency Retreats.

Clinical Supervision and Training Programs for Health Care Professionals

Elizabeth provides clinical supervision and training programs to individuals, groups, and organizations and is available to provide LPC supervision to counselors seeking licensure. She has over ten years of experience supervising counselors across a variety of settings.

Clinical Supervision

Her approach to LPC and clinical supervision is rooted in a humanistic, relational framework. She supports counselors in deepening their understanding of clients’ challenges and goals, identifying any obstacles to empathy and mindfulness, and providing concrete strategies to promote change. She helps counselors cultivate a trauma-informed perspective and invites them to listen for stories of resiliency.  Elizabeth also provides career guidance to counselors as well as vicarious trauma consultations to both individuals and organizations.

Training Programs for Professional Helpers

Elizabeth has been providing training programs to professional helpers since 1996. She has presented at the local, regional, and national levels, and her strength lies in making the material come to life for participants through reflective exercises, dialogue, and opportunities for creative expression and the development of personal insights.Her training specialties include trauma, vicarious trauma, counselor wellness, team-building in organizations, and creativity development.

From 2003 through 2007, Elizabeth served on the American Counseling Association’s Task Force on Impaired Counselors. Part of her work on the task force included the development of effective intervention programs to facilitate counselor wellness and serving as a co-editor for a special journal issue on counselor wellness through the Journal of the Counseling Association for Humanistic Education and Development.

Elizabeth was an adjunct instructor with the Behavioral Health Counseling Sciences Program of Drexel University from 2003 -2008. She taught Group Counseling I and II, Theory and Practice of Counseling, Assessment and Treatment Planning, and Cognitive Therapy II.

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