According to the CDC, only 20% of children with mental and behavioral health disorders receive care by mental health specialists. Blue Channel Therapy was started in 2021 due to the need for high-quality mental health therapy for low-income families. Families that utilize Medicaid or are uninsured often have limited options. Blue Channel Therapy aims to fill that gap.
In a study of adverse childhood experiences (ACE) by Kaiser Permanente and the CDC , nearly 1 in 6 adults reported they had experienced four or more types of ACEs. Some examples of ACEs are sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, living in a home where caregivers abuse substance or have mental health issues. As stated in the study, "...ACEs are costly. ACEs can have lasting, negative effects on health, well-being, and opportunity. These experiences can increase the risks of injury, sexually transmitted infections, maternal and child health problems, teen pregnancy, involvement in sex trafficking, and a wide range of chronic diseases and leading causes of death such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and suicide. Children growing up with toxic stress may have difficulty forming healthy and stable relationships. They may also have unstable work histories as adults and struggle with finances, jobs, and depression throughout life. These effects can also be passed on to their own children. Some children may face further exposure to toxic stress from historical and ongoing traumas due to systemic racism or the impacts of poverty resulting from limited educational and economic opportunities.”
In the CDC’s plan to reduce the impact of ACEs they call for early intervention and treatment of the toxic stress. Eye movement, desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based practice that is a well-researched and highly effective therapy for treating the symptoms related to traumatic stress. An important aspect of EMDR Therapy is that it builds resiliency and decreases the likelihood that new adverse events will create traumatic/toxic stress.
Blue Channel Therapy provides EMDR therapy to children, adolescents and adults to improve their quality of life and to decrease the negative impact on their health and future outcomes.
Blue Channel Therapy is also committed to providing high-quality training and supervision for new therapists and EMDR providers.
ACE Study: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/aces/fastfact.html
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