Different Treatment Modalities

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that is evidenced based and uses scientifically proven methods and research.  CBT has been effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and substance abuse problems, marital problems, eating disorders and severe mental illness. It is a combination of talk therapy and behavioral therapy.  In CBT, patients reframe negative thinking patterns into positive thoughts.  Patients suffering from  psychological problems can learn better ways of coping and thereby relieving their symptoms.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy

Motivational Enhancement Therapy, or MET, is based on the idea that people who have addictions or mental illnesses often wish to change their lives for the  better and this modality helps increase motivation  to change the behaviors that are preventing them from making healthier choices. 

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is a type of therapy that blends aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy with mindfulness techniques.  The goal of MBCT is to enhance client awareness so that he or she is better able to recognize emotional triggers and avoid being drawn into automatic patterns of thinking and behaving.

Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt therapy is a holistic approach to mental illness and wellness integrating mind/body and spirit.  It emphasizes strengths, adaptability and personal responsibility.  A key tool is heightened awareness in the here and now in order to consciously choose future actions or behaviors. The Gestalt therapist uses the therapeutic relationship itself to explore relational dynamics and give the client immediate feedback about the self, self-regulation and creative adjustments one makes as a result of life circumstances.  This therapy is designed to provide enough support and challenge to the client that he/she can then take personal risks and explore aspects of self that are lost, forgotten, squelched, contained, eliminated, disowned.

EMDR

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes

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