Types of Treatment
There are several types of psychotherapy that involve different approaches, techniques and interventions. At times, a combination of different psychotherapy approaches may be helpful. We frequently use the following types of therapy in our treatment protocol.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) helps improve your mood, anxiety and behavior by identifying unhelpful patterns of thinking that lead to depression, anxiety, or angry outbursts. During CBT, you can learn to identify harmful thought patterns. and how to replace this thinking with thoughts that result in more appropriate feelings and behaviors. Research shows that CBT can be effective in treating a variety of conditions, including depression and anxiety.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy is future-focused, goal-directed, and emphasizes solutions, rather than the history of problems that brought you in to seek therapy. It is especially useful for decreasing the complications of daily life and coping with transient but powerful stressors.
Play Therapy involves the use of toys, blocks, dolls, puppets, drawings and games to help your child recognize, identify, and verbalize feelings. Play is the natural language of children. We observe how your child uses play materials to identify themes or patterns to better understand your child’s individual stressors and concerns. Through a combination of talk and play, the child has an opportunity to build their internal resources to better manage their conflicts, feelings, and behavior.
Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) is based on the idea that the body and mind are interrelated and that the psychotherapeutic use of movement can increase emotional, cognitive, and social awareness and responsiveness. DMT helps you experience and practice self-control, relaxation, emotional modulation, and social/interpersonal connection as part of the process to integrate current skills with future goals.
EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Re-processing) is a series of therapeutic interventions that have been shown to be particularly effective in the treatment of past trauma. EMDR therapy provides a framework for safely and effectively diminishing the emotional and behavioral impact of traumatic events. We work with you to build your inner resources to address the traumatic material. Once these inner resources are established, we provide a therapeutic structure for you to process the hurt, fear, anger, or sadness and integrate more helpful ways of thinking about the past. Some form of alternating left/right stimulation (eye movement, hand tapping or sound tones) is used as a processing catalyst. This processing is done within a cognitive-behavioral therapy framework.
Sand Play Therapy Sand play is a form of therapy that allows you to select objects and figurines to create a picture in a sand tray. A basic premise is that sand play facilitates natural motivation of the mind to move towards healing. Sand play can work well for both children and adults. While it may look like undirected play, concerns and issues that are difficult to verbalize can appear in the sand tray and be reviewed, repaired and released. Sandplay therapy offers a non-verbal opportunity for you to activate your inner resources and begin to make sense of your concerns with the support and witness of the therapist.