We utilize an ECLETIC APPROACH that involves techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness therapy, psychodynamic or insight-oriented therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY: Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of therapy which involves assisting clients to understand and become aware of their thinking in order to reframe their thoughts in a more flexible and rational manner that works to result with changes in their behavior. Some cognitive behavioral techniques involve cognitive restructuring, homework, self-monitoring, and thought-stopping.
MINDFULNESS THERAPY: Mindfulness therapy is a type of therapy that involves the use of awareness techniques such as breathing and present-oriented strategies to help clients gain awareness and take control over their behavior patterns. The need for Mindfulness therapy develops from patterns learned early on, along with our American society over valuing success and health, as it relates to titles or statuses; being on the go or in a hurry walking, driving, etc; overworking oneself at one’s job; and valuing work over family and friends.
PSYCHODYNAMIC or INSIGHT-ORIENTED THERAPY: Psychodynamic or Insight-oriented therapy is a type of therapy that includes the use of insight, involving family history, particularly early childhood, to assist clients to work through early wounds and understand how these wounds help to develop current problems, symptoms, and behaviors. For example, when a person continuously reacts towards others, there is usually an early historical component (i.e., modeling, victim of continuous criticism or abuse) that significantly contributes to the understanding and development of these symptoms.
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPY: Dialectical behavioral therapy is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy utilized to help clients learn to manage their emotions, improve and grow in relationships, and overall develop more balance in their lives. Dialectical behavioral therapy involves the approaches of mindfulness, tolerance of negative emotions, regulation of negative emotions, and effective and affective social skill building. DBT skills include skills for emotion regulation, mindfulness, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.