Psychological services methodologies
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
CBT is a goal-oriented, short-term therapy approach with an emphasis on problem solving. CBT, which was developed by Aaron Beck, MD, focuses on the concept that our thoughts influence our mood and behavior. By examining and changing our thinking, we can change our behaviors and emotions. CBT tends to be short and on average, lasts 6-9 months with one 50-minute session per week.
Family focused treatment
Family Focused Therapy (FFT) has been empirically supported to treat bipolar disorder, typically with adolescents. FFT focuses on changing the way family members interact, improving how they function as a unit, and improving how they function individually.
Behavioral therapy is focused on helping clients understand how altering their behavior can also lead to changes in how they feel. The goal of behavioral therapy, which has been empirically tested to treat many mental health disorders, is to change potentially self-destructing behaviors.
DBT is an empirically supported form of cognitive therapy developed by Marsha Linehan in the late 1980’s. DBT is primarily used to treat borderline personality disorder, but has shown clinical and research promise with many other mental health disorders.
Prolonged exposure therapy (PE) is a form of behavior therapy and can be integrated with cognitive behavioral therapy, which has been empirically supported to successfully treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is an empirically supported intervention that was initially developed to treat families with young children (between the ages of 2-7) exhibiting externalizing behavior problems.
PMT trains parents to manage their children’s behavioral problems both at home and in school. In PMT, parent-child interactions are altered in ways to promote prosocial behavior in children and to decrease oppositional or antisocial behavior.
Trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT)
TF-CBT is designed to treat posttraumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents. TF-CBT was initially developed to focus on the trauma associated with child sexual abuse, domestic violence, and traumatic loss, to name a few.
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