Individual Therapy

Our therapists are trained in multiple modalities, which enables them to offer every client customized care. Their extensive experience with addiction recovery, trauma, and co-occurring diagnoses makes all the difference in how they approach healing. Learn more about why some of these approaches are among our favorites.
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EMDR
What is it?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a psychotherapy that helps people heal from the wounds and effects of disturbing experiences. “Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference” (emdr.com).
What’s it like?
EMDR therapy involves using eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) during one part of the session. Research out of Harvard suggests the biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep are tied to what takes place during EMDR, and that clients will process a targeted memory or disturbing feelings due to internal associations. In other words, the pain of difficult events is transformed on an emotional level without talking through or extensively describing details tied to the events.  

“Unlike talk therapy, the insights clients gain in EMDR therapy result not so much from clinician interpretation, but from the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes.  The net effect is that clients conclude EMDR therapy feeling empowered by the very experiences that once debased them.  Their wounds have not just closed, they have transformed. As a natural outcome of the EMDR therapeutic process, the clients’ thoughts, feelings and behavior are all robust indicators of emotional health and resolution—all without speaking in detail or doing homework used in other therapies” (emdr.com).
DBT
What is it?
Dialectical behavior therapy helps clients develop new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease relationship conflict. DBT specifically focuses on skill development in four main areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. 
What’s it like?
Therapists or facilitators will explain/teach concepts. Clients may be given worksheets or assignments to work on in their own time. As clients develop skills in these areas, they are empowered to manage relationships, communicate more effectively, stay in the ‘now,’ and regulate difficult emotions.

“DBT was originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder. However, research shows that DBT has also been used successfully to treat people experiencing depression, bulimia, binge-eating, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic-stress disorder, and substance abuse” (psychologytoday.com).
CBT
What is it?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a form of talk therapy. It helps clients become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, empowering them to view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them more effectively. It often involves work to change thinking and behavior patterns. It has been found to be effective for depression, anxiety, substance use problems, marital problems, eating disorders and severe mental illness. 
What’s it like?
In the first session, focus will be largely on assessing the client's situation, including difficulties they’re facing and what they hope to achieve in therapy. A treatment plan is developed, which guides how subsequent sessions play out. In CBT sessions, therapists may help clients to: recognize problem-causing distortions in thinking and reevaluate them more realistically; better understand motivation and behaviors of others; problem-solve to cope with difficult situations; develop greater confidence; etc.

“CBT can be a very helpful tool ― either alone or in combination with other therapies ― in treating mental health disorders, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or an eating disorder. But not everyone who benefits from CBT has a mental health condition. CBT can be an effective tool to help anyone learn how to better manage stressful life situations” (mayoclinic.org).
Narrative Therapy
What is it?
Developed by White and Epsten, this approach suggests that separating a client from their problematic or destructive behavior is vital in treatment (Michael White, 2015). Separating the individual from the problem, externalizing instead of internalizing it, relies on the client’s skills and sense of purpose to guide them (Narrative Therapy, 2017).
What's it like?
In narrative therapy, there is an emphasis on the stories the client developed and carries through life. In taking an external look at the story, clients can feel empowered to change their thought patterns and behaviors. It is a respectful, non-blaming approach that views the client as the expert in their own story.

Narrative therapy can help people see themselves as individuals and not as defined by their illness; they may feel “empowered to ‘rewrite’ their life story for a future that reflects who they are, what they are capable of, and what their purpose is, separate from their problems. Individuals, couples, and families can all benefit from narrative therapy.” (psychologytoday.com).
Trauma-informed care
What is it?
The prevalence of trauma is staggering. Trauma-informed care is an approach that assumes an individual is more likely than not to have a history of trauma. This approach to care recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role they may play in someone’s life.
What's it like?
For someone who has experienced trauma, getting help can be scary. Guilt and shame may inhibit clients from volunteering information about prior traumatic experiences. Our goal is to have sensitivity to treat clients with compassion and a willingness to work with them, without coercion. Our team recognizes how common trauma is and understands every client may have experienced serious trauma. 

“We don’t  . . . question people about their experiences; rather, we . . . assume that they may have this history, and act accordingly. It is also important to note that there are many types of trauma” (health.harvard.edu). Our team is dedicated to providing care with compassion, empathy, trustworthiness, and support, and in a manner that empowers clients.

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