Our clinicians are specially trained in one or more of the following treatment modalities:
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Psychodynamic Theory
- Mindfulness/Buddhist Psychotherapy
- Transpersonal Psychotherapy
- Energy Psychology
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Cognitive Behavior Theory (CBT) is a time-sensitive, structured, present-oriented psychotherapy directed toward solving current problems and teaching clients skills to modify dysfunctional thinking and behavior. CBT states that the way that individuals perceive a situation is more closely connected to their reaction than the situation itself. CBT helps people change their unhelpful thinking and behavior that lead to enduring improvement in their mood and functioning. Rational Emotive and Solution-Focused therapies falls under this category.
Psychodynamic Theory emphasizes unconscious psychological processes that creates one’s personality, world-view, and respective behavior and relational patterns, and contends that childhood experiences are crucial in shaping adult personality. This includes Psychoanalytic Theory, Object Relations theory, in which primary relationships are strongly influential and predictive of character structure and future emotional and relational problems. The recent ACE (Adverse Childhood Events) research strongly supports this approach in that early traumatic childhood events overwhelmingly predict greater statistics of mental health and substance use disorder problems. The teachings and writings of Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein, Margaret Mahler, and Winnicot are strong influences here.
Mindfulness/Acceptance Based Psychotherapy
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Buddhist Philosophy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is the integration of the ancient Eastern psychological tradition of mindfulness, meditation, compassion and forgiveness teachings with modern Western psychological tradition of analyzing and investigating one’s developmental conditioning. The influence work of practitioners such as Jon Kabat-Zinn and Steven C. Hayes are essential here.
Transpersonal Psychotherapy or “spiritual psychology” promotes the idea or experience in which the sense of identity or self extends beyond (trans) the individual or personal to encompass wider aspects of humankind, life, or universe for an psychic shift or change. The 12-step programs of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Al-Anon, and Overeaters Anonymous (OA) are examples of communities that embrace a combination of behavioral and cognitive interventions with a faith in a Higher Power that provides help and healing from various addictions, unhelpful relationship dynamics, and unhealthy behavior patterns.
Energy Psychology is a collection of mind-body approaches for understanding and improving human functioning. EP focuses on the relationship between thoughts, emotions, sensations, and behaviors, and known bioenergy systems (such as meridians and the biofield). Thought field therapy, the Emotional Freedom Technique, created by Gary Craig, and Matrix Reimprinting, created by Karl Dawson, are types of energy work utilized by some of our practitioners. We are also versed in Reiki, or energy healing, where the practitioner, having received extensive training as well as a several spiritual opening ceremonies called “attunements” manipulate, release, or channel energy (chi) for the benefit of the client.