Note about Services
All therapy services at this center are tailored to the client, compassion-focused, and collaboratively conducted. Even though many of these therapeutic approaches have set components, this center purposely does not conduct therapy in a cookie-cutter fashion so that we can account for the human factor and empower each individual client.
This means you will be encouraged to discuss aspects of therapy you do and do not like with your therapist. Also, your therapist will likely challenge you to try several new things; however, you have full choice and agency to accept or decline these challenges as they are presented. If something feels too fast, too slow, too intense, or not quite targeting the key aspect of your issue or goal, please discuss this with your therapist.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a specific type of therapy that believes humans suffer when the intersection of their thoughts, feelings, and actions create unworkable patterns in their lives.
With CBT, we work on identifying these unworkable patterns and creating more helpful, workable ones.
CBT is also the general foundation of most other therapy services offered at this center.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a specific branch of CBT that believes humans suffer when we are
- disconnected from our personal values,
- focused on a feared future or a haunting past,
- avoiding difficult or uncomfortable experiences,
- bound to a rigid sense of self,
- fused with unhelpful thoughts,
- and stuck in inaction.
With ACT, we work on
- getting more connected with personal values,
- becoming centered in the present moment,
- increasing willingness to experience the many facets of life,
- creating a flexible sense of self,
- defusing from unhelpful thoughts,
- and taking committed action toward personal goals and values.
ACT is integrated into most therapy services provided at this center.
Exposure therapy is a specific therapy within CBT that believes avoiding, escaping out of, numbing, or neutralizing thoughts and feelings in feared or uncomfortable situations maintains, and possibly even increases, the fear and discomfort.
In exposure therapy, we work on facing the feared object or situation in a systematic manner with new coping skills and experiences to both reduce the distress caused by the stimulus and produce a better sense of safety in its presence.
- Exposure therapy – facing the feared situation or object, instead of avoiding it
- Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) – facing the feared situation or object while preventing any actions that attempt to escape out of or neutralize the situations, feelings, or thoughts
- Interoceptive Exposure – facing feared or uncomfortable bodily sensations by purposely eliciting them
Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)
Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics, or CBIT, is a specific type of CBT that helps to better manage tics by
- building awareness of tics, urges, and environmental variables;
- creating competing behavioral responses during the urge; and
- altering environments and/or routines.
Supportive therapy relies on the therapeutic alliance to help examine any component of life, relationships, or self. This can be used throughout any other type of therapy, or solely on its own to more clearly define the struggle, or to uncover goals, values, or identity.