Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, CBT, is our primary treatment approach. On the whole, though, we adopt a more integrative approach to treating our clients. This is because our experience has shown that we cannot achieve the best outcome by using one treatment modality for every client. Often, an eclectic approach to using the more common and evidence-based modalities has proved more effective.
Once you step into our therapy room, we treat you as a real person with real feelings. We assume that you can grow and change, and that our duty is to provide the caring and compassionate context for this growth and change. We show this by what we say in therapy and the body language that we speak. We go on to talk about your past experiences and how these may have a connection to the present difficulties that you bring to therapy. In many cases, we don’t stop here. We beam a search light on your beliefs, attitudes and actions, and how they factor into your presenting problem. Some of these may be emotionally stressful for you, though. So, we approach our work with a lot of empathy and validation of your feelings.
As part of how we do our work, we use the information from your case, and the results of the self-report measures that we administer at intake, to continuously measure for progress towards your treatment goals and symptoms relief, and to make adjustments in treatment, as indicated. As important, we plan out treatment by taking into account that there are factors related to the patient or her environment that can affect treatment outcome. These factors include the client’s socio-economic status, religion, sex, cultural background, sexual orientation, history with psychotherapy, race, marital status, health of existing relationships, age, as well as the existence of a co-occurring disorder.