Trauma Therapy / Evidence Based
Provide a range of effective and evidence-based therapies
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy tries to identify and change negative thinking patterns and pushes for positive behavioral changes.
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (DBT)
(DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy tries to identify and change negative thinking patterns and pushes for positive behavioral changes.
DBT may be used to treat suicidal and other self-destructive behaviors. It teaches patients skills to cope with, and change, unhealthy behaviors. The term “dialectical” comes from the idea that bringing together two opposites in therapy — acceptance and change — brings better results than either alone. A unique aspect of DBT is its focus on acceptance of a patient’s experience as a way for therapists to reassure them — and balance the work needed to change negative behaviors.
EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING (EMDR) TREATMENT
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy has been declared an effective form of trauma treatment, especially for victims suffering from major traumas and PTSD resulting from sexual assault. EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment approach composed of standardized protocols and procedures. The eight phases and three-pronged protocol facilitate a comprehensive evaluation of the clinical picture, client preparation, and processing of past events that set the foundation for pathology, current disturbing situations, and future challenges.
A study that examined the efficacy of EMDR for patients with posttraumatic-stress disorder confirmed that EMDR therapy significantly reduces the symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, and subjective distress in PTSD patients (1). Specifically, the efficacy analysis revealed that the EMDR treatments significantly reduced the symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, and distress in PTSD patients who were subjects in this study.
(1) Ying-Ren Chen, Kuo-Wei Hung, Jui-Chen Tsai, Hsin Chu, Min-Huey Chung, Su-Ru Chen, Yuan-Mei Liao, Keng-Liang Ou, Yue-Cune Chang, Kuei-Ru Chou (2014) Efficacy of Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for Patients with Posttraumatic-Stress Disorder: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4125321/
Adventure therapy is an experiential therapy that utilizes challenging exploration activities to facilitate therapeutic healing. Often taking a participant out of their comfort zone, adventure therapy helps promote healthy identity development, self-efficacy, grit, and a growth mindset. No matter what each particular activity incorporates, the adventure therapy model is versatile enough to meet each client at their level.