What Are Evidence-Based Treatments?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based psycho-social intervention designed to improve mental health functioning. This type of treatment is designed to help patients meet their goals in the near future rather than over the course of the lifetime. Goals of treatment focus on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and developing new problem-solving coping strategies.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) consists of two components:
- Cognitive Strategies: The therapist and patient work together to identify unhelpful distorted thoughts as they are connected to a patient’s symptoms. The therapist then attempts to help the patient check their thoughts for accuracy and modify his or her inaccurate or unhelpful thoughts and beliefs.
- Behavioral Interventions: Behavioral interventions help to lessen the connections between an individual’s thoughts and/or behaviors and his or her maladaptive responses to them.
Behavioral techniques may include:
- Exposure techniques including in vivo, imaginal, and interoceptive exposure
- Role Playing
- Behavioral Activation
- Breath retraining
- Ritual Prevention
- Assertiveness Training
- Motivational Strategies
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been evidenced based to treat a variety of disorders including:
- Panic Attacks
- Social Anxiety
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
- Other Childhood Disorders
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program (DBT)
DBT was originally developed to treat self-harming and suicidal behaviors and has been adapted for treatment with adolescents, adults, and other treatment populations.
Who does DBT help?
DBT is not for everyone. There are several adaptations for different specific problems. Our DBT program does not target patients diagnosed with primary substance use, eating disorders, or active psychosis.