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Types of Therapy

Evidence-Based Practices

"Evidence-based practice in psychology (EBPP) is the integration of the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, culture, and preferences."

Good reads on EBPP: What is Psychotherapy?  and Looking for Evidence that Therapy Works by Harriet Brown

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

... "involves identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors."

Studies have shown that CBT is effective in treating: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance use disorders, psychotic disorders

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

... "[helps clients build a life that they experience as worth living. In DBT, the client and the therapist work together to set goals that are meaningful to the client. Often this means they work on ways to decrease harmful behaviors and replace them with effective, life-enhancing behaviors."

Studies have shown that DBT is effective in treating: life threatening behaviors, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, eating disorders

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

... "is a unique empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility means contacting the present moment fully as a conscious human being, and based on what the situation affords, changing or persisting in behavior in the service of chosen values."

Studies have shown that ACT is effective in treating: depression, anxiety

Gottman Method Couple's Therapy

... "is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory... Some of the relationship issues that may be addressed in therapy include:

  • Frequent conflict and arguments

  • Poor communication

  • Emotionally distanced couples on the verge of separation

  • Specific problems such as sexual difficulties, infidelity, money, and parenting"

Studies have shown that GMCT is effective in treating: couples and relationship problems, infidelity

Prolonged Exposure Therapy

... "a theoretically-based and highly efficacious treatment for chronic PTSD and related depression, anxiety, and anger" and "specifically designed to help clients process traumatic events and reduce trauma-induced psychological disturbances."

Studies have shown that PE and DBT-PT are effective treatments in treating: post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic experiences

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