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Supportive Therapy Group

We specialize in providing an integrative approach to counseling that utilizes research-supported treatments that are adapted to fit your unique needs

ACT

“You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."

 

In utilizing ACT, clients work on focusing less on struggling with and avoiding their negative emotions, but rather accepting these feelings for what they are, but not letting them be barriers to pursuing a meaningful life.  

 

ACT is about:  

Accepting your internal experience.

Choosing a valued direction.

Taking action.

CBT
CBT

“What we think, we become” -- Buddha

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most widely researched and used evidence-based psychotherapy that has been found to be effective with numerous issues, symptoms, and settings. CBT is more present-focused and helps equip the individual with specific coping strategies. 

 

In CBT, the therapist helps the client to understand how their thought patterns and behaviors are shaping their feelings and impacting their life. CBT works to identify and investigate faulty and destructive beliefs about one’s self and the world, and learning how to reevaluate and counter these thought patterns. CBT also works towards recognizing unhealthy learned behaviors, and using techniques to take action in overcoming obstacles and creating change.  

 

CBT is more structured and directive than traditional psychotherapy. CBT actively teaches specific exercises and coping skills as well as may incorporate homework for practicing the techniques between sessions.

DBT

“Accept what you can’t change.

Change what you can’t accept.”

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a form of evidence-based psychotherapy that has been highly researched, originally developed from CBT to treat those with relational difficulties and self-destructive behaviors. Nowadays, DBT has become widely used for a variety of issues and concerns, to help individuals manage negative emotions, cope with stress, and decrease relationship conflict. 

 

This is NOT a formal DBT treatment center. However, aspects of DBT coping skills are taught to individuals and incorporated into their regular individual psychotherapy. DBT teaches strategies on how to cope with stress, recognize and regulate emotions, improve interpersonal communication and relationships with others, and live in the present moment.

Mindfulness

“Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.” -- Thích Nhất Hạnh

 

Mindfulness is the practice of being present. Mindfulness can be incorporated into counseling to help increase awareness, without judgement, and increase self-acceptance. 

 

Mindfulness focuses on attending to the present environment, where we are, what we are doing, and how our body feels, without ascribing any judgement. It is training the mind to be fully engaged in the present moment, without judgment or distraction. Mindfulness teaches people to become more aware of their physical and emotional experiences while not focusing on any judgement or self-criticism about them, but just observing and accepting them as they are. Mindfulness practices can help with mood, attention, stress, and self-awareness. 

Positive Psychology

“A negative mind will never give you a positive life”

 

Positive Psychology was developed as a response to traditional psychotherapy that only emphasized identifying and managing maladaptive symptoms and behaviors; instead, Positive Psychology focuses on how to pursue one’s best life. It is the practice of pursuing and cultivating happiness. The goal is to decrease the focus on one’s negative thoughts and experiences, but instead directing more attention on things like happiness, self-compassion, and hope. 

 

Exercises are used to help individuals identify their own strengths and positive qualities and traits. Positive Psychology focuses on areas of 1. Positive emotions (e.g. happiness, joy), 2. Positive traits (e.g. gratitude, resilience), 3. Positive institutions (e.g., applying positive principles within larger contexts and organizations). This form of therapy works on minimizing attention on negative situations and helps the individual further develop hope and positively improve their life. Positive Psychology also helps encourage individuals to develop and achieve their goals, cultivate relationships with others, develop a sense of gratitude, and actively pursue a meaningful life.

Solution-Focused

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” -- Edmund Hillary

SFBT is a goal-directed treatment that focuses on the client’s present and future directions. Compared to traditional psychotherapy, SFBT does not spend time exploring the past, but rather, focuses on identifying and developing a vision for one’s future. SFBT works on identifying specific goals and exploring possible solutions to make positive changes in one’s life. SFBT also helps empower the individual to identify areas of resiliency in their own life. The therapist can help the client to recognize the skills and resources the individual already has or what resources they can further cultivate in order to achieve their goals. 

 

In SFBT, the client is considered the expert of their life and situation, the therapist helps encourage the individual to envision solving their problem and what change would look like in their life, if things were solved. Then the therapist and client work collaboratively to identify ways to solve their problems and steps toward achieving their goals.

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