About Our TherapyThe New Leaf Center uses several therapeutic approaches based on our clients’ needs.
The following is a brief description of some of those therapies.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Therapy (CT), or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)), is a form of psychotherapy in which the therapist and the client work together to identify and solve problems. CBT addresses dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and cognitions through a goal-oriented, systematic process. It helps clients overcome difficulties by changing their thinking, behavior, and emotional responses. Cognitive therapy has been found to be effective for many disorders, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and substance abuse, among others; and it is currently being tested for personality disorders.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a system of therapy developed to treat people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness. Recent work suggests it can be effective with sexual abuse survivors and chemical dependency issues. DBT usually consists of a combination of individual and group therapy.
A 12-Step program is a set of principles outlining a course of action for recovery from addiction, compulsion, and other behavioral and dysfunctional problems. Originally proposed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in the 1930s, the 12-Step approach has grown to be widely used in dealing with alcoholism, drug abuse, and various other addictive and dysfunctional behaviors. Therapeutic guidance helps clients to understand and fully apply 12-step principles to their situations and work toward recovery from problematic behaviors; address resolution of disruptive issues; and enhance personal, emotional, and spiritual growth.
Task-Centered Therapy focuses on problems the client deems important and formulation of problem-solving plans and objectives within a set time frame. It consists of goal-setting and goal-attainment in an efficient and systematic manner, to include specific tasks assigned to the client. This therapeutic approach helps to empower the client and works toward lessening problem areas, including interpersonal conflicts, social situations, and emotional distress, among other issues.
Experiential Therapy encourages clients to identify and address hidden or subconscious issues that can help with his or her therapeutic progress. Experiential work includes activities such as role playing, guided imagery, and the use of props. Other helpful activities include equine therapy, expressive arts therapy, and psychodrama. Studies show that experiential methods can help clients achieve dramatic reductions in their psychological symptoms by gaining information from the unconscious that allows them to fill in perceptual, cognitive and emotional gaps. One important goal of experiential therapy is to re-experience an old event in which the accompanying emotions were not expressed at the time. The re-experience can be an opportunity to feel those emotions now, work through them, and defuse them. The accompanying emotional pain is no longer repressed, which frees clients to live in the present, unencumbered by past hurts. Experiential methods can be used in combination with other types of therapy.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
EMDR Therapy is an integrative psychotherapeutic modality. When a person is very upset, his or her brain cannot process information as it normally does. One moment can become “frozen in time” physiologically; and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed; so, following successful EMDR treatment, a person may no longer relive the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind or triggered by a related event. What happened is still remembered, but it is less upsetting. EMDR can be effective for treatment of personality disorders, panic attacks, complicated grief, disturbing memories, stress, addictions, sexual and/or physical abuse, and more.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
Emotional Freedom Technique is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same pressure points used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for more than 5,000 years, but without the invasiveness of needles. Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is applied while thinking about a specific problem, whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc. In conjunction with voice positive affirmations, EFT can be a highly effective therapy tool.
Imago Therapy guides couples to learn new ways of speaking and listening to each other that allow them to learn more about each other’s emotional history and the underlying reasons for reactions that show up in their disagreements. They begin to understand what their partner really gets upset about, and how their responses make sense in the context of their past. Couples reconnect by using a new way of talking together, called the Imago dialogue, and learn to identify underlying relationship conflicts and ways to resolve them together.
Family Systems Therapy
Family Systems Therapy encourages people to think of issues such as marital conflict, addiction, acting-out teenagers, difficult relationships, etc. in terms of a multigenerational family “system.” This approach encourages people to move away from blaming others for conflicts, to identify generational patterns, and to work toward more effective resolutions.
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