More About: Therapeutic Techniques

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It is not uncommon for treatment centers to casually mention a long and impressive list of therapeutic techniques. Many facilities spout off methodologies such as CBT, DBT, EMDR, art therapy, equine therapy, meditation and breath work, and adventure therapy… but how many of these facilities actually incorporate all of the aforementioned techniques into their programs? The unfortunate truth is, very few do. It is very easy to assent to something without truly understanding what it means, especially when the livelihood of a loved one is concerned. However, when it comes to treatment for addiction, mental health, and trauma, it is very important that we fully comprehend what services are being offered before committing to any specific program. Recovery is unique to each individual, thus methods of recovery must be individualized and programs must be modified to meet the needs of each patient. If a specific patient is struggling with depression and relational trauma, a treatment program rooted exclusively in the 12-step method of recovery would likely not benefit him is much as a mental health and trauma recovery program, for example.

What is CBT?

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) does not exist as a specific and distinct therapeutic technique – this is a common misconception. Rather, CBT refers to a broad classification of therapy; one that revolves around verbal communication and talking through personal issues via in-depth discussion of thoughts and feelings. CBT is a method of therapeutic healing that was first developed sometime during the early 20th century. Behaviorally-centered therapeutic approaches began as early as the 1920s, and have since been expanding and evolving. Since CBT was first introduced, it has proven beneficial in helping treat adults and adolescents suffering from depression, anxiety, psychiatric disorders, substance abuse disorders, personality disorders, and a host of physical ailments, such as fibromyalgia and chronic back pain. CBT is a six-phase approach, and includes a number of diverse techniques such as cognitive processing therapy, exposure therapy, relaxation training, and dialectical behavior therapy.

What is EMDR?

EMDR, which stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a form of psychotherapy that was first developed by American psychologist and educator Francine Shapiro. This specific method of psychotherapy was developed to focus on the role that distressing memories and past experiences play in the development and exacerbation of certain mental disorders – PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) in particular. Shapiro believed that when an especially traumatic event occurred, normal coping mechanisms would be overwhelmed. The memory, as well as the stimuli associated with the memory, would be processed inadequately and compartmentalized in an isolated memory network. Years of extensive research on the neurological effects of traumatic experiences have solidified this belief, and EMDR has been shown to successfully reduce the lasting effects of painful and distressing memories. The therapy uses an eight-phase approach to address the past, present, and future effects of trauma, and has been proven effective in treating both adults and adolescents.

What Other Therapies Does Next Chapter Employ?

At Next Chapter, we believe in a truly comprehensive approach to healing. Our therapists are trained in numerous methodologies, all which have been proven to successfully treat a variety of issues and disorders, ranging from substance abuse to mental illness. We utilize somatic experiencing, adventure therapy, yoga, meditation, breath work, and many other holistic and therapeutic techniques geared towards recovery of the mind, body, and spirit. To learn more about our program of recovery, or for an in-depth explanation of any of the therapeutic methods we employ, please feel free to give us a call at 561-563-8407 – we look forward to speaking with you soon.