Our Therapists Specialize In:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term form of psychotherapy directed at present-time issues and based on the idea that the way an individual thinks and feels affects the way he or she behaves. The focus is on problem-solving, and the goal is to change clients’ thought patterns in order to change their responses to difficult situations. A CBT approach can be applied to a wide range of mental health issues and conditions.
Reality therapy is a client-centered form of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy that focuses on improving present relationships and circumstances while avoiding discussion of past events. This approach is based on the idea that our most important need is to be loved, to feel that we belong and that all other basic needs can be satisfied only by building strong connections with others. Reality therapy teaches that while we cannot control how we feel, we can control how we think and behave. The goal of reality therapy is to help people take control of improving their own lives by learning to make better choices.
Narrative therapy is a form of counseling that views people as separate from their problems. This allows clients to get some distance from the issue to see how it might actually be helping them, or protecting them, more than it is hurting them. With this new perspective, individuals feel more empowered to make changes in their thought patterns and behavior and “rewrite” their life story for a future that reflects who they are, what they are capable of, and what their purpose is, separate from their problems.
Motivational interviewing is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes.
Depression is a common, but serious mood disorder that can affect the way a person feels, thinks, and handles daily life. Risk factors of depression include personal or family history of depression, major life changes, trauma, or stress, as well as certain physical illnesses and medications. Depression can be treated with psychotherapy, also known as “talk therapy” and medication. Depression can look different in everyone, so it is important to talk to a professional to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Anxiety disorder is characterized as experiencing chronic and intense feelings of fear or worry. There are multiple types of anxiety disorders including separation anxiety disorder, selective mutism, specific phobias, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, and generalized anxiety disorder. Anxiety is treatable with psychotherapy and medications both provided by professionals.
Bipolar Disorder Treatments
Bipolar disorder is characterized by unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out typical daily tasks. The shifts usually occur in “highs,” also known as mania, and “lows,” known as depression. There are four types of bipolar disorder that each have different specifications: bipolar I disorder, bipolar II disorder, cyclothymic disorder, and bipolar disorder due to another medical or substance abuse disorder. Treatment for bipolar disorder includes medications to control symptoms and episodes, with the addition of psychotherapy to provide support, education, and guidance to those with the disorders as well as their family members.
Executive Functioning Coaching
Executive function is essentially the Chief Executive Officer role of the brain, i.e., the job of integrating key systems of the brain to execute high-level cognitive tasks, including planning, problem-solving, and decision-making. Executive function skills help us “focus on multiple streams of information at the same time, monitor errors, make decisions in light of available information, revise plans as necessary, and resist the urge to let frustration lead to hasty actions. Executive function, depending on its strength or weakness, will assist or impede the development of both cognitive and social capacities. When there is a weakness, coaching can help clients learn how to address new situations, navigate overwhelming tasks and address everyday frustrations.
Hypnotherapy is guided hypnosis, or a trance-like state of focus and concentration achieved with the help of a clinical hypnotherapist. This trance-like state is similar to being completely absorbed in a book, movie, music, or even one’s own thoughts or meditations. In this state, clients can turn their attention completely inward to find and utilize the natural resources deep within themselves that can help them make changes or regain control in certain areas of their life.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy
EMDR is a unique, nontraditional form of psychotherapy designed to diminish negative feelings associated with memories of traumatic events. Unlike most forms of talk therapy, EMDR focuses less on the traumatic event itself and more on the disturbing emotions and symptoms that result from the event. Treatment includes a hand motion technique used by the therapist to guide the client’s eye movements from side to side, similar to watching a pendulum swing. EMDR is a controversial intervention, because it is unclear exactly how it works, with some psychologists claiming it does not work. Some studies have shown, however, that EMDR is effective for treating certain mental-health conditions.
Art therapy involves the use of creative techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, coloring, or sculpting to help people express themselves artistically and examine the psychological and emotional undertones in their art. With the guidance of a credentialed art therapist, clients can “decode” the nonverbal messages, symbols, and metaphors often found in these art forms, which should lead to a better understanding of their feelings and behavior so they can move on to resolve deeper issues.
Although sometimes used with adults, play therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach primarily used to help children ages 3 to 12 explore their lives and freely express repressed thoughts and emotions through play. Therapeutic play normally takes place in a safe, comfortable playroom, where very few rules or limits are imposed on the child, encouraging free expression and allowing the therapist to observe the child’s choices, decisions, and play style. The goal is to help children learn to express themselves in healthier ways, become more respectful and empathetic, and discover new and more positive ways to solve problems.
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy
MBCT is a modified form of cognitive therapy that incorporates mindfulness practices such as meditation and breathing exercises. Using these tools, MBCT therapists teach clients how to break away from negative thought patterns that can cause a downward spiral into a depressed state so they will be able to fight off depression before it takes hold.
Short-term and adjunctive EMDR and/or Trauma-Informed Yoga Treatment
Madrone Phoenix is offering short-term and adjunctive EMDR and/or trauma-informed yoga treatment to clients of ECMW! You don’t need to be a current client of Madrone’s, but if you are interested in utilizing EMDR and/or yoga therapy to help support your therapeutic process over the summer, she’s happy to support you. EMDR utilizes bilateral stimulation to help decrease the level of distress experienced by current triggers. She provides both yoga Nidra and/or Kundalini yoga depending on client needs. Yoga Nidra is a deeply relaxing type of yoga that helps to tone and strengthen the parasympathetic nervous system, while Kundalini is an activating and engaging yoga that helps to bring energy and brightness to our outlook and experience. Typically, Yoga Nidra is useful to treat anxiety-like symptoms and Kundalini is useful to treat more depressive-like symptoms. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Madrone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All definitions of therapy techniques are taken from PsychologyToday.com
Book Your First Appointment
If you feel you could benefit from any of these therapy techniques, book a free 15-minute call with one of our therapists. During the call, you will have the opportunity to get a sense of your therapist’s personality and the techniques they use before deciding if you want to schedule your initial session with them.
1 Richmond Square, Suite 333W
Providence, RI 02906
(with free parking)
211 Main Street
Ashaway, RI 02804
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