At Serenity Wellness and Counseling Center we strive to create a personalized plan for self-growth and personal change. The client therapist/specialist relationship is a central part to helping our clients find emotional, psychological, and physical growth. With warmth, acceptance, and in a nonjudgmental atmosphere we can help you connect to your inner strengths and empower you to work on changes to bring about more joy in your life.
Our approach is often times not guided by just one school of thought (although our therapists specialize in their own modalities) but instead each therapist brings about their own level of expertise and are able to use these skills in order to identify your unique needs and prescribe a treatment course that is best for you.
Schools of Thought:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use, martial problems, eating disorders, and sever mental illness. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. CBT is an approach for which there is ample scientific evidence that the methods that have been developed actually produce change. CBT treatment usually involves efforts to change thinking patterns through strategies that include learning to recognize one’s distortions in thinking, gaining a better understanding of the behavior and motivation of others, using problem solving skills to cope with difficult situations, and learning to develop a greater sense of confidence in one’s own abilities. CBT places an emphasis on helping individuals learn to be their own therapist.
Description provided by https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/patients-and-families/cognitive-behavioral
Additional information at https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-cognitive-behavior-therapy-2795747
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) - provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. DBT specifically focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key ares. First, mindfulness focuses on improving an individual’s ability to accept and be present in the current moment. Second, distress tolerance is geared toward increasing a person’s tolerance of negative emotion, rather than trying to escape from it. Third, emotion regulation covers strategies to manage and change intense emotions that are causing problems in a person’s life. Fourth, interpersonal effectiveness consists of techniques that allow a person to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, maintains self respect, and strengthens relationships. DBT was originally developed to create borderline personality disorder. However, research shows that DBT has also been used successfully to treat people experiencing depression, bulimia, binge eating, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and substance abuse.
Description provided by https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapy-types/dialectical-behavior-therapy
Additional information at https://psychcentral.com/lib/an-overview-of-dialectical-behavior-therapy/
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Coming soon - is a psychotherapy treatment bath was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories (Shapiro). Shapiro’s (2001) Adaptive information processing model posits that EMDR therapy facilitates the accessing and processing of traumatic memories and other adverse life experience to bring these to an adaptive resolution. After successful treatment with EMDR therapy, affective distress is relieved, negative beliefs are reformulated, and psychological arousal is reduced. EMDR enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are result of disturbing life experiences.
Description provided by https://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/
Play therapy - Is a type of psychotherapeutic approach primarily used to help children ages 3 -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 chores, decision, and play style. The goal is to help children learn to express themselves unhealthier ways, become more respectful and empathetic, and discover new and more positive ways to solve problems.
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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) - is a modified form of cognitive behavior 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