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Mindfulness-Based Therapies (DBT, ACT)
Mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches are designed to teach you how to focus on the present and maintain awareness of your mind, body, and surroundings. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) both have foundations in mindfulness. Mindfulness is about staying in the present moment and not allowing your mind to drift into the past or the future. It is you being in control of your mind, instead of your mind being in control of you. Many individuals with anxiety and depression have been able to significantly reduce their symptoms by adopting mindfulness, as well as, reduce blood pressure, increase the immune system function, relax muscles, improve quality of sleep, and increase focus and attention. 

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of treatment that focuses on examining the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. By exploring patterns of thinking that lead to self-destructive actions and the beliefs that direct these thoughts, people can modify their patterns of thinking to improve coping. 
A person who is depressed may have the belief, "I am worthless," and a person with panic disorder may have the belief, "I am in danger." While the person in distress likely believes these to be ultimate truths, with a therapist’s help, the individual is encouraged to challenge these irrational beliefs. Part of this process involves viewing such negative beliefs as hypotheses rather than facts and to test out such beliefs by “running experiments.” Furthermore, people who are participating in CBT are encouraged to monitor and write down the thoughts that pop into their minds (called "automatic thoughts"). This allows the patient and their therapist to search for patterns in their thinking that can cause them to have negative thoughts which can lead to negative feelings and self-destructive behaviors.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a comprehensive psychotherapy treatment approach created by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1989. This technique was born out of Shapiro asking the question, "What if the brain had a similar mechanism for healing psychological injuries as the body does, just like a finger can heal a cut?" Imagine tapping into that healing process in the brain and helping a woman heal from the nightmares of her heart surgery. Or helping a widower stuck in the replay of an accident that took his wife and children find joy in reliving the memories of their shared life. That is the potential outcome of effective EMDR treatment. EMDR may also be used for adults, adolescents and children in other diagnostic and life challenges, such as depression, anxiety, OCD and phobias as well as providing relief from stressors, such as divorce, grief, job loss and medical traumas. Early EMDR Intervention has also been shown to prevent PTSD when clients seek help immediately following a traumatic event.


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