TREATMENT

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COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY

  

The most common type of psychotherapy, or talk therapy, in which you talk with a mental health counselor (click here for types of mental health counselors) in a structured setting. This treatment usually has a limited number of session as the goal is to overcome challenging situations by becoming aware of negative thoughts and learn different ways to cope.


CBT is taken alone or with other treatment such as medication or group therapy on top of individual sessions. CBT treats mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, PTSD, OCD, sleep disorders, phobias, and more. CBT is not only for people who struggle with lifetime or short term mental illness but even just for those who need guidance. It is an effective tool especially in stressful life situation or anytime when you  just want someone to talk to. 

The strategy is identify, work through, and cope.​ In CBT you learn to manage symptoms by learning techniques don how to handle feelings and situations which ultimately resolves tension and prevents relapse.​ Learn more with three cards below. Hear about real experiences on our Blog(link)

 
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Identifying situations: after going through certain trauma or challenging situations, you may not even realize it is something you are holding on. These editions may include complex relationships, bereavement, moving, financial struggles, medical conditions, and more.

Mindfulness: becoming aware of your thoughts, emotions, beliefs. How ever you may handle your emotions, you may still need some help identifying, working through certain aspects, or gaining a different perspective. You may observe yourself in new or deeper ways such as how you talk to yourself or interact with other people.

Positive vs negatives: Positive thoughts are what your therapist may have you try and amplify in your mind. Negative thoughts may be inaccurate thoughts about your personality or body image or more. This may be done by exploring different perspective and possibilities.

 
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WHAT IS COPING?

According to google...

"Coping means to invest one's own conscious effort, to solve personal and interpersonal problems, in order to try to master, minimize or tolerate stress and conflict. The psychological coping mechanisms are commonly termed coping strategies or coping skills."

 

FINDING A GOOD FIT

 Therapists should be one of your greatest supporters in life, reminding you of your worth, progress, and strength. It's important you match with the right one for you.

Before you start treatment here are some suggestions...

  • Check qualifications and background. This includes education, certifications, licensing, specialties, and etc.

  • Ask about their confidentiality

    • They are required to report if you are a threat to yourself or others/if you are harming yourself or others have the plan to do so. But it is best to ask, because some report with just suspicion.

    • Learn more about confidentiality with adolescents HERE

    • Learn more about confidentiality laws HERE

  • Compare the goals/plan you have for yourself with theirs for you

  • Therapy scheduling

    • how frequent you go and for how long? this will depend on your symptoms and its severity, your speed of progression, and or environmental aspects such as stressful situations arising that are apart of your regular struggles.

  • How you vibe!

    • Do they listen to you?

    • Do they support you?

    • Do they respect you?

    • Are you comfortable with them? 

    • Is their approach compatible with your needs/style/approach/needs?

 

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THERAPY

 
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Go when you are ready so you can be open and honest.  For treatment to be most effective, it is best to actively participate and share. Be willing to change habits or try and try new things. Be okay to face new challenges in different ways. If you are reluctant, let your therapist know.

Work on your treatment plan outside of sessions! Stick to going to session! It can be hard especially when therapy has become uncomfortable and when your less motivated but going to therapy might combat these struggles. missing a large amount of session can get in the way progress which can be discouraging.

If therapy is not helping, talk to your therapist, a new therapist, or a trusted person. Maybe consider switching treatment plans through different types of therapy/treatment or therapists. You are not a lost cause, there are so many options. Remember there are people who want to help you and ways that you can be effectively supported. Do not give up.

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Working through Trauma

According to google...

"Psychological trauma is damage to a person's mind as a result of one or more distressing events causing overwhelming amounts of stress that exceed the person's ability to cope or integrate the emotions involved, eventually leading to serious, long-term negative consequences."

Go to our Trauma Page
 

DIALECTAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPY

 Psychology today says, “DBT is influenced by the philosophical perspective of dialectics: balancing opposites. The therapist consistently works with the individual to find ways to hold two seemingly opposite perspectives at once, promoting balance and avoiding black and white—the all-or-nothing styles of thinking. In service of this balance, DBT promotes a both-and rather than an either-or outlook. The dialectic at the heart of DBT is acceptance and change.”

Mainly used to treat for BPD, because is effective at managing the extreme feelings people with the condition have. Acceptance is the main goal. In DBT you learn how to apply therapy skills in real life to address obstacles like how to deal with conflict in relationships. It was created in 1980s by Marsha Lineman PhD.

Like CBT, this approach help patients stay motivated and validated. oth are dependent on patient’s willingness and may include groups therapy, medication. DBT may be more frequent and less of a tea sash and more of a life coaching. More below.

 

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CBT AND DBT

 
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CBT is how you can help yourself to help others and DBT is how to maintain healthy relationships and connections to help yourself. CBT teaches you how to notice and cope with your thoughts and feelings and how they influence each other; DBT is meant to specifically regulate emotions and thoughts.

DBT implements skills revolving around acceptance and toleration rather than skills like awareness and positive thinking. DBT is more action based and CBT works with more internal struggles. DBT is the reconstruction of behaviors and decisions to improve quality of life. CBT is learning and shifting reactions.

DBT is modified from CBT. CBT is goal oriented and for some cases meant to “Cure” the bad feelings or mental illness. It is more around practicing skills to rid the challenges, negativities, and harmful behavior and past actions. DBT is a more long term form of support.