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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment that helps people who struggle to manage the intensity of their emotions. When people struggle to cope with intense emotions, the consequences tend to cause significant pain and turmoil, such as straining relationships with loved ones, feeling suicidal, or even losing jobs. DBT works by teaching participants to become more aware of their emotions, and offers alternative ways to manage feelings, deal effectively with painful situations and improve relationships. DBT helps people build a life that feels worthwhile and meaningful.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy is an approach for children and adolescents who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties due to traumatic life events. Both child and parent participate in the therapy. It is a component-based therapy that uses trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral, family, and humanistic principles and techniques. Clients process, manage and resolve distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to traumatic life events. At the same time, they enhance safety, growth and communication.

Prolonged Exposure Therapy helps individuals who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The approach provides the tools and strategies to help individuals emotionally process and make sense of their trauma. This is done through utilizing techniques to reduce symptoms such as flashbacks; intrusive thoughts, images, and memories; and other anxiety symptoms.

Behavioral Activation is based on the idea that when negative life events trigger sadness or distress it can cause withdrawal. The very act of withdrawing can then amplify feelings of depression, leading to a cycle of more sadness, distress and withdrawal. Depression then causes a person to shut down emotionally and behaviorally. Behavioral Activation teaches people to rediscover their values, goals and desires, and adjust their behavior accordingly. We call this engaging values-driven behavior or, not allowing moods and feelings to make decisions for your day. By acting in accordance with your values and not your mood, over time, depression tends to lift.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) incorporates the inter-relatedness of thoughts, emotions and behaviors as they relate to the process of emotion regulation. It helps to modify the way a person experiences emotions and specifically aims to change problematic thoughts and behaviors that keep negative symptoms around. This therapy is typically short-term, lasting 12 to 20 sessions.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy helps individuals recognize the impact that transitions or major life changes have on an individual’s life and teaches them how to orient their healing around finding solutions that are helpful in the short- and long-term. Through the process of focusing on the interpersonal relationships of an individual, improving communication patterns, and understanding how people relate to others, the individual often experiences symptoms of relief, resolution of the acute interpersonal crisis, and an increase in social support.