Also known as DBT, this modality teaches clients skills to better manage challenging emotions and develop new ways of tolerating distress by learning relaxation and mindfulness techniques. It also offers strategies to develop healthy communication skills and navigate interpersonal conflict. Learn more about DBT.
Based on the idea that dysfunctional thought patterns lead to distressing emotions and unwanted behaviors, CBT offers solutions by challenging unhealthy thoughts and replacing them with more helpful, balanced thoughts allowing for regulation of distressing emotions. Learn more about CBT.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing enables people to heal from the emotional distress of trauma by utilizing a structured process that promotes safety, stabilization, and ultimately the processing of traumatic memories. It uses techniques that promote the development of new cognitive insights in order to lessen current emotional distress from past traumas. Learn more about EMDR.
Mindfulness practice teaches the client to be fully present in the moment and take a non-judgmental stance to thoughts and feelings. Mindfulness meditation practices relaxation to combat negative reactions and dysfunctional thoughts with the goal of reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being.
Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an evidence-based integrative therapy that works from the assumption that each person's internal world is made of up a core self as well as many inner parts or subpersonalities that inform our actions and ways of being. Founded by Dr. Richard Schwartz, IFS works to identify parts and better understand the role of these various parts so that emotional healing can occur. This modality is often used for those with dissociation and trauma.
Body-based healing modalities such as somatic experiencing, trauma-informed yoga, and other movement-based approaches have gained credibility as effective methods to heal trauma alongside EMDR, IFS, and trauma-specific talk-therapy approaches. Body-based and somatic trauma-sensitive approaches utilize mindfulness, relaxation, and body awareness techniques to foster safety in the body, a sense of agency over one's physical being, and grounding presence as a way to promote healing from physical and psychological trauma.