Treatment Modality Definitions

Art Therapy

Art Therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person's physical, mental and emotional well-being. The creative process involved in expressing one's self artistically can help people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviors and feeling, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.

Behavior Modification

Behavior Modification Therapy involves reducing or eliminating behaviors and habits that are destructive, unhealthy, or undesirable and learning or increasing more appropriate behaviors. We learn to continue doing behaviors that are reinforced in some manner, and to stop doing those that aren't.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral theory stems from the idea that people are characterized by how they think about the world, and that the way they think and interpret events leads to emotional responses.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a cognitive behavioral treatment originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder. DBT individual therapy focuses on enhancing client motivation and helping clients to apply the skills to specific challenges and events in their lives. DBT skills that are taught are mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation.

Eclectic Therapy

Eclectic Therapy is an approach that incorporates a variety of therapeutic principals and philosophies in order to create the ideal treatment program to meet the specific needs of the client.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR has direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. After a session the client no longer relives the images, sounds and feelings of the event. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. EMDR therapy can be used to treat:

  • Disturbing memories
  • Phobias
  • Pain Disorders
  • Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders
  • Personality Disorder
  • PTSD

Family Systems Therapy

Family Systems Therapy draws on systems thinking in its view of the family as an emotional unit. Family members are related to as part of the whole. The goal of Systems Therapy is for a group to gain insight into each member's role as it relates to the healthy functioning of the whole. It suggests behavior is both informed by and inseparable from the functioning of one's family of origin. Families experiencing conflict within the unit may find family systems therapy a helpful approach.

Interpersonal Therapy

Interpersonal Therapy focuses on the interpersonal relationships of the depressed person. The idea that depression can be treated by improving the communication patterns and how people relate to others. Focus will be on identification of emotion, expression of emotion and dealing with emotional baggage.

Mindfulness Therapy

Mindfulness Therapy combines CBT Techniques with mindfulness strategies in order to help individuals better understand and manage their thoughts and emotions in order to achieve relief from feelings of distress. The client will learn mindfulness meditation to interrupt the automatic processes often triggering depression. 

Narrative Therapy

Narrative Therapy is a method that separates the person from the problem and encourages people to rely on their own skill sets to minimize the problems that exist in their everyday lives. Rather than transforming the person, narrative therapy aims to transform the effects of the problem. The technique of externalizing problems sets the stage for creating positive interactions and transforming negative communication or responses into more accepting, nonjudgmental, and meaningful exchanges.

Patient Centered Therapy

Also known as Person Centered Therapy requires the client take an active role in their treatment process with the therapist taking a non-directive role. The two main goals are to increase self-esteem and have greater openness to experience. The client will have a better self-understanding, lower levels of defensiveness, guilt and insecurity; more positive and comfortable relationships; and an increased capacity to experience and express feelings at the moment they occur.

Sand Tray Therapy

Sand Tray Therapy is non-verbal, client led, and often used with children. The client will construct their own scene using a wide variety of miniature toys and colored sand. This scene acts as a reflection of the client's life and allows them the opportunity to resolve conflicts and remove obstacles. The process seeks to promote safety and control for the client so that emotionally charged issues can be addressed.

Solution Focused Therapy

Solution Focused Therapy is goal-oriented, rather than problem focused. The philosophy of Solution Focused Therapy is emphasis on what is possible and changeable, that the client has resources and strengths to solve problems and future orientation.