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Treatment Models

Cognitive Behaviorial Therapy

Trauma-focused therapy is particularly sensitive to the unique sets of issues that arise for youths and adults who suffer from post-traumatic stress and mood disorders that stem from violence, abuse, or grief. The role of the therapist is to help the individual better understand their situation and provide strategies to express their feelings and cope with potentially stressful situations. Tools to help manage difficult feelings, negative thoughts and behaviors can be a transformational asset to those suffering through these issues day to day.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) places a large emphasis on teaching patients healthy ways to cope with stressors. Stress is a major contributing factor for many patients struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health concerns.DBT is a modified form of cognitive-behavioral therapy that varies from the original treatment in its focus. DBT emphasizes living in the moment and feeling more at ease with everyday life. This is achieved through proper stress management, regulating fluctuations in emotion, and maintaining healthy relationships with others.

Somatic Therapy

 

Somatic therapy, also known as somatic experiencing therapy, is a therapy that aims to treat PTSD and other mental and emotional health issues through the connection of mind and body. This body-centric approach works by helping to release stress, tension, and trauma from the body.

Unlike standard mental health therapy, such as CBT which focuses prominently on the mind, somatic therapy incorporates body-oriented modalities such as dance, breathwork, and meditation to support mental healing. In addition, somatic experiencing therapy sessions include talk therapy and mind-body exercises.

Creative Arts Therapy

Art, music, dance, drama, and poetry therapies are referred to as “creative arts therapies” because of their roots in the arts and theories of creativity. These therapies and others that utilize self-expression in treatment are also called “expressive therapies” .

Expressive arts therapies are defined as the use of art, music, drama, dance/movement, poetry/creative writing, bibliotherapy, play, and sandplay within the context of psychotherapy, counseling, rehabilitation, or medicine. Additionally, expressive therapies are sometimes referred to as “integrative” when various arts are purposively used in combination in treatment.

 

 

Malchoidi,2005, 2013, 2014

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