Cognitive Behavior Therapy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a structured, goal-oriented treatment approach in which the therapist works collaboratively with the client to improve the client’s overall well-being and functioning. The underlying theory of CBT is that one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors influence each other; by changing one’s beliefs/interpretations of a situation or the behavioral response, one can achieve an emotional change as well. CBT is intended to be a short-term treatment that focuses on the development of a set of coping skills to use in one’s everyday life. CBT is an evidenced-based treatment approach, and has been shown to be highly effective in treating anxiety and depression in both children and adults.
Behavioral Parent Management Training and Coaching Parents/caregivers play an important role in the treatment of their children. Behavioral parent training is geared towards teaching parents effective parenting strategies to help support and maintain the progress their child makes in treatment. Parents and therapists work together to help children generalize the coping skills they learn in therapy to their home and school environments. Moreover, behavioral parent training can assist parents in learning strategies to help them work more effectively together and decrease stress within the home.
Habit Reversal Therapy Habit Reversal Therapy (HRT) is an evidenced-based behavioral approach that has proven to be effective in reducing the severity and frequency of tics among children, adolescents and adults. HRT teaches clients to increase their awareness of tics, skills to cope with and tolerate the urges that accompany tics, and strategies to prevent the occurrence of tics.
Mindfulness-Based Therapies Mindfulness-based therapies combine the theories and practices of mindfulness, acceptance, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Research has demonstrated that the practice of mindfulness has a wide variety of physical and mental health benefits for children and adults. Mindfulness teaches individuals the process of controlling one’s attention, as well as how to have increased awareness of emotional, cognitive and behavioral experiences. Being more mindful can impact how one chooses to response to their emotions, thoughts, and behavioral impulses.