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Treatment Approaches

Cognitive Therapy. Cognitive therapy helps people to be more aware of the thoughts they have which lead to different kinds of distress, and to correct inaccurate or incomplete thoughts, resulting in improved mood and functioning.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT seeks to help individuals stop avoiding and struggling with unwanted thoughts, feelings, and memories, which promotes improved ability to pursue valued life goals.

Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is an approach developed to treat trauma, which helps people reduce or eliminate distress by identifying and focusing on traumatic memories while experiencing repeated left-right eye movements or other sensory stimulation.

Therapy Concerns

Mood Disorders

Major Depressive Disorder. Everyone has times of sadness, but if you experience an episode of deep sadness for over two weeks, you may be experiencing depression. Other symptoms include loss of interest in usual activities, insomnia or excessive sleep, fatigue or restlessness, changes in appetite, poor concentration, and excessive guilt or feelings of worthlessness.

Bipolar Disorder. People with Bipolar Disorder usually experience periods of depression, but also have periods when they may experience symptoms of "mania," such as high energy, decreased need for sleep, increased talkativeness, racing thoughts, and distractibility. They may act impulsively in ways that can cause problems (spending, gambling, recklessness). Some people experience a milder version of mania called "hypomania."

Anxiety Disorders

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Highly upsetting events may lead to ongoing distress, including intrusive memories, nightmares, feeling triggered by cues recalling the trauma, avoidance of thoughts/feelings/cues, feeling "on guard," difficulty sleeping, and angry outbursts.

Panic Disorder. Panic attacks are acute episodes of intense anxiety and physiological arousal, often associated with avoidance of feared situations.

Phobias. Phobias are intense, unreasonable fears of certain objects or situations.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD involves excessive anxiety and worry about a number of events or activities, occurring most days for at least six months.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD involves "obsessions," recurrent, intrusive, anxiety-provoking thoughts, and "compulsions," repetitive behaviors such as checking, counting, washing, or ordering, which are done in response to an obsession or in a rigid way.

Other Concerns

Assertiveness. The ability to say "no," express wants and needs, and effectively set limits with others.

Anger Management. Improve relaxation skills, Identify anger distortions, and develop more effective responses to provocative situations.

Grief and Loss. Processing loss, identifying obstacles to the grieving process, finding ways to honor memories.

Stress Management. Identification of stressors, building coping skills, enhancing resources.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Parents of LGBT Children. Crisis support, community resources, positive parenting.

Sexual Orientation. Questioning, internalized homophobia, dealing with discrimination.

Gender Identity. Exploration, transition questions, support.