Counseling

While medication may be necessary for treatment of some issues, it is often used in combination with other therapies. At Certus, we use the words “counseling” and “therapy” interchangeably, so it’s really up to you what you want to call it. Whatever term you prefer, know that our therapists are here to help you achieve the right outcome.

Whether you’re facing depression, anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD brought on by physical or sexual abuse, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, or you and your partner are having difficulties, our therapists are experienced professionals in helping you achieve the right outcomes.

Note that we welcome patients as young as five years old and up.

Therapeutic options include:

  • Goal Setting – There’s a science to building new habits. Making changes is difficult at best. Making lasting changes takes time and commitment, and it all starts by setting goals that are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely. Don’t expect to change your behaviors in one day or even one week. It will take time, but it can happen…BELIEVE IN WE!
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) –   DBT was developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan in the 1980’s to address and treat Borderline Personality Disorder. It is a comprehensive, evidence-based treatment that uses a cognitive-behavioral approach that is also both supportive and collaborative. Research on its effectiveness in treating other conditions has been life-changing for those struggling with: depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain disorder, anxiety disorder, eating disorders and bipolar disorders. It involves the four modules of treatment, including:
    1) distress tolerance
    2) emotion regulation
    3) mindfulness
    4) interpersonal effectiveness
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT is a form of therapy that works to modify dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts by focusing on solutions where the patients to challenge distorted cognitions and change destructive behavior patterns.
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy TFCBT – TFCBT addresses the specific needs of children, adolescents, adult survivors, and families who are seeking to overcome the devastating effects of trauma.  Anyone who has experienced a single or repeated experience of physical, sexual or emotional abuse or who have developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, substance use, and anxiety can benefit from this type of therapy.
    • Acceptance of private experiences (i.e., willingness to experience odd or uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, or physical sensations in the service of response flexibility)
    • Cognitive defusion or emotional separation/distancing (i.e., observing one’s uncomfortable thoughts without automatically taking them literally or attaching any particular value to them)
    • Being present (i.e., being able to direct attention flexibly and voluntarily to present external and internal events rather than automatically focusing on the past or future)
    • A perspective-taking sense of self (i.e., being in touch with a sense of ongoing awareness)
    • Identification of values that are personally important
    • Commitment to action for achieving the personal values identified
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)ACT is a form of cognitive behavioral psychotherapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to increase your ability to engage in values-based, positive behaviors while experiencing difficult thoughts, emotions, or sensations. ACT has been shown to increase effective action; reduce dysfunctional thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and alleviate psychological distress for individuals with a broad range of mental health issues (including DSM-IV diagnoses, coping with chronic illness, and workplace stress). ACT establishes psychological flexibility by focusing on six core processes:
  • Relapse Prevention Therapy (RPT) – Originally designed as a maintenance program for use following addiction behavior treatment, RPT has resulted in positive outcomes as a stand-alone treatment program in addiction recovery. RPT is a behavioral self-control program designed to teach individuals who are trying to maintain changes in their behavior how to anticipate and cope with the potential for relapse, which is a breakdown or failure in a patient’s attempt to maintain change in any set of behaviors. Like other cognitive-behavioral therapies, RPT combines behavioral and cognitive interventions in an overall approach that emphasizes self-management and rejects labeling patients as “alcoholics” or “drug addicts.”
  • Solution-Focused Therapy also called Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) – This therapy places focus on discussing solutions, as opposed to dwelling on the challenges are. Of course, you must discuss the problem to find a solution, but beyond understanding what the problem is and deciding how to address it, SFBT does not dwell on every little detail of the problem you are experiencing.
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)  – MI is a goal-oriented, client-centered counseling style that works to explore and resolve ambivalence about getting better. Compared with non-directive counseling, MI is more focused and goal-directed. It departs from traditional Rogerian client-centered therapy through this use of direction, in which therapists attempt to influence clients to consider making changes, rather than non-directively explore themselves. The examination and resolution of ambivalence is a central purpose, and the counselor is intentionally directive in pursuing a set goal.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – EMDR is a type of therapy that enables patients to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of trauma. Studies show that EMDR can help patients experience the benefits of psychotherapy that can take years. It is often assumed that severe trauma requires a long time to overcome. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, our certified EMDR therapists help patients activate their natural healing processes.

To learn more about Certus’ Counseling Services, contact us to schedule an appointment.