Evidence-based therapy

How Does Somatic Experiencing Therapy Work?

Somatic Experiencing (SE) therapy was designed by Dr. Peter Levine to assist with healing from various forms of trauma, nervous system dysregulation, and other disruptions within the mind-body connection. SE is considered a bottom-up form of therapy meaning that SE helps people heal from the body, nervous system, and then up the brain direction versus …

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Panic

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective in reducing the frequency and intensity of panic attacks. This blog post will explore how CBT therapy works and how it can alleviate panic attack symptoms. How Does CBT Therapy Work? CBT therapy was developed by the late Aaron Beck in the 1960s. Click here …

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What Makes Individual Therapy Effective?

Individual therapy may include many different types of therapeutic modalities as well as target many different forms of mental health symptoms and challenges. But what makes individual therapy effective? Is it the therapist, the client, the form of therapy, or all of the above? Different Components of Therapy Every therapist has similarities as well as …

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Life with Bipolar Disorder

Trying to live life with bipolar disorder can feel like a roller coaster. The unpredictable changes in mood, not knowing if today motivation will be your ally or an adversary. Trying to constantly predict what and when a symptom will appear is exhausting in it of itself. What is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar disorder is classified …

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What Makes for an Effective Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist Near Cherry Creek?

This is a great question. In this blog post, we’ll cover a variety of factors that can influence how and what interventions an EMDR therapist uses while in session. There are many large variables that impact how a therapist approaches clinical work. These may include: Prior life experiences that have created empathy and compassion Where …

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Can Therapy Improve Self-Esteem?

There are many situations and experiences throughout life that tear down self-esteem. But the question is, can therapy improve self-esteem? What Factors Damage Self-Esteem? People first develop a sense of self and their own self-esteem during early childhood. Stressors and negative experiences during this time through the age of 10-11 can include: Invalidating parents – …

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What Are EMDR Ego States and Their Functions?

In short, ego states form from experiences of heightened emotional states. These experiences can be both positive of negative in perception or reality. When people think or talk of ego states, we are not talking about Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) where there are structural changes to a person’s identity. However, what we are referring to …

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Mental Health Therapies

All mental health therapy modalities are not equal. Finding the best therapy modality and best therapist to delivery these interventions is paramount. Some people can find benefit from traditional ‘talk therapy’ formats. Other people, depending on many variables, may benefit from other forms of therapy such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Somatic Experiencing, …

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Trauma in The Military

There are six different branches of the military, each with their own specific skill set and role. For additional reading on the breakdown of roles and the structure or personnel click here. These branches are independent of one another yet can work very closely when risks to our nation arise. Despite the different branches of …

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Why do people self-harm?

This is a great question, and self-harm is one of the mostly highly stigmatized aspects of mental illness. Per the American Psychological Association, about 5% adults self-harm with rates spiking in early adulthood. That’s about 16.5 million adults in the U.S. today. This still does not answer the question of as why do people self-harm? …

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