Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) therapists teach clients the skills that they need to become more psychologically flexible. Psychological flexibility is the ability to effectively deal with your painful thoughts and feelings in the present moment and to actively move towards creating a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a type of Cognitive -Behavioral therapy that is used to help clients confront and move past the fears that are disrupting their lives. Specifically, the therapeutic technique called "exposure" therapy means to confront one's fears repeatedly until the fear subsides (a process which is referred to as habituation).
At Vantage Point Center For Psychotherapy, our team of licensed therapists have years of experience helping individuals and families navigate life's challenges. We specialize in a wide range of areas, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and relationship issues.
We offer a variety of evidence-based counseling services, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. We also offer specialized services for children and adolescents, as well as support for LGBTQ+ individuals and families.
Our approach to therapy is rooted in empathy, compassion, and non-judgment. We strive to create a safe and supportive environment where our clients feel comfortable exploring their thoughts and feelings, and where they can develop the skills and tools they need to thrive.
Our office is conveniently located in a quiet and peaceful location, providing a welcoming and comfortable space for our clients. We also offer virtual counseling services for those who are unable to come to our office in person.
Several of our therapists here at Vantage Point have specialized training in ACT and incorporate ACT into their comprehensive treatment plans.
What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)?
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy has emerged as a promising type of behavior therapy that is influenced by the eastern philosophy of Mindfulness and Relational Frame Theory. ACT theorists believe that most suffering is caused by psychological inflexibility. The general traits of psychological inflexibility are:
ACT has been shown to have a positive impact on a broad range of mental health problems. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is also considered to be an evidence-based practice by SAMHSA and as an empirically supported treatment by the American Psychological Association.
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ACT therapists teach clients the skills that they need to become more psychologically flexible. Psychological flexibility is the ability to effectively deal with your painful thoughts and feelings in the present moment and to actively move towards creating a more meaningful and fulfilling life. The main skills taught in ACT are:
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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on examining the interconnected relationship between our thoughts, feelings and behaviors and how this relationship impacts our everyday decisions and lives.
At the core of CBT is the theory that our thoughts ultimately impact our mood and behaviors.
A CBT therapist helps individuals discover negative thinking patterns (also known as Automatic Thoughts), learn to evaluate and challenge the validity of those thoughts, and to replace them with healthier alternatives.
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Exposure and Response Prevention is a type of Cognitive -Behavioral therapy that is used to help clients confront and move past the fears that are disrupting their lives. Specifically, the therapeutic technique called ""exposure"" means to confront one's fears repeatedly until the fear subsides (a process which is referred to as habituation). The term ""Response Prevention"" means to refrain from any avoidance behaviors or compulsions that a client might engage in when attempting to face their fear.
Go to the NAMI page for more information on ERP.
At Vantage Point, we understand that the idea of getting exposed to your fear without being able to engage in avoidance behaviors can be intimidating or terrifying for some clients. Therefore, we offer a gradual, supportive, and collaborative approach to Exposure and Response Prevention driven by the client's own willingness to approach each fear and the therapist's encouragement.
We work closely with our clients to develop comprehensive personal fear hierarchies that accurately pinpoint the client's fears and their associated level of anxiety. We have found a collaborative approach to be most effective as it often improves the client's overall experience and commitment to the recovery process.
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Your therapist will work with you to determine which exposure variation that will work best for you. Keep in mind that your exposures will be graduated, meaning that every step along the way from minor fears to major fears will become more manageable. The idea is to dip your toes in the water rather than jump off of the high dive at the pool. The following are examples of the variations of exposures that a client might experience in therapy in order to reduce a client's fear:
Over the last few decades, Exposure and Response Prevention has been proven to be the treatment of choice for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. ERP is also an evidenced-based treatment for PTSD and is shown to be effective for phobias and Anxiety Disorders.
Psychodynamic therapy focuses more in depth than some other therapies. In psychodynamic therapy, it is important to understand what has happened in the past and how it affects how we currently feel and relate to the world. For example, a client who almost never feels anger but often feels fear might spend time exploring her upbringing and why she is uncomfortable with anger.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy contains many other types of psychotherapy under its umbrella. Two types that are often utilized are object relations theory and self psychology. They do not have to be used independently and can all be used together.
Many of our therapists incorporate Psychodynamic Therapy in individual therapy sessions with clients. Click on the button below to visit Our Team page.
This theory looks at our relationships with others and how satisfying these relationships tend to be. Object relations focuses less on your instincts and more on what you want out of relationships, what you got out of relationships when you were a child and what you did not get out of your relationships when you were a child that you may have needed. It investigates how to have healthy relationships yourself and with others even if you did not have healthy relationships growing up.
Self psychology investigates the role of self-esteem. Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. When you feel badly about yourself it can make it difficult to make the kinds of changes you want in your life. It is often used with Object Relations Psychotherapy to help you develop a better sense of self-esteem along with a healthier relationship with yourself and others. Self Psychology looks at how much empathy you felt from early caregivers as a child and as a result how much empathy you are able to feel towards others now
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is an in-depth talk therapy that focuses on how you connect in your relationships and relate to the world around you. Our work would focus on patterns in your life and how you continue to notice these patterns repeat.
You will be encouraged to talk freely about anything that comes to your mind. You will also explore how your relationship with your therapist mirrors interactions you have in your life and examine the underpinnings of these dynamics.
Connections will be made to help you identify patterns and work towards changing those patterns so you can feel seen, understood, have your needs met, and be assertive and active in your relationships and in your life. Feeling more connected in your life and reduction of unhealthy patterns leads to an increase in mental health.
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