- Mood Disorders (depression, bipolar disorder)
- Anxiety Disorders (including OCD, panic, general and social anxiety)
- Eating Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Psychotic Disorders
- Cognitive and Attentional Disorders including ADHD.
How we help
We take a highly individualized approach and go way beyond symptoms.
Here is a partial list of therapies therapists at Psych Garden are trained in. We are all dedicated to ongoing learning and so have weekly educational rounds, supervision and external expert trainers.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
We cannot change the past, but we can change our approach and response to triggers of distress and cravings, learn to skip trouble before it strikes and manage reactions when it does. CBT is a bedrock of many therapies.
Relational / Psychodynamic
By learning to reflect on our own and other’s feeling states we gain insight and empathy, reduce impulsivity, and heal issues that have prevented us from feeling connected, trusting and loved. Psychodynamic thinking permits us to consider your developmental history, help your form a narrative of your life, and understand how you learned to cope with feelings.
It’s a big word but we watch it happen all the time through many of our approaches which draw on both of the proceeding therapy models. We are trained in Experiential Dynamic Therapies including AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), ISTDP (Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy), and IFS (Internal Family Systems), powerful contemporary approaches that aim for a corrective emotional experience that can change our attachment styles and narratives.
Integrated Dual Disorder Therapy
IDDT emphasizes that individuals achieve big changes like sobriety, symptom management, and an increase in independent living through a series of small, overlapping, incremental changes that occur over time. Therefore, IDDT takes a stages-of-change approach to treatment, which is individualized to address the unique circumstances of each person’s life. Mark wrote an article on this – Making A Great Dual Disorders Program.
Learn to stay calm, improve your focus, change your perspective, and develop self-compassion. We use these in many of our sessions and therapies and also in specific training groups.
Four core modules teach and develop skills in interpersonal effectiveness, mindfulness, distress tolerance and emotional regulation.
A profoundly effective and under-utilized treatment, mainly for addiction, that uses positive reinforcement instead of punishment. Punishment is pretty ineffective as people may be neurologically insensitive to it, it can trigger resentment and rebellion, and closes down reflective thinking. Instead, our treatments are focused on attaining rewards, quickly and in response for movement towards improvement and self care.
Sometimes some support and structured guidance is needed to get people on track, teach skills and maintain safety; later people can sustain their recovery, removing the scaffolding. We meet at or out of the office to help you follow through successfully with goals.
The work may involve coaching on sleep habits, exercising, meditation, light box use, study skills, relaxation, budgeting and more.
Family and couples work
It’s sometimes needed to improve connection, provide education and decrease stressors. We use EFT and CRA-FT. See more on our page.
As effective treatments, these can outperform medications.
- Sleep – hygiene, phase shifting, melatonin
- Light administration for seasonal depression, bipolar depression.
- Nutritional guidance
- Supplements including vitamins, probiotics, etc.