Activity Therapy a beneficial recovery tool in both physical and mental health

Activity Therapy

Activity Therapy is a nebulous term that can mean a great many things depending on the context in which it’s applied, but virtually every application sees its benefits. In fact, as health care has evolved into an approach that encompasses more than just physical healing, Activity Therapy is finding its way into any number of…

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Trauma unwound: EMDR therapy uses eye movement to process pain

EMDR therapy

Recovering from trauma is never a walk in the park, but one of the most powerful tools to help patients do so, EMDR therapy, sure started out that way. EMDR — Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing — is the brainchild of psychologist Francine Shapiro, who began her career as an English teacher before being diagnosed…

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Schema therapy: Helping misplaced mental ‘index cards’ find a new home

Schema therapy

It’s not a word that’s used in casual parlance, nor does it roll easy off the tongue, but Schema therapy has a valuable place alongside other modalities of psychological treatment for a number of behavioral disorders. Pronounced “SKEE-muh,” it’s a form of psychotherapy pioneered by Dr. Jeffrey Young in the 1980s, but its roots date…

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): A middle path through extremes

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Patients who make the best candidates for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) are often trapped in the yin-yang pull of binary thinking. Their brains slingshot back and forth between two areas of thought: The idea that stressful emotions surrounding negative events is a way of life that must be accepted, and the overwhelming desire to change…

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