Evidence-Based Practices

The goal of EBP is the integration of:

(a) Clinical expertise/expert opinion

(b) External scientific evidence

(c) Client/patient/caregiver perspectives to provide high-quality services reflecting the interests, values, needs, and choices of the individuals we serve.

Individual Therapy

In general, the goal of psychotherapy is to talk through mental health issues related to substance use and to help clients grow & move to more productive and successful lives. Therapy is client driven. Specific goals for therapy are determined by the client and their therapist. Research has shown that psychotherapy, in conjunction with medication management and support groups, result in fewer relapses and that the positive effects of good therapy extend well beyond treatment. A great deal of evidence-based practices are utilized by our staff for individual therapy.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is offered to help address a variety of issues with substance use and mental health to assist clients in reaching their goals. Group therapy is a shared therapeutic experience that involves the presence of a trained professional and others who are working through similar issues. Group therapy offerings are usually divided into two types – psychoeducational and process oriented. Psychoeducational groups provide more information about specific topics and are designed to provide additional resources and information. These groups are designed to enhance one’s knowledge about the topic. Process groups are designed to expand client’s focus on the experience of being in a group, to experience the process of expressing thoughts, feelings and experiences as an opportunity for healing.

Overall, groups are designed to encourage connection, communication, insight, trust and personal growth.

Please check out www.GoodTherapy.org for more information on group therapy.

Family Therapy

Addiction is a family disease. Successful treatment includes working closely with the family and the support system of the individual in treatment. Family therapy is provided to encourage loved ones an understanding of addiction and what their family member is going through. This therapy focuses on how the disease has affected the loved one and the family. The family that gets well together heals together.


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.  Substantial bodies of information can be found regarding the Evidence-Based Practices of EMDR.


Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel.


Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a specific type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Marsha M. Linehan to help better treat borderline personality disorder. Since its development, it has also been used for the treatment of other kinds of mental health disorders.

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