Our counseling services provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to individuals, couples, and families. The treatment process typically consists of the following four stages.
Stage 1 – Assessment
Assessment is the first and most important stage to effective treatment. The purpose of the assessment stage is to establish a good working relationship with the client and to understand the nature of the client’s difficulties. The assessment stage consists of multiple symptom questionnaires and a clinical interview conducted over the course of several sessions (5-8).
With children, the key to accurate and thorough assessment is the cross-referencing of information. The parent or guardian is encouraged to sign a release enabling contact with the school and others responsible for the child’s care. Information from the parents and other sources is then cross-referenced in determining the most appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Stage 2 – Treatment Planning
Once the assessment is complete, the client’s information is analyzed and an individualized treatment plan is developed. While at SFC we specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, we do not have a one size fits all approach to treatment. Instead, we match our treatment plan to the client’s symptoms, age, personality, and level of motivation.
This individualized approach is based on the American Psychiatric Associations Best Practices Guidelines which advocates the use of researched-based therapies. For example, anxiety disorders are treated with individual CBT, while ADHD is treated with a combination of academic coaching and family therapy. The condition is matched to the therapy that is proven most effective in its treatment.
In addition to raising the effectiveness of treatment, our individualized approach also helps the client feel more deeply understood and valued. These feelings enhance the trust and collaboration between the client and therapist, and make for a more worthwhile treatment experience.
Once a treatment plan has been determined, the client is informed of all assessment findings.
Stage 3 – Treatment
Treatment begins when the client and clinician agree upon a treatment plan. Treatment may last anywhere from 5-50 or more sessions depending on the client’s diagnosis and treatment goals. The first several sessions focus on the reduction of distressing symptoms. In many cases, individuals respond quickly and treatment is completed in a relatively short period of time (5-15 sessions).
If the client’s goal is to change long-standing patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors, then treatment is extended beyond the symptom reduction stage. When this occurs, goals are updated, treatment is continued, and progress is monitored on a weekly basis.
Stage 4 – Therapeutic Termination & Booster Sessions
Therapeutic termination occurs when all treatment goals have been met. Most clients schedule follow-up booster sessions 1-3 times during the first year following treatment. Booster sessions are intended to review and reinforce the skills developed during treatment.
If for some reason treatment proves to be ineffective, the situation is discussed and alternative options are considered. When appropriate, the treating clinician will refer and assist the client in transitioning to another therapist or treatment modality.
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