Amen Clinics offers several approaches to psychotherapy that help individuals work through their problems.
Family plays an important role in our emotional, physical and spiritual development, since each individual in a family impacts (and is impacted by) the other family members. Family therapy not only benefits the overall family relationship, but also can help individuals in the family address specific issues and improve their relational skills. These positive changes benefit the individuals outside the family as well.
Joining a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, but group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not. Unlike individual therapy sessions, group therapy offers the opportunity to interact with others who have similar issues in a safe and supportive environment. Group members are almost always surprised by how rewarding the experience can be.
Groups can act as a support network and sounding board, and can help you put your own problems in perspective. By witnessing how other people tackle problems and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.
Individual psychotherapy (also called counseling or talk therapy) is an extensively researched and effective approach that has been used to treat emotional, behavioral and social problems in people with a variety of concerns. It involves an interactive process of self-discovery between you and a qualified mental health professional in a safe, caring and confidential environment.
Psychotherapy is most successful when you have a strong desire to change, including altering the aspects of your life that no longer serve you or are contributing to your difficulties. It also helps to keep an open mind and be willing to try out new approaches, techniques or new ways of thinking.
MARITAL & COUPLES THERAPY
No one ever said marriage or being in a relationship was easy! Children, illness, financial problems and stress can all take their toll. What is often forgotten is that brain function determines the behavior of each partner. Your brain is the organ of character, personality and every single decision that you make. If the brain isn’t working properly, even the strongest of relationships can degrade over time.
At Amen Clinics, we don’t just look at the “she said/ he said” aspects. Using SPECT imaging as part of the Amen Clinics Method, we look directly at the brain, which helps us determine what is really going on. In doing so, we can help you develop greater understanding and empathy for your partner. In the absence of a scan, we use Brain System Checklists which also provide valuable data about each person.
Hypnotherapy is a widely accepted tool in psychology. It is a trance-like state characterized by relaxation and heightened imagination, which helps you become more open to suggestions, such as ways to change your behavior.
Hypnotherapy can be used for a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, depression, weight loss, addiction, pain and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based, action-oriented psychological treatment that focuses on the way people think (cognitive) and act (behavioral). Every time you have a thought, your brain releases powerful chemicals that change the way you feel and behave. Positive thoughts help you feel happy, motivated and relaxed, while negative thoughts make you feel anxious, depressed, hungry and/or angry.
The problem is that most people tend to believe that all of their thoughts, including the negative ones, must be true—never taking the time to evaluate and question them. Left unchecked, automatic negative thoughts (ANTs) can ruin your life.
CBT focuses on correcting negative thinking patterns and developing accurate, more positive thinking skills, which in turn changes your behavior and can help boost your mood, motivation and determination. Research shows that these techniques can be as effective as anti-depressant medication for anxiety and depression.
EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITIZATION AND REPROCESSING (EMDR)
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an extensively researched therapy technique, which has been very successful in bringing quick and lasting relief for a variety of symptoms and issues. Repeated studies show that EMDR has been effective in treating people who have:
- Panic attacks
- Mood swings
- Performance anxiety
- Traumatic or disturbing memories
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- EMDR is similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically-based therapy that helps you see things in new and less distressing ways.
EMDR therapy uses a structured eight-phase approach that includes:
Phase 1: History-taking
Phase 2: Preparing the client
Phase 3: Assessing the target memory
Phases 4-7: Processing the memory to adaptive resolution
Phase 8: Evaluating treatment results