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Treatments Offered

Our evidence-based treatments are designed to help you take action towards improving your mental health. We believe in a skills-based approach that empowers you with the tools and strategies you need to overcome your challenges and build resilience. At SDTG, we're committed to providing you with the highest quality care and support on your journey to wellness. Please take a look at some of the treatments we offer.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT focuses on developing awareness of how your thoughts are related to your feelings, which effect how you behave or act.  This can help to reduce negative thoughts such as "I can't," or "No one likes me." It can also help decrease feelings of worry or anger which are roadblocks to achieving goals.  Behaviors that are detrimental to your success are also targeted and replaced with more adaptive ones. We will work collaboratively to replace these negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with positive coping skills which will help pave the way to personal success.


Social Communication

Social learning fosters interpersonal skills, social-emotional awareness, and communication skills. These strengthen relationship skills such as perspective-taking, emotional awareness, self-regulation, problem-solving, and communication. Through bibliotherapy, structured activities, and role-playing, we help our clients to develop the skills to become flexible social thinkers and social problem solvers using skills such as:

  • Using a flexible brain

  • Managing big feelings

  • Social observation skills

  • Organizational and planning skills

  • Self-control/inhibition

  • Behavioral expectations 

  • Conflict resolution


Behavior Support

Parents often come to therapy wanting to change their child's behavior.  What parents learn through our work together is that changing behavior is not mutually exclusive.  It involves the work of both the child and the parent.  We can help increase prosocial behaviors (e.g., communication, self-help skills, task completion), generalize behaviors across environments and reduce challenging behaviors.


Consistency and communication are crucial components in supporting behavior change. Parents are typically provided with specific practice that will contribute to not only their confidence in addressing challenging behaviors, but to their child's overall adaptive functioning. Parents will learn skills to become more mindful of their reactions to their child's behaviors and how those reactions impact their relationship with their child.   We will explore how to set empathic limits with your child to help improve your relationship with them.


Acceptance and Committment Therapy

ACT involves the use of a combination of acceptance and mindfulness strategies:

  • Acceptance: Acceptance strategies intend to help a person have a welcome, open attitude toward their emotions, external events, and thoughts. The goal of acceptance-based strategies is not to change a person’s emotions or attempt to control them but rather to accept them as they come.

  • Mindfulness: Mindfulness involves focusing on the present and observing thoughts and feelings without judgment. The goal of mindfulness is to feel fully present in the moment.


Narrative Therapy

The foundation of narrative therapy is the idea that people are separate from their problems. Instead of "I'm depressed," narrative therapy empowers people to reclaim their lives by externalizing problems and past traumas. It is based on the fundamental belief that people have the skill and ability to make positive changes in their lives, reach their full potential, and find purpose. Narrative therapists help you to re-author your story in a more favorable and healthier way, with problems being externalized – and therefore changeable – rather than being viewed as core parts of your story and personality.


Family Systems Therapy

Family systems therapy is a form of psychotherapy that helps individuals resolve their problems in the context of their family units, where many problems are likely to begin. Each family member works together with the others to better understand their group dynamic and how their individual actions affect each other and the family unit as a whole. One of the most important premises of family systems therapy is that what happens to one member of a family happens to everyone in the family.

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