MCCULLOUGH FAMILY THERAPY

Therapy Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a therapeutic approach that blends acceptance and mindfulness techniques with commitment and behavior-change strategies. It focuses on helping people embrace their thoughts, feelings, and emotions rather than suppressing, avoiding, or controlling them. Rather than focusing on what is outside of your control, you’ll instead focus on what you can personally control.

ACT is beneficial for a variety of mental health conditions, including trauma, chronic pain, eating disorders, OCD, anxiety, depression, and stress. It’s also a fundamental tool to improve overall well-being.

With the help of therapy, you’ll gain confidence in your ability to handle thoughts and feelings without needing to control them.

Attachment-Based Therapy focuses on understanding how the bonds formed early in life impact emotional health and relationships in later life. It is commonly used for individuals who are experiencing challenges with their interpersonal relationships, have experienced trauma, or struggle with emotional disorders. It can also be used with parents or guardians wanting to strengthen or improve their relationship with their children.

By going back in time, you can gain a better understanding of your behavior patterns and subconscious attachment styles. You can then work towards redeveloping different patterns using techniques such as cognitive reframing, emotion-focused strategies, and mindfulness.

If you’re ready to form better or healthier interpersonal relationships, gain a better understanding of yourself, reduce anxiety, and increase your capacity to manage emotions, Attachment-Based Therapy may be for you. Click below to book an appointment or free consultation!

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that is focused on helping individuals identify and manage the underlying causes of their mental and emotional struggles. CBT is a highly effective treatment method used to reduce symptoms associated with a range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, eating disorders, and substance abuse. By examining the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, CBT can help individuals gain insight into how their thoughts create their feelings and behaviors, thereby empowering them to make lasting changes in their lives.

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is a powerful, evidence-based approach to counseling, focused on helping individuals recognize and process their emotions. By exploring underlying patterns of emotion, clients gain insight into their behavior and the connections between their thoughts, feelings, and actions. EFT is especially beneficial for those struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues. Through this therapy, clients can learn to express and manage their emotions in a healthy way, resulting in improved mental health and overall well-being.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of therapy intended to help people who have had traumatic experiences in their lifetime. During EMDR, a therapist will take you through guided eye movements and other forms of bilateral stimulation (e.g., tapping or tones) while you recall the traumatic event or negative thoughts you are seeking support for. Recalling the events or emotions this way can help reduce the distress associated with them. It is used for a variety of mental health concerns, including PTSD, other traumas, anxiety, and depression. The goals of EMDR include reducing the intensity of symptoms, improving emotional regulation, and increasing self-esteem.

Some of our therapists are trained in the Gottman Method. This method is used in couples therapy with the focus being on building trust, enhancing intimacy, and developing better communication. With the help of a therapist, you will work together to identify and address patterns of negative communication and behaviors contributing to challenges in the relationship. The specific experience will vary depending on the therapist and your needs; however, it may include role-playing and guided conversations. By going through these scenarios, you can start to improve your communication and conflict resolution skills. The Gottman Method is used for a variety of relationship challenges, including conflict related to sex and intimacy, parenting and family dynamics, and communication challenges.

With Humanistic Therapy, the focus is on what makes an individual unique, their creativity, and strengths. It is a powerful approach to gaining a deeper understanding of oneself and can lead to greater connection, meaning, improved self-esteem, and clarity in making life decisions. It is commonly used to address concerns such as anxiety, depression, stress, and relationship issues.

In Humanistic Therapy, the therapist provides an empathetic and non-judgmental environment to express oneself and explore feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. This can lead to improved self-awareness and personal growth.

If you’re ready to feel more in control of your life and improve your overall well-being, book an appointment!

Physical health plays a huge role in our mental health. By using integrative health coaching, we work to understand and create balance between the two. In supporting your own health, it is imperative to find lifestyle practices that align with your individual needs and goals. This is what will lead to sustainable habits and change in a way that works for YOU. With a therapist, you will work to understand your own emotional ties to your physical being in order to improve both physical and mental health.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy is based on the idea that the mind is made up of multiple sub-personalities or “parts”. Each of these parts has its own viewpoints, emotions, and characteristics.

In IFS Therapy, the therapist will help the client identify and understand each of the parts that make them whole. By deepening the relationship with each part, there is an opportunity to gain insight into the patterns and beliefs causing distress.

IFS is used for a variety of concerns, including trauma, depression, anxiety, and interpersonal relationships. It can also be used for personal growth, self-understanding, and self-development.

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Mindfulness-Based Therapy is a therapeutic approach that integrates mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). It aims to help individuals cultivate awareness and acceptance of their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. The goal of Mindfulness-Based Therapy is to reduce the distress caused by thoughts, emotions, and experiences to improve overall well-being. The exact approach will depend on your needs and your therapist.

However, you will be encouraged to engage in meditation and/or mindfulness practices. This may include breathing exercises, mindful movement, and body scans. As part of Mindfulness-Based Therapy, you may be asked to work towards identifying and challenging negative thought patterns so you can develop positive coping skills. This modality is used for a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, stress, depression, and chronic pain. By creating an increased sense of connection to the self and others, you can experience a greater sense of purpose in life.

With Narrative Therapy, you will focus on the stories you create about yourself, your experiences, and others. To create change, you will work towards rewriting these stories to be more empowering and positive. This can ultimately impact your overall quality of life and the strength of the relationships you have with others.

With a therapist, you will explore your life experiences to uncover how they have shaped both your beliefs and identity. Narrative Therapy is often used for anxiety, depression, and trauma, but it may also be used for a variety of other mental health concerns. As a result of Narrative Therapy, you may feel a greater sense of control over your life and have a new perspective on past experiences.

PCIT is a behavioral treatment for kids ages 2-6 years old. It can also be adapted to older or younger children. It is used to treat: Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Child Maltreatment and Abuse, Child Trauma, Anxiety Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The PCIT therapist teaches parents how to interact with their child in a way that ends the fights, constant battles, yelling, and power struggles. Through active coaching during play with the parent and child, the therapist helps you learn the skills to manage and reduce unwanted behaviors. This is a 15-20 week program that dramatically changes the family dynamics.

Play Therapy is most often used with children and involves using play as a way for children to communicate and express themselves. Kids naturally use play to explore their environment and emotions. Thus, it is a great way to help children express their feelings and work through psychological issues.

As part of play therapy, the therapist may use a variety of materials and techniques that are engaging for children (e.g., puppets, dolls, art materials, or sand play). It is used in both individual and family therapy sessions for various mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and behavioral difficulties.

Prepare Enrich is a premarital therapy program. Each couple starts with an assessment that creates a plan for the topics and skills that they will work through over the next several weeks to make sure that their marriage is off to a good start. The therapist helps you discuss issues like communication, conflict, finances, roles and responsibilities, and several others. You will process what it was like for you growing up in your family of origin and what you want to bring into your current relationship. Couples feel more secure and confident in their relationship, having talked through many of the issues to make sure that they are on the same page with expectations for their marriage.

PACT is a model of couples therapy that integrates attachment theory, developmental neuroscience, and arousal regulation to help couples tune into each other and co-regulate each other. PACT therapists focus on moment to moment shifts in the body language of each partner to help them notice what is happening before they even have to use words to describe their feelings or experiences. Couples work through their issues in real time to create new experiences and healing in their relationship.

For individuals and relationships, sex therapy deals with all aspects of sex-related questions and exploration. This includes improving sexual function and treating sexual dysfunction. Our approach to sex therapy is sex positive, LGBTQ+ and kink-affirming.

Somatic Therapy is a holistic therapeutic approach that focuses on the mind-body connection. It involves both psychotherapy and physical therapy. This may include breathing techniques, dancing, or other types of movement.

It is commonly used for trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief, and when individuals feel disconnected from their bodies. Somatic Therapy can lead to a reduction in tension and physical discomfort, an increased connection to the body, an improved ability to handle stress, and an overall more balanced emotional state.

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