Therapeutic Approach

At Brady Counseling, the therapist meets with the patient, performs a clinical evaluation and determines the best treatment approach.  The most effective form of psychotherapy is a combination of a strong therapeutic bond between the therapist and patient along with a validated treatment approach to teach the patient the skills they need to move forward in life.  The therapist may recommend individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy and/or couples therapy.  The following treatment modalities can be used along with other treatment approaches depending on the patient’s needs.

Description of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

The way that we think effects the way that we experience the world.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a treatment modality that examines the relationship between our thoughts, feelings and behaviors to assist patients with making positive changes in their lives.  Many individuals have negative thoughts that trigger uncomfortable emotions/feelings which can lead to unwanted behaviors or actions.  CBT skills teach patients how to challenge these thoughts in order to transform their feelings and change behaviors.  This form of psychotherapy allows the patient to not only form a close alliance with the therapist but to learn coping skills and methods that will change his or her life.

CBT is effective in treating patients of all ages with various mental illnesses.  This treatment approach is commonly used to treat mood disorders, substance abuse disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders and most of all anxiety disorders.  Research shows that patients experience decreased symptoms and increased well-being after learning CBT coping strategies.  Automatic Negative Thoughts can be self-destructive if not challenged and eliminated. 

Description of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach that emphasizes the development of four skill sets: interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and mindfulness. DBT was developed initially to treat suicidality in adults with personality disorders; however, it now is being used effectively in adolescents/adults with similar self-harming behaviors.  It is also being used to treat co-occurring psychiatric illnesses such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse disorders.  DBT teaches an array of skills including setting boundaries, regulating feelings, understanding emotions and body language, assertiveness, relaxation and healthy/unhealthy relationships.  DBT is an empirically supported technique, meaning that it has been clinically tested for its effectiveness in adolescents and adults.  DBT allows the patient to connect with their therapist and develop a toolkit that they will carry with them for life.

Description of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a form of relaxation and meditation that allows the patient to learn how to calm the mind and body.  This coping strategy is a highly effective method of redirecting unwanted thoughts by focusing attention on one specific thing, preferably a calming person, place or thing.  By focusing on this peaceful object, it cultivates balance and stability in our mind and body.  This practice incorporates all 5 senses and teaches the patient how to live in the moment and experience each day to the fullest.  Mindfulness skills help patients to learn to relax, be non-judgmental, live in the here and now, self-soothe, practice acceptance and be inspired to make positive life changes.  This is a useful tool in treating anxiety disorders, mood disorders, PTSD, 

Clinical Supervision

Many therapists are in need of proper, professional supervision.  Here at Brady Counseling, Elizabeth has her certificate in supervisory excellence from the Office of Professional Development at University of Hartford.  Clinical supervision is another service that is offered here at this practice.  Whether it is supervision hours towards a clinical license or simply clinical expertise that is needed, please don't hesitate to call.