Each of us has unique needs in our journey. Clifton Therapy Associates offers many different therapeutic modalities that are individualized to facilitate the most optimal experience and growth for each individual. Showcased here are some of the specific techniques that we incorporate into your pathway to therapy success.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful, evidence-based therapy model shown to ease distress associated with grief & loss, mood & anxiety issues, fears & phobias, relationship problems and simple or complex trauma experiences. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. It has been extensively researched and proven highly effective to improve client functioning and all over well-being. To date, EMDR has helped more than two million people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. For more information about EMDR, visit www.emdria.org.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of skills-based behavioral therapy that improves tolerance of painful emotions and decreases conflict in relationships. DBT helps clients identify and change negative thinking patterns into positive behavioral change. It may be used to treat a variety of issues including self-injury, suicidality and other self-destructive behaviors. This model teaches clients important life skills to cope better, and ultimately change, unhealthy behaviors. The word ‘dialectical’ comes from the idea that bringing together two opposites—acceptance and change—brings better results than either one alone. DBT is a research-based model shown to treat chronic behavioral challenges with long-lasting positive outcomes in both individual and group therapy settings.
Family Therapy is a dynamic, directive service that aims to improve conflict resolution, interaction patterns and healthy roles within a family system. When one person in the family is facing challenge, it can be felt across the entire family unit. If your family is experiencing an unexpected hardship, significant life-stage stressors or the loss or health crises of a family member, our family therapy services can be of support and guidance for you and your loved ones during or after these times of transition. Family therapy is often didactic and goal-oriented in nature, to provide the most long-lasting results. Sessions teach families the skills they need to communicate and support one another through the toughest times. Family therapy facilitates the difficult conversations of life in a positive, empathic and safe environment.
Couples Therapy, or Marriage Counseling, is a service that focuses specifically on couples and relationships. Marriage counselors, known as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs), are specifically trained to help couples understand the strengths and complexities of their attachment to one another, learn to be present with each partner's experience and create a space for empathy, hard work and resolution. Research shows that couples who seek guidance early on experience greater outcomes. So don’t wait for relationship problems to feel unmanageable to seek help. If you want to experience improved communication, deeper understanding & intimacy and authentic connection in your relationship, couples therapy can help.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol & drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders and severe mental illness. Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life. In many studies, CBT has been demonstrated to be as effective as, or more effective than, other forms of psychological therapy or psychiatric medications.
We are excited to announce offerings in Ketamine Assisted Therapy (KAP) for qualifying clients, provided in conjunction with Dr. Ladan Eshkevari of Avesta Ketamine Wellness. KAP is in the forefront of the recent psychedelic-assisted therapy research, found to be transformational for many experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, addictive & self-destructive behaviors and suicidality.
Dr. Eshkevari founded Avesta six years ago. She is a retired professor emeritus at Georgetown University, teaching nursing & medical students for 25 years. She continues to conduct research with graduate students. At three locations (McLean, Bethesda & DC), she and her staff provide an excellent setting for KAP: safety, confidentiality & experience. For more information, please contact Avesta Ketamine Clinic directly.