At the Gold Center, we believe in a multifaceted approach to psychotherapy. All of our psychiatrists and clinicians are trained in psychodynamic principles as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, supportive therapy and more strictly behavioral approaches. Our therapists have experience working with children, adults, couples, and families. Generally, psychotherapy is once to twice per week. With children and adolescents, it is always time limited and we try to identify one or two primary measurable goals. However, often goals and direction shifts as treatment progresses. We believe strongly that parents must be involved in their child’s treatment. In some cases, we meet together with child and parent and in other circumstances we will meet with parents alone. With adolescents, we are very clear about how and when parents will be involved in order to ensure confidentiality and cultivate independence.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on how one’s thoughts, emotions and behavior impact each other. In CBT, patients learn techniques to recognize how negative patterns impact mood and happiness. CBT is a time-limited, research-based treatment effective for a wide variety of problems including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addictions, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessional thinking, social and performance anxiety. CBT usually lasts for 12-20 sessions. Between weekly individual sessions, patients practice skills learned in session through homework exercises. Our clinicians can also incorporate CBT skills into a broader treatment plan.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a specialized cognitive therapy approach designed for individuals who are prone to experience intense emotions which lead to actions such as self-injury, anger outbursts and volatile relationships. It is considered first line treatment for adults diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. DBT has been adapted for adolescents struggling with emotional dysregulation who engage in self sabatoge and who have low frustration tolerance. DBT treatment is composed of individual and group sessions along with booster phone calls as needed. We encourage adolescents and young adults to attend one group session and one individual session per week. In our adolescent program, weekly parent sessions are also recommended.