Therapies Used - Wholeview



Therapies Used

Wholeview Wellness® specializes in the outpatient treatment of people struggling with alcohol and substance use and related disorders. We offer expert treatment in a compassionate manner and we tailor treatment to the needs and goals of each individual patient. Below are some of the therapies we use to help our patients achieve their goals. We have carefully chosen these treatments for their proven efficacy because we want to give our patients the best chance at success.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Cognitive behavioral therapy is a psychological treatment that is helpful in treating a range of problems including alcohol and drug use disorders, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Research has demonstrated that CBT reliably results in improvement in both functioning and quality of life. When using this technique, the therapist helps the patient examine their thought processes and together they identify distortions in thinking that are causing problems.


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a therapy that focuses on the natural ambivalence that people have about making changes in their behaviors and in their lives. Through this approach, the therapist guides the patient to discover new motivation and the determination to begin the process of change. Patients will also learn how to plan for the process of change and to plan for the inevitable obstacles that may occur along the way.


The community-reinforcement approach aims to move people towards recovery by eliminating positive reinforcement for drinking and drug use and enhancing positive reinforcement for non-drinking and drug using behaviors and activities. This approach integrates several treatment components, including building motivation to quit, analyzing drinking patterns, increasing pleasurable activities, learning new coping behaviors, and involving significant others in the recovery process.


CRAFT is a treatment approach designed specifically for people who are concerned about a loved one who is drinking or using drugs. Developed by Dr. Robert Meyers at the University of New Mexico, this positive treatment approach can be delivered individually or in groups and leads to reduced conflict in the family and a healthier and more sustainable life for the people who are caring for someone that is struggling with alcohol or drug use.


Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) integrates core aspects of relapse prevention with practices that teach stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapy. During this treatment, patients learn to recognize early warning signs for relapse, increase awareness of internal and external cues associated with alcohol and substance use, and develop effective coping skills. Additionally, mindfulness practices raise awareness of triggers, assist in monitoring internal reactions, and foster more skillful behavioral choices.


Mentalization is the way that we understand other people’s emotions, thoughts, desires, beliefs, and intentions. Mentalization Based Therapy is a therapeutic approach which aims to increase individuals’ ability to mentalize using a manual based psychodynamic therapy. This evidence-based approach developed at the Anna Freud Institute in London, is designed to assist people in four main goals: to achieve better behavioral control, to increase affect regulation, to develop more intimate and gratifying relationships and to have the ability to pursue life goals.


Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a form of psychotherapy that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies along with commitment and behavior-change strategies to increase psychological flexibility. ACT differs from some other kinds of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in that rather than trying to teach people to better control their thoughts, feelings, sensations, memories, and desires, ACT teaches them to “just notice,” accept, and embrace their thoughts and feelings, especially previously unwanted ones.


Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral therapy that it is effective in treating a wide range of disorders including substance use disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.


CPT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that teaches patients how to modify and challenge unhelpful beliefs related to trauma that they have experienced. At Wholeview it is delivered using a combination of 12 group sessions with 4 individual sessions interspersed throughout the groups. Together, we help you to create a new understanding and conceptualization of the traumatic event to reduce the ongoing negative effects it has on your current life. All patients will have out-of-session practice assignments that are important to the success of the treatment.


Emotionally Focused Therapy EFT or Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy EFCT is a short term (8 to 20 sessions) structured approach, originally developed for couples therapy and is based on attachment science. Interventions in EFT integrate a humanistic, experiential approach to restructuring emotional experience and a systemic structural approach to restructuring interactions. The overall goal of this treatment is to develop secure attachments and to strengthen emotional bonds. This evidence based therapy has significant research showing lasting effects of this intervention particularly for couples coping with addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, medical illness and forgiveness dilemmas.


EMDR is an evidence-based method of psychotherapy that helps people recover from the effects of psychological trauma through adaptive information processing. EMDR therapy is an eight-phase trauma treatment that comprehensively identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brain’s natural resilience or coping capacity, thereby generating traumatic symptoms and harmful coping strategies. Through EMDR therapy, patients are able to reprocess traumatic information until it is no longer psychologically disruptive.


Supportive Expressive Therapy (SET) Supportive-Expressive Psychotherapy is a time-limited, focused psychodynamic psychotherapy that was developed for the treatment of substance use disorders. This evidence-based treatment has two main components which include techniques that support the patient in discussing their personal experiences and expressive techniques to help patients identify and work through interpersonal relationship issues. The therapist works with the patient to examine how alcohol and drugs use are used in relation to emotions and behaviors and teaches methods of problem solving that avoid the use of alcohol and drugs.


Accelerated resolution therapy, or ART, combines principles from several forms of psychotherapy which together aim to reduce the lasting effect of trauma. Using techniques such as rapid eye movement and image rescripting, this approach works to recondition stressful memories, changing how they are stored in the brain to improve overall mental health.


Many medical practitioners treat pain exclusively as a medical problem. But at Wholeview Wellness®, we think of pain as a biopsychosocial condition and we pay careful attention to the psychological and social aspects of pain in the context of the medical disorder. Psychological treatment can provide people with tools to better control their experience of pain. Our treatment also focuses on helping people learn ways to manage all aspects of self-care so that they are best able to utilize pain management techniques.


Our individual and group therapists utilize techniques developed by Dr. Beth Darnall, a psychologist and researcher at Stanford University who has designed psychological treatments specifically for people with chronic pain.

She has conducted research to prove the effectiveness of these techniques which include diaphragmatic breathing, meditation, and progressive relaxation. These and other strategies assist patients in reducing their stress levels, muscular tension and emotional distress, all with the goal of reducing pain. Our therapists assist patients in learning and practicing multiple techniques to reduce anxiety and pain throughout the day and at the end of day when falling asleep.
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