In addition to CBT, Drs. Gordon and Kagan are also trained in other evidence-based psychotherapies. They often integrate these approaches with CBT in order to provide the most comprehensive and effective treatment to each individual. This allows them to select techniques that fit each individual client's presenting problem and personal preferences.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is an empirically supported therapy that aims to increase psychological flexibility through a combination of both acceptance and change strategies. It emphasizes acceptance of thoughts and feelings that may have been avoided and encourages people to take action towards behaviors that are in line with their values. To learn more about ACT, visit the Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Training (DBT)
DBT is an empirically supported therapy that teaches specific skills for regulating difficult emotions. It emphasizes becoming more aware of negative emotions and providing skills necessary to not only regulate them, but also tolerate them. It also teaches skills for improving effectiveness in relationships. Please note that Drs. Kagan and Gordon provide DBT-informed psychotherapy, which means that they integrate DBT skills into their practice, but do not provide DBT individual or group therapy. To learn more about DBT, visit DBT Self Help.
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
MI is a directive, client-centered approach to treatment that aims to help individuals change a problematic behavior (typically substance use) by navigating and resolving ambivalence about making a change. In doing this, we will explore both costs and benefits of making a change or not, and help set realistic goals for making changes that are in line with your goals. To learn more about MI, please visit MINT.
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully aware and present in the here-and-now. Mindfulness skills can be useful across a range of issues to help increase awareness, tolerance, and acceptance of the present moment. Mindfulness practice may be integrated both in session and/or out of session as part of therapy. To learn more about mindfulness, please visit Mindful.