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3 Brain and Body Based Therapies That Can Help Heal Preverbal Trauma

By Natalia Balsundaram, Trauma Therapist, Promises, Young Adult Program Lily was so excited about becoming a mother. She lovingly collected baby items and built a nursery for her first child. She couldn’t wait to meet him. In her sixth month of pregnancy, she discovered her husband was gambling — heavily.  He told her it was …

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What Is the Difference Between Biofeedback Therapy and Neurofeedback Therapy?

Biofeedback therapy is the general term for a range of techniques that rely on information provided by your own body to help you improve your physical or mental well-being. One of the many methods used to achieve this goal is neurofeedback therapy, which relies on information gathered from a specific part of your brain. A …

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How Person-Centered Therapy Provides a Safe Space to Explore Addiction

By Jana Albright, MA, CATC-IV Primary Therapist, Promises Malibu Whether a person makes the choice to enter addiction treatment on their own, or the choice has been made for them by loved ones or an employer, the experience can be transformative with the guidance of a trained therapist. There are many therapeutic modalities used in …

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Acupuncture for Addiction

Acupuncture for addiction is becoming an increasingly popular therapy. It is not a cure for addiction, but it does help to reduce uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, which in turn makes it more likely that someone will successfully get through the first few days of addiction treatment without turning back to their substance of choice. What Is …

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Blending Psychodrama and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Treat Addiction

A new twist on cognitive behavioral therapy is gaining traction in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. It uses techniques from psychodrama, an experiential role play therapy, layered over the research-based favorite, cognitive behavioral therapy. Although this combination is not officially recognized as a distinct form of therapy, it’s being used by some leading-edge …

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Think This, Not That: How to Use CBT to Manage Stress

Our minds can greatly help or hinder our ability to cope with stress. And it turns out that managing stress well relies heavily on the way we think when we’re under pressure. The wrong thoughts — what psychologists call “thought distortions,” or errors in how we mentally process reality — can increase stress levels and …

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Clinicians of Varying Backgrounds Can Successfully Deliver Prolonged Exposure Therapy

While professional experience has some impact on the course of prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD, all well-trained practitioners can effectively administer this form of treatment, according to recent findings from a team of American researchers. A form of change-oriented psychotherapy called prolonged exposure therapy (PE therapy) has verified usefulness as a treatment for people affected …

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The One-Hour-Per-Week Therapy Session

Therapy has become almost commonplace in the modern era, at least throughout the developed world. As therapy has become run-of-the-mill, the one-hour-per-week therapy session has become standard along with it. Given the dominance of the one-hour weekly session, it is somewhat surprising that there is so little in the way of actual scientific basis for …

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