A history of trauma is one of the most significant risk factors for drug and alcohol addiction. Trauma may also contribute to the development of a mental health condition, such as major depressive disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder. Virtue at the Pointe offers several types of therapy to help patients heal.
Eye-movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of psychotherapy often used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, depression and behavioral addictions. It’s different from other types of therapy because it doesn’t require the patient to discuss their trauma in detail. Instead, a therapist asks the patient to focus on a specific event and think about the negative beliefs and images associated with that event. After a set of sounds, taps or side-to-side eye movements, the therapist instructs the patient to note what’s come to mind. The sets continue until the images or beliefs related to the event are less disturbing to the patient.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) was originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder, but it has shown promise in helping patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. During a DBT session, the therapist aims to help the patient live in the present, learn how to tolerate frustration and other negative emotions, regulate their emotions more effectively and communicate in a respectful way without violating their personal boundaries.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most common treatment methods for addiction and other mental illnesses. This therapeutic approach is centered on the idea that psychological problems often stem from faulty patterns of thinking or behavior. With CBT, a therapist aims to help the patient overcome these harmful patterns and develop effective coping skills.
At Virtue at the Pointe, every treatment plan is customized to meet the specific needs of the patient. For some patients, a customized treatment plan includes medication to relieve the symptoms of anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Easing the symptoms of these conditions makes it easier for patients to focus during therapy sessions and other rehabilitation activities, improving the chances of a successful outcome.