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After the evaluation, you will begin treatment. Treatment lasts 20 to 24 weeks. However, with more severe cases of anxiety or depression, treatment can last longer. In some cases, medication may be necessary.
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BASIC TREATMENT STEPS
Each session corresponds with workbook and self help assignments to help you reach your goals and stay on track. Each session works as a bridge into the next session. It is important that you attend each weekly session, otherwise you may lose ground on the work that you have been already doing. Lastly, we monitor your progress on a session by session basis using a test battery.
Come in for a Mental Health Evaluation. This may take place over the course of two sessions. After a diagnosis is determined, a treatment plan specific to your treatment goals is developed based on our I-CBT principles.
Interpersonal Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (I-CBT) is an innovative form of therapy that falls under the umbrella term of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I-CBT was developed by Dr. Thomas A. Cordier. Although the therapy embraces the majority of guidelines and the implementation of CBT, the I-CBT concept also focuses a great deal on the interpersonal relationship between the patient and therapist as the primary source of patient improvement.
I-CBT not only serves as a treatment modality but is also a treatment system that coincides with individual treatment, involving various forms of I-CBT groups, training/coaching for parents and specialized treatment for children and adolescents with special needs. I-CBT is also very effective for military members and veterans struggling with PTSD and readjusting to civilian life. The treatment of patients and the training of clinicians using the I-CBT system are universal in that patient treatment and clinician training of the CBT methods are presented in a similar fashion.
Each patient is assigned one-on-one psychotherapist who develops a treatment plan based on a two-day clinical assessment. For many, the treatment lasts approximately 20 - 24 weeks, however, the treatment is tailored to each individual patient. When a person is ready to "graduate", their treatment scores have significantly been reduced, in remission, or eliminated.
Contrary to many interpretations of CBT, Cordier believes that therapy cannot be truly effective unless the patient trusts and generally likes his or her therapist. For the first part of therapy, the therapist focuses a great deal on building rapport with the patient. CBT is taught in unison with rapport building through an organized manual that can be learned and understood by patients of all ages. The therapist helps the patient begin to think rationally by first challenging the quick, well-learned irrational thoughts, or “action thoughts,” that cause the patient’s negative emotions and unwarranted behaviors. When the time is deemed appropriate, the therapist begins helping the patient challenge his or her negative core beliefs (developed in childhood and reinforced as the years go on) by discussing and challenging assumptions based upon the patient’s negative core beliefs. Once the patient and therapist are satisfied with the progress that has been made, the patient is “graduated” from the I-CBT program.
Your therapist will begin to indicate that you are ready to move on or what we like to call "Graduation"!