Types Of Treatment
SAC therapists have specialized training and credentialing in several evidence-based and evidence-informed practices, enabling us to provide the highest quality treatment to our clients.
SAC therapists create an individualized treatment plan with each client, depending on each person’s unique needs. Different treatment types are chosen based on the presenting needs of clients, and trust must built between therapist and client before particular treatment modalities are used. After getting to know you, therapists will have the ability to advise the most appropriate course of treatment.
Types of treatment used by SAC therapists include:
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
TF-CBT is one of the primary treatments of choice when working with victims of trauma, including rape and sexual abuse. It is used to assist trauma victims in reframing the irrational and negative thoughts and beliefs related to the trauma. TF-CBT allows the therapist to present educational information to clients, have the clients practice the new information in sessions, allows the client to create a trauma narrative of their experience, and then process the feelings around their trauma incorporating their new education. Parents and caregivers are brought into sessions when appropriate.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is primarily used when working with victims of trauma, such as rape and sexual abuse, and a clinician is required to receive additional training to be certified in this type of treatment. Thanks to EMDR, SAC therapists are able to help clients move through unresolved issues stemming from rape and sexual abuse and reach a place of healing not as easily attainable with regular, longer term psychotherapy.
Play therapy is theoretically based and assists children in expressing their feelings related to sexual abuse through activities and games. Children communicate through play as adults communicate through language. For this reason, play therapy offers children a safe and comfortable way to express and process their thoughts and feelings about their trauma. Play therapy uses sand trays, art, dollhouses, and games in sessions to help children recover from the sexual abuse.
Art therapy is a mental health modality that implements the creative process of art making to improve and enhance physical, mental, and emotional well-being. By resolving conflicts and problems through external, symbolic means, old patterns of thinking, or cognitive blocks, are often bypassed. Art therapy’s theory is predominately psychodynamic but can be used in conjunction with other treatment methods.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a behavioral intervention that focuses on teaching clients four sets of key skills for daily life functioning: interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness skills. DBT has been found to be effective in multiple controlled clinical trials, and is especially effective when individual therapy is combined with group therapy.