Modalities

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - ACT is a contextually focused form of cognitive behavioral psychotherapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to increase clients' psychological flexibility--their ability to engage in values-based, positive behaviors while experiencing difficult thoughts, emotions, or sensations. ACT has been shown to increase effective action; reduce dysfunctional thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and alleviate psychological distress for individuals with a broad range of mental health issues.

Trauma-Informed Addictions Treatment (TIAT) – TIAT is an addictions group treatment intervention for working with women in the active treatment phase of recovery who are also survivors of trauma including physical, sexual and emotional abuse. In part I, group members develop a shared emotional and relational vocabulary. Part II focuses more specifically on abuse and the connections between trauma and psychological symptoms, addictive behavior, and relationship patterns. Part III focuses most directly on core recovery skills.

Mindfulness Oriented Recovery Enhancement - Please use the following text for this modality: MORE is an evidence-based treatment that unites complementary aspects of mindfulness training, cognitive restructuring, and positive psychology principles into an integrative treatment strategy, targeting the automatic cognitive and emotional processes implicated in addiction. Specifically, the foundations of MORE are mindfulness, reappraisal, and savoring.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) – DBT is a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach with two key characteristics: a behavioral, problem-solving focus blended with acceptance-based strategies, and an emphasis on dialectical processes. "Dialectical" refers to the issues involved in treating clients with multiple disorders and to the type of thought processes and behavioral styles used in the treatment strategies. DBT as utilized at Vizown has four components: (1) capability enhancement (skills training); (2) motivational enhancement (individual behavioral treatment plans); (3) structuring of the environment (programmatic emphasis on reinforcement of adaptive behaviors); and (4) capability and motivational enhancement of therapists (therapist team consultation group). DBT emphasizes balancing behavioral change, problem-solving, and emotional regulation with validation, mindfulness, and acceptance of patients. Therapists follow a detailed procedural manual.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) - MI is a goal-directed, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavioral change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. The operational assumption in MI is that ambivalent attitudes or lack of resolve is the primary obstacle to behavioral change, so the examination and resolution of ambivalence becomes its key goal. MI has been applied to a wide range of problem behaviors related to alcohol and substance abuse as well as mental health issues.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Cognitive-behavioral therapy integrates the cognitive restructuring approach of cognitive therapy with the behavioral modification techniques of behavioral therapy. The therapist works with the client to identify both the thoughts and the behaviors that are causing distress, and to change those thoughts in order to readjust the behavior. In some cases, the client may have certain fundamental core beliefs, called schemas, which are flawed and require modification.

Expressive Therapy (ET) – ET introduces action to psychotherapy to encourage individuals to use an expressive form of communication as a means for further exploration and that action within therapy and life is rarely limited to a specific mode of expression. ET makes use of art, music, dance/ movement, drama, poetry/creative writing, play, gardening, sandtray, etc. within the context of therapy and recovery. ET adds a unique dimension to therapy and recovery because they have several specific characteristics not always found in strictly verbal therapies, including, but not limited to, (1) self- expression, (2) active participation, (3) imagination, and (4) mind–body connections.