Connect Wellness values the expressed needs of each individual served.
Our clinical team takes a person-centered approach in order to understand, tailor, and meet the specific needs of all clients.
Our treatment approach entails the use of evidence-based therapies. Evidence-based practice is predicated on scientific evidence, clinical expertise, and the individual´s needs.
Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), andDialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) are evidence-based therapeutic modalities specifically utilized by our clinical staff. These modalities have shown to be highly effective in the treatment of major depressive disorder, anxiety spectrum disorders, and personality disorders.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is described as the practice of bringing one’s attention to the experience(s) of the present moment. Mindfulness practices were inspired by Buddhist and Eastern philosophical traditions and were introduced to the United States in 1979 by professor of medicine, Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Since then, mindfulness has become a well-researched and widely used intervention for mental health wellness. Mindfulness improves attunement to one’s physical and emotional wellbeing by shifting awareness to the here and now.
How Can This Help Me?
Attunement to one’s physical and emotional wellbeing can aid in slowing down overactive and negative thinking patterns and hyperfocus on past events or the future. Mindfulness practices improve one’s understanding of the ¨felt sense¨and emotional needs by adapting non-judgmental attention to the senses and psyche. Improved awareness leads to a better understanding of how to tend to one´s needs more effectively. Mindfulness can help create a sense of safety in one´s body. It helps in reducing reactivity and overwhelming feelings due to stress or other powerful emotional states. Increasing research on mindfulness shows that this process has lasting neuropsychological effects and decreases hyperactive in the nervous system.
Our Mindfulness groups will teach meditation and effective practices that have been utilized for thousands of years. The individual will learn valuable coping skills to recover from anxiety, stress, depression, and the unwanted negative effects of traumatic experiences.
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an established evidence-based therapeutic modality used in the treatment of psychological disorders. CBT is a highly goal-oriented and focused psychotherapeutic technique that helps individuals gain a better understanding of the interaction of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The goal of CBT is to identify and alter maladaptive thinking patterns that lead to inappropriate emotional states and behaviors that impact one´s relationship to oneself and others.
How Can CBT Help Me?
CBT is commonly used in the treatment of a wide range of emotional conditions such as depression, anxiety spectrum disorders, substance use disorders, and personality disorders. It can also improve functioning in individual who are experiencing stressful change-of-life events or are stuck engaging in self- sabotaging patterns of behavior. Our CBT groups are geared to help the individual identify distorted automatic thoughts that have a negative impact on perceptions of oneself and others. Although one you can not control every aspect of life, CBT techniques aid in controlling one´s interpretations and interactions with the environment and others.
The CBT groups will include structured and easy to follow steps to help identify the unrealistic thoughts and beliefs that alter one´s moods and internal serenity. Our group therapists work with individuals as collaborators toward mutually established goals. They will on occasion assign homework assignments or worksheets to aid in the process. Individuals will learn to adapt to healthier thinking patterns and acquire functional skills to improve self-esteem and motivation. These skills will be practiced repeatedly and occasionally with other group members in order to solidify the understanding and use of these objective techniques which in turn diminish the risk of relapse into a depressive or anxious state.
What is DBT?
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidenced based treatment which helps the individual to live in the moment, cope healthily with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others. DBT is based on the concept that everything is composed of opposites (thesis and antithesis) and that change occurs when one learns to replace all-or-nothing thought patterns and behaviors with more objective and balanced patterns of thinking and behavior.
DBT teaches four significant skill sets:
- Distress Tolerance
- Emotional Regulation
- Interpersonal Effectiveness
How Can DBT Help Me?
Do you feel overwhelmed by feelings, easily triggered by close relationships, or sensitive to external and internal stimuli? Are you ruminating about thoughts and not able to see the positive aspects to life? If this sounds like your current experience , DBT groups can help you gain skills to self-soothe distress, improve close relationships, and learn to contain and compartmentalize difficult and persistent thoughts.