Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT is an evidenced-based solution-focused approach to treatment developed mainly by Aaron Beck. CBT focuses on the connection between an individual's thoughts, behaviors, emotions, and physical reactions and how they all influence each other in a cyclical manner. The main way to intervene in this cycle is by changing the way we think and the way we act; this will in turn change the way we feel.

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

DBT is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Marsha Linehan. DBT builds upon CBT by complimenting the concept of change with the concept of acceptance. The term "dialectical" means a synthesis or integration of opposites. The primary dialectic within DBT is between the seemingly opposite strategies of acceptance and change. Dialectics, or multiple truths, exist within most everything. DBT includes four sets of behavioral skills: Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance. 

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Developed by Steven C. Hayes, ACT uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies to help clients work toward committed actions. These actions are aligned with a client's identified values and therefore can help lead them to living a more meaningful and fulfilled life with increased psychological flexibility.

Recreational Therapy

Recreational Therapy utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to address the needs of individuals experiencing mental health struggles and disabilities. Techniques include wilderness excursions, art, sports, team building, movement, music, and community outings. Recreational therapists treat and help maintain the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their clients by seeking to reduce depression, stress, and anxiety, recover basic motor functioning and reasoning abilities, build confidence, and socialize effectively.

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