Science-Based Therapy at Therapy Lab
What is science-based therapy?
At Therapy Lab we practice science-based therapy, meaning our clinical practice is informed by scientific knowledge. Beginning with a foundation of the best research evidence, we are able to tailor treatment as needed based on clinical expertise.
CBT-I & Third Wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an intervention that tends to be focused, time-limited, and active. With a CBT perspective, the clinician aims to identify factors that are contributing to a problem, and work collaboratively with their client to change those factors. CBT is an active process, and throughout the course of therapy the client will have things to try, both during sessions and outside of sessions.
With a CBT mindset, a therapist will be concerned with measuring progress and setting clear goals for desired outcomes. In CBT, we use our clinical expertise to try approaches that we think will work, and then we systematically check to see what is effective in a given situation and what is not. The foundation of CBT is good therapy, which requires paying careful attention to a client’s symptoms, history, behaviors, unique values and individuality. It’s important for therapists to demonstrate empathy, genuineness and compassion.
CBT is based on the idea that psychological problems consist of cognitive elements, emotional elements, and behavioral elements, and that these different elements have a mutual influence on each other. With CBT, practitioners will gain a better understanding of how these different elements are interacting, and will strive to influence thoughts, feelings and behaviors in a healthy direction.
At Therapy Lab we provide CBT-I, third-wave cognitive-behavioral therapies such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and a cutting edge approach to CBT called the Unified Protocol (UP). Third-wave cognitive-behavioral therapies focus on increasing awareness and acceptance of one's internal experience in order to reduce unhealthy ways of coping. A large body of research demonstrates that Cognitive Behavioral Therapies can be a highly effective treatment across a wide range of psychological disorders and concerns.
CBT is well documented and informed by a very large body of continuously accumulating scientific evidence. The growing body of research associated with CBT has allowed it to evolve over time, incorporating elements from other therapy modalities, and becoming better over generations.
Learn more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:
New York Times Article: "Evidence That Therapy Works"
Los Angeles Times Article: “Anxiety Treatment: Medication, Therapy or Both Can Help”
Unified Protocol - A New Approach to CBT
Therapy Lab clinicians are specially trained in the Unified Protocol (UP), a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that has been shown to help individuals dealing with anxiety disorders, depression and other emotion related concerns. Combining such elements as mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and ACT, patients can experience relief across a range of areas. Research supports the efficacy of the Unified Protocol to simultaneously address multiple problems in treatment, which can translate to quicker and more efficient relief from psychological distress.
Based on decades of research, the UP is a form of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy that can help people who feel that their emotions are sometimes overwhelming or hard to manage. Concerns may include anxiety, depression or low mood, specific phobias, panic attacks, social anxiety, or multiple concerns at once. The UP approach can also be helpful for individuals who are simply overwhelmed by stress, relationships, life transitions and circumstances, or for those who would like to learn new coping skills. Clinicians value Unified Protocol for its cost-effectiveness, being that following only a single protocol, can provide relief across multiple areas that traditionally might be approached separately.
The ultimate goal of the Unified Protocol is to help clients learn new ways of responding to their emotional states, and thereby reduce the symptoms they are experiencing. The Unified Protocol targets the core deficits and common threads that are shared across different emotional disorders and psychological problems.
Unified Protocol has been repeatedly studied across different samples of individuals seeking treatment for anxiety and other emotional disorders. Several studies on the Unified Protocol (UP) showed the majority of participants no longer met criteria for their presenting conditions following treatment, and showed continued improvement 6 months later.
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