Therapy is a useful tool for virtually everyone. The opportunity to have a sounding-board to bounce thoughts and ideas off of, and have a source of objective feedback, is vital in a world that grows increasingly more complex. The office of Raul J. Rodriguez, MD, features a team of licensed, Master’s-level psychologists, clinical social workers, and mental health counselors, each with their own specialties. With two convenient locations in downtown Delray Beach and East Boca Raton, our clinical team of psychotherapists can meet the needs of every individual.
With an entire team of therapists available, Dr. Rodriguez is able to include a number of different therapeutic approaches in the individualized treatment plans he crafts for his patients. Here are a few of the therapeutic modalities available through Dr. Rodriguez’s treatment team:
Is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on challenging cognitive distortions, like negative attitudes and belief systems, that interfere with patients’ happiness and success. CBT helps patients differentiate between thoughts, feelings and actions, and teaches awareness in thought patterns and how to interrupt thought patterns before they become emotions or destructive behaviors. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and other therapeutic modalities in the behavioral therapy family, are forward-looking and action-oriented, and emphasize learning new and healthy coping strategies. CBT has been proven to be effective in treating a number of mental health issues, such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and substance abuse problems.
DBT is an offshoot of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, combining the skills and strategies in CBT with eastern philosophical concepts like mindfulness. DBT is a highly structured form of therapy, and patients who are participating in DBT move through four modules, each with their own set of skills that help improve emotional regulation, tolerance of distress, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT clients with Dr. Rodriguez receive individual skills training, and also practice their newly learned skills in our introductory or advanced DBT skills groups, to prepare them for utilizing these skills in the real world. Originally developed specifically to treat individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), DBT has show to be effective in treating a number of other mental health disorders, such as eating disorders and addiction.
PET is a type of behavioral therapy developed to specifically treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In PET, patients are “exposed” to the traumatic events that induced their PTSD in a safe and controlled setting facilitated by an expertly trained mental health professional. In Imaginal Exposure, clients are asked to recount or retell their traumatic memory. In the other PET exposure procedure, In Vivo Exposure, clients gradually and systematically confront their triggers for trauma response, such as places or situations, so they can then process their traumatic memories. At the office of Raul J. Rodriguez, MD, PET can be combined with exercise therapy and mindfulness & meditation exercises, as part of the greater “Trauma Bloc” of treatment for severe cases of PTSD.
EMDR is another form of psychotherapy designed to treat trauma and PTSD. EMDR sessions help individuals heal from traumatic life experiences and the emotional duress accompanying trauma in shorter period of time than other forms of therapy. Using detailed protocols as part of an eight-phase treatment, EMDR can help rid post-traumatic stress symptoms in only a few sessions. Bilateral stimulation (eye movement) is used to help accelerate the internal healing process, based on the same brain functionality as REM sleep and dreaming.
These are only some of the different evidence-based therapies offered under Raul J. Rodriguez, MD. Individuals interested in starting individual therapy are encouraged to schedule an initial evaluation with Dr. Rodriguez so that we can pair you with the right therapist and therapeutic modality for you.
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