Therapy Modalities

At Straight Up Treatment, we embrace a wide array of therapeutic modalities to offer personalized, effective support tailored to your unique journey. From Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) to integrative approaches like Yoga and Meditation Therapy, our team is skilled in a variety of techniques. Whether you’re exploring individual challenges, seeking to strengthen relationships, or engaging in resilience coaching, we can help you.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a therapeutic approach that integrates emotional/mental distress tolerance and mindfulness techniques with values driven behavior-change strategies. ACT helps individuals learn how to distance themselves from negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions rather than suppressing, avoiding, or controlling them. Rather than focusing on what is outside of your control, you’ll instead focus on what you can personally control.

ACT is beneficial for a variety of mental health conditions including OCD, anxiety, depression, and chronic stress. It’s also a fundamental tool to improve overall well-being and spiritual alignment.
With the help of therapy, you’ll gain confidence in your ability to handle thoughts and feelings without needing to control them.

Attachment-Based Therapy focuses on understanding how the bonds formed early in life impacts emotional health and relationships in later life. It is commonly used for individuals who are experiencing challenges with their interpersonal relationships, have experienced trauma, or struggle with frequent emotional distress. It can also be used with parents or guardians wanting to strengthen or improve their relationship with their children.

By going back in time, you can gain a better understanding of your behavior patterns and subconscious attachment styles. You can then work towards redeveloping different patterns using techniques such as cognitive reframing, emotion-focused strategies, and mindfulness.

If you’re ready to form better or healthier interpersonal relationships, gain a better understanding of yourself, reduce anxiety, and increase your capacity to manage emotions, Attachment-Based Therapy may be for you. Click below to book an appointment or free consultation!

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an intervention that is focused on helping individuals identify and manage the underlying causes of their mental and emotional struggles. CBT is a highly effective treatment method used to reduce symptoms associated with a range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, and sleep issues. By examining the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, CBT can help individuals gain insight into how to modify behaviors in order to shift negative thoughts and feelings, thereby empowering them to make lasting changes in their lives.

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is a type of psychotherapy where the focus is on developing self-compassion and positive emotions. CFT brings together numerous techniques including mindfulness, cognitive and behavioral therapy, spiritual and positive psychology. The purpose is to reduce self-criticism and negative emotions, and increase feelings of warmth, love, and kindness towards yourself and others.

DBT, or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, is a type of therapy that has been scientifically proven to help individuals struggling with a variety of mental health issues. It works by teaching people mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. DBT is most often used to treat borderline personality disorder, as well as anxiety disorders, depression, and eating disorders. With the help of a qualified therapist, clients can learn to become more skilled at managing their emotions and developing healthier relationships. DBT can be an incredibly powerful tool for those who are looking to gain control over their mental health and live a more fulfilling life.
Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) is a powerful, evidence-based approach to counseling, focused on helping individuals recognize and process their emotions. By exploring underlying patterns of emotion, clients gain insight into their behavior and the connections between their thoughts, feelings, and actions. EFT is especially beneficial for those struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues. Through this therapy, clients can learn to express and manage their emotions in a healthy way, resulting in improved mental health and overall well-being.

Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). It is often used to help individuals with OCD and related conditions. With ERP Therapy, you are exposed to situations or objects that cause a trigger and work towards reducing resulting compulsive or ritualistic behaviors. Similar to Exposure Therapy, you work with a therapist to identify a hierarchy of situations you can be exposed to over time. You start with the least anxiety-provoking situation and work towards exposure to the highest anxiety-provoking situation. When you are exposed to these experiences, you aim to reduce compulsive and ritualistic behaviors and gradually learn to tolerate the discomfort associated with exposure to the feared or distressing stimuli.

Exposure Therapy is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) intended to help overcome avoidance behaviors driven by an aversion to discomfort and other internal negative experiences. Together with your Straight Up therapist, you will determine a gradual hierarchy of uncomfortable situations or objects that you have been avoiding and work towards increasing your tolerance and confidence in facing those situations over time. It is commonly used for anxiety-related challenges, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and resiliency training. Exposure Therapy can help reduce the aversion to discomfort, change, and anxiety, as well as improve emotional regulation, and ultimately lead to greater self-esteem.

Is your family facing difficulties with effective and respectful communication? Are you and your partner struggling to parent your children in a supportive way? Are you exhausted from battling with your inlaws or other family members, and it’s impeding your ability to live in harmony?

Family Systems Therapy is a powerful intervention that can help navigate challenges within the family unit. It can help you understand, navigate, and begin to change existing dynamics so you can work together to understand each other better and create a healthier, more fulfilling family connection.

HRV stands for Heart Rate Variability, which is a biofeedback measure that tracks the intervals between each heartbeat. HRV tells us how well the body responds to and recovers from stress. Higher HRV is associated with increased resilience, adaptiveness, and physical well-being. Low HRV is more strongly associated with poor health and immune system functioning, sleep issues, anxiety, depression, and chronic stress. The goal of HRV biofeedback is to improve your nervous system response and recovery from daily stressors. As our body becomes more resilient and adaptive in responding to stress, we experience more clarity, confidence, and ease in daily life. In addition to increased focus and attention, elevated mood, improved sleep, reduced anxiety, enhanced productivity and overall well-being.

With Humanistic Therapy, the focus is on what makes an individual unique, their creativity, and strengths. It is a powerful approach to gaining a deeper understanding of oneself and can lead to greater connection, meaning, improved self-esteem, and clarity in making life decisions. It is commonly used to address concerns such as anxiety, depression, stress, and relationship issues.

In Humanistic Therapy, the therapist provides an empathetic and non-judgmental environment to express oneself and explore feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. This can lead to improved self-awareness and personal growth.

If you’re ready to feel more in control of your life and improve your overall well-being, book an appointment!

Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy is based on the idea that the mind is made up of multiple sub-personalities or “parts”. Each of these parts has its own viewpoints, emotions, and characteristics.

In IFS Therapy, the therapist will help the client identify and understand each of the parts that make them whole. By deepening the relationship with each part, there is an opportunity to gain insight into the patterns and beliefs causing distress.
IFS is used for a variety of concerns, including trauma, depression, anxiety, and interpersonal relationships. It can also be used for personal growth, self-understanding, and self-development.

Start feeling more whole by understanding the “parts” that make you you!

Please note: This support is for parents of children with ODD. 

Mindfulness-Based Therapy is a therapeutic approach that integrates mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). It aims to help individuals cultivate awareness and acceptance of their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. The goal of Mindfulness-Based Therapy is to reduce the distress caused by thoughts, emotions, and experiences to improve overall well-being. The exact approach will depend on your needs and your therapist.

However, you will be encouraged to engage in various meditative and/or mindfulness practices. This may include relaxation exercises,visualizations, mindful movement, thought defusion, and body scans. As part of Mindfulness-Based Therapy, you may be asked to work towards identifying and challenging negative thought patterns so you can develop positive coping skills. This modality is used for a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, stress, depression, and chronic pain. By becoming more grounded in the present moment and having greater detachment from the mind, you can create an increased sense of connection to yourself and others, thus experiencing a greater sense of fulfillment and purpose in life.

Psychodynamic Therapy focuses on how unconscious thoughts influence behaviors. During a session, individuals will explore past experiences, emotions, and dreams. The therapist will guide them towards gaining insight into the difficulties that brought them to therapy.

Psychodynamic Therapy can benefit individuals dealing with a broad range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, self-esteem issues, and personal growth challenges.

With increased awareness, the focus shifts to changing behaviors and improving the ability to manage emotions.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centered approach used to treat symptoms resulting from trauma. During a session, the therapist guides an individual by helping them focus on the physical sensations, impulses, and movements that come up in connection to certain emotions or memories. Then, they will work toward rewiring instinctual reactions to triggers and developing better emotional regulation.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a collaborative approach to therapy that focuses on identifying and achieving goals in the present while keeping the future in mind. SFBT is widely used to help people with a range of psychological and emotional conditions such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship issues, and more. It is based on the belief that clients are experts in their own lives and have the capacity to resolve their own issues. By focusing on what’s working and what can be changed, SFBT offers a positive outlook and a sense of empowerment that can help clients achieve their desired outcomes quickly and efficiently.

Somatic Therapy is a holistic therapeutic approach that focuses on the mind-body connection. It involves both psychotherapy and physical therapy. This may include breathing techniques, and moving the body in therapeutic ways.

It is commonly used for trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, and when individuals feel disconnected from their bodies. Somatic Therapy can lead to a reduction in tension and physical discomfort, an increased connection to the body, an improved ability to handle stress, and an overall more balanced emotional state.

Spiritual Psychology is the study and practice of the art and science of Conscious Awakening. This therapy approach helps individuals identify and connect with their most authentic self or what is colloquially called “the soul.” The Spiritual therapy approach helps people learn how to identify, recognize, and navigate life from the most consistent and stable part of themselves, instead of being guided by mental conditioning, past experiences, physical and biological drives, external stimuli and influences, or vacillating emotions. Spiritual therapy teaches individuals how to surrender—or let go of—anything that disturbs one’s inner peace. It also teaches the importance of sacrificing illusions of separation and shifting to the interconnectedness we share with all life and beings around us. The focus is on healing the physical, mental, and emotional levels in order to be able to connect and live from our most true selves of which are loving, peaceful, compassionate, and joyful. We refer to this level of awareness as the authentic self Essentially, letting go of what no longer serves us, living from our deepest most authentic part of self, and feeling more connected to the life and people around us is how this approach describes “healing.” Moving through the journey and stages of healing results in individuals experiencing greater connection with who they are, their life’s purpose, and enhanced levels of success and fulfilment. This empowers them to make a meaningful contribution in their world.

Yoga Therapy provides a holistic approach to healing, integrating the mind, body and spirit. It has been used to help reduce stress, enhance mood, contribute to improved sleep, and improve overall self-awareness. When working with a trained yoga-informed therapist, your session will be tailored to your needs, goals, and preferences. This may include working through different physical postures (asanas), breathwork (pranayama), meditations, and other practices that have been shown to be effective in rebalancing the nervous system and deactivating stress and anxiety states in the body and mind.

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