Mental Health Center of the Palm Beaches utilizes an array of therapy techniques to best match the needs of the client. Psychotherapy is a form of therapy that’s designed to help you regain control of your life if you’re suffering from a mental health disorder or emotional difficulty. MHC offers individual therapy for all ages, family therapy and couples therapy using effective psychotherapy approach, including:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
This type of therapy is an action-oriented approach to psychotherapy where clients learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their inner emotions, and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
This type of therapy is designed to put an end to negative thinking patterns and replace them with more productive thoughts that help you function better.
This is a more targeted form of psychotherapy in which your therapist works with you to help you understand how underlying issues, like unresolved grief, can have an impact on your life and your relationships.
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
Helpful for those who suffer from emotional dysregulation or bipolar disorder, DBT works by regulating your emotions and learning new coping skills.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
is a technique for treating patients who have experienced trauma. The goal with EMDR is to introduce external stimuli (such as bilateral eye movement, tapping or pulsing light) while the patient is focusing on a traumatic event from their past. The theory behind EMDR is that by bilaterally activating the brain while focusing on past trauma, the patient is better apt to process the painful memory and heal.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
This type of therapy incorporates mindfulness practices such as mediation and breathing exercises. It can help clients break away from negative thought patterns and be able to fight off depression or anxiety before it takes hold.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
This therapy involves a set of language and sensory based interventions and behavior modification techniques intended to help improve the client’s self-awareness, confidence, communication skills, and socials actions.
This form of psychotherapy is based on the notion that early childhood experience may impact your behavior as an adult.
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
This therapy addresses the specific emotional and mental health needs of children, adolescents, adult survivors, and families who are struggling to overcome the destructive effects of early trauma.
If you or a loved one is having trouble because of a mental health disorder or emotional problem, the odds are that psychotherapy can play a role in your ability to find a solution.
The team of dedicated mental health professionals turn to psychotherapy to treat a number of mental health disorders, including, but not limited to:
- Anger Management
- Antisocial Personality
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Behavioral Issues
- Bipolar Disorder
- Borderline Personality
- Child or Adolescent
- Chronic Illness
- Coping Skills
- Developmental Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Emotional Disturbance
- Intellectual Disability
- Learning Disability
- Life Transitions
- Marital and Premarital
- Men's Issues
- Narcissistic Personality
- Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
- Oppositional Defiance
- Peer Relationships
- Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
- Relationship Issues
- School Issues
- Self Esteem
- Sex Therapy
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Addiction
- Sleep or Insomnia
- Suicidal Ideation
- Testing and Evaluations
- Trauma and PTSD
- Women's Issues
The therapists use psychotherapy in most conditions where a change in thinking and behavior is called for. Therapists at the Mental Health Center of the Palm Beaches tailor a psychotherapy program to each of their patients and work diligently until a resolution is found.
Every relationship has ups and downs, and when you and your significant other are miscommunicating, you may benefit from couples counseling. Couples therapy is a specific type of psychotherapy that helps couples improve their communication skills, learn to recognize and resolve conflicts, and build healthy, loving relationships. Couples counseling is usually short-term, following a specific treatment plan to address your relationship's needs and weaknesses. At the Mental Health Center of the Palm Beaches, we provide couples counseling services for all types of couples who want to improve their communication skills and work on their relationship together.
Family dynamics are ever-changing and oftentimes tricky waters to navigate. To ensure that your family enjoys healthy, strong relationships, family therapy goes a long way. If you find yourself in a family that’s having trouble with communication, where resentments, misunderstandings, and anger are rife, family therapy is designed to address the behaviors of each member of the family and how they effect the group as a whole. Personal behaviors are far from personal in a family setting. Family therapy sheds light on how these behaviors may be misperceived or how they may have an effect on others in the close circle. At The Mental Health Center of the Palm Beaches, we offer families a safe and compassionate place to work out their differences and move forward.
There are many benefits to participating in group therapy. Group therapy is a safe place where members help others, are helped by others, and learn productive ways of relating to others. Groups provide a way to release shameful feelings, regardless of their origins. The Mental Health Center of the Palm Beaches offers many different types of therapy and support groups. Some of the groups offered:
- DBT skills group
- Anxious teens group
- Mindfulness group
- Women’s Issues Support Group
Group therapy is also a cost-effective method of getting help--usually half the price of individual sessions.
At the Mental Health Center of the Palm Beaches, we offer the same level of compassionate care through Teletherapy via a secured online platform or phone. Teletherapy offers the same high level, high confidential, compassionate therapy you would expect in a face to face, in-person session — from the comfort or convenience of your home or office setting.
Evaluations and Testing
The main goal of the assessment is to work with you to determine an optimal treatment plan. Upon completion of your comprehensive report, we meet with you for a detailed feedback session to review your test results, answer questions and review treatment options, strategies, provide any necessary referrals, and resources for managing symptoms.
In order to assess your child’s ability to reach their academic potential, we complete in-depth testing to gain current level of performance and make recommendations about their full scope of needs and provide information to support services and accommodations for an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or accommodations for a 504 Plan.
For adults, an assessment assists you in gaining a clear picture of your learning profile and providing support for your educational goals.
In order to make a definitive diagnosis, we conduct a comprehensive assessment tailored to each client’s needs.
Depending on the reason for the referral and the specific difficulties experienced, the assessment may include a structured background interview, standardized cognitive assessment, assessing attention, impulsivity, and organization, measures of visual and auditory processing, and standardized measures examining social, emotional, behavioral and psychological symptoms to differentiate between symptoms and their likely causes.”
Psychoeducational assessments provide diagnostic clarification, information for an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan used at the elementary and secondary school level, accommodations for ACT or ACT testing, accommodations for young adults beginning college or adults beginning or currently enrolled in college.
ADHD Evaluations Process
Our approach to diagnosing ADHD includes obtaining a detailed history and administration of a standardized measure specific for ADHD. A comprehensive test battery may be administered. A comprehensive psychoeducational assessment can help you make sense of a complicated presentation of symptoms, and/or formally document what you may have already informally known for years. Our highly trained school psychologist is committed to helping you gain a clear picture of symptoms, identifying whether you have ADHD, and providing you targeted treatment strategies to improve your life.
Autism Evaluation Process
Obtaining an accurate diagnosis of ASD, and receiving subsequent treatment and support, may have profound positive effects on an individual’s academic performance, social functioning, career success and overall life satisfaction.
Testing for Gifted
Individuals seeking a gifted assessment often want to clarify whether their child meets a school district or private school’s criteria for gifted programming.
Testing for giftedness is typically completed with the administration of a standardized intelligence test.
Testing for giftedness is typically completed in one session with immediate feedback provided at the conclusion of the assessment. Reports are mailed within 1-2 business days.
Other Specialized Assessments