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Therapy at Southampton Psychiatric Associates

At Southampton Psychiatric Associates, providers offer a wide range of psychotherapies. Several therapists have expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is a relatively short-term, problem-focused form of therapy. CBT helps patients challenge negative thoughts and modify maladaptive behaviors. It requires active participation by patients and includes exercises to be completed between sessions. Some homework assignments involve pen-and-paper tasks while others are much more experiential and involve trying out new behaviors. Research has shown CBT to be very effective in the treatment of anxiety, mood, and eating disorders, among others.

Some Southampton Psychiatric Associates providers also offer a highly specialized form of CBT known as Exposure-Based Therapy for the treatment of anxiety disorders such as Phobias, Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Exposure-Based Therapy encompasses a set of techniques designed to eliminate avoidance and to promote alternative strategies for coping with anxiety.

Play Therapy, practiced by some of the clinicians in the practice who work with young children, uses the therapeutic powers of play to help children work through interpersonal and psychosocial stressors. Children who are going through parental divorce, suffer from medical problems, have been sexually abused, or have survived a natural disaster are among the many children who may benefit from play therapy. Play therapy can also be helpful in altering problematic interpersonal dynamics such as sibling rivalry.

Several providers at Southampton Psychiatric Associates practice Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). IPT is based on the belief that psychological problems are due to difficulties with communication which are derived from attachment styles. It is a blending of traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy and more contemporary CBT. It is often used in the treatment of depression and relationship problems.

Also offered at Southampton Psychiatric Associates, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy focuses on the workings of an individual’s unconscious. It is based on the premise that insight can lead to meaningful changes in behavior and emotions. Clients explore childhood experiences and relationships in order to gain understanding of problematic behavior patterns. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy can be very effective in the treatment of mood disorders and relationship problems.

Because most of the providers in the practice have training and experience with various approaches to psychotherapy, they are able to draw from multiple theoretical orientations as they develop treatment plans to match the needs of individual patients. This approach is often referred to as “eclectic psychotherapy.” If you are interested in a specific type of psychotherapy, the office manager who schedules new patients can assist you in finding a provider to match your needs.


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