SEX THERAPY TREATMENT
This approach is commonly a synthesis of sex education, cognitive therapy, talk and trauma therapies. Often briefer in duration than other treatment modalities.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a neurobiological form of therapy that helps people cope with trauma or upsetting events that may have lasting effects on an individual. Often these moments that happened long ago still feel very ‘real’ and they have a hard time letting go of the negative emotions and cognitions associated with an event. Consequently, these memories have an adverse impact on the person’s quality of life.
EMDR therapy works much in the same way Rapid Eye Movement (REM) works in sleep. EMDR has an effect on the way the brain processes information — helping the brain reprocess the memory of a painful event into a thought process that is less upsetting. By helping the patient ‘see’ the event in a new way, through a series of eye movements, a patient will be able to process distressing memories which allow for positive change and healing. EMDR treatment has been proven to be the most effective treatment for any form of post-traumatic stress disorder including childhood and sexual abuse. EMDR therapy also works over a shorter period of time as compared to other methods of therapy.
SOMATIC EXPERIENCING (SE)
SE is a body-awareness, mindful approach to overcoming trauma. It is based on Dr. Peter Levine’s research and clinical practice, demonstrating the innate ability of the human condition to transform trauma in achieving an enhanced quality of life.
PSYCHOBIOLOGICAL APPROACH TO COUPLES THERAPY (PACT)
This model allows the therapist to understand the areas of the brain responsible for the difficulties couples present in both their attachment and arousal behaviors. The PACT therapist helps couples move into secure attachment patterns and has proven to be highly successful for a wide range of relational and sexual challenges.
Insight Oriented and Supportive therapy
This is commonly known as talk therapy. This type of therapy helps you understand your moods, thoughts, feelings and behaviors. One-on-one discussion with a therapist can help people see a different perspective on their situation that can help them decide how to fix the problems they are having. The benefits of talk therapy are immediate. The simple act of discussing your feelings can help you feel better about your problems as you work through them.
Hypnotherapy is often integrated with other treatment modalities. Techniques can be used to help the patient feel calm and relaxed. Dr. Pasahow finds this approach highly useful in effectively communicating ideas that enhance motivation toward change. There is a broad range of disorders and situations where it has been proven to be effective, for example: pain management, weight loss, smoking cessation, preparation for surgery, general anxiety, performance anxiety, depression, cancer conditions and traumas.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT teaches patients — both adolescents and adults — specific skills to help them cope with a variety of life issues. Through self-exploration, patients are able to learn relaxation techniques, social and communication techniques, improve time management and decision making skills. Treatment is brief and practical and the length of therapy depends on the issues and problems addressed by the patient. It also includes setting goals and focusing on improving one’s quality of life throughout the treatment phase.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
DBT is helpful for teens and adults who have difficulty regulating their moods and emotions. In this process, patients are taught the skills necessary to cope with intense and painful moods, including suicidal thoughts and depression. DBT has been shown to be effective in both adolescents and adults for treating a variety of mood and personality disorders as well as eating challenges and self-destructive behaviors.