Are you experiencing mental health symptoms that are interfering in life but not sure where to begin? Wise Mind Counseling treats a variety of symptoms with proven therapy approaches.
Do I have to live in Door County to receive services? No! But of course you can travel to beautiful Door County. I provide virtual services to residents of Wisconsin. Good news is virtual therapy is showing to be as effective as in person, in particular when using evidence based treatments. Virtual therapy can even have added benefits.
Therapy is a big commitment and finding a treatment that works is essential. The following treatments are offered at Wise Mind Counseling:
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Full, comprehensive DBT is the gold standard of treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), as well as when people have multiple areas of dysregulation.
DBT-PE (Prolonged Exposure)
DBT-PE is used to treat trauma while people are in DBT and having multiple symptoms beyond PTSD. It helps people approach fearful trauma cues and learn to avoid avoiding and to have mastery over PTSD.
DBT Skills Only
DBT skills (mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance) are helpful for anyone. Skills as a stand alone treatment is used when people do not meet full criteria to participate in DBT. Skills can be taught to individuals, families, and couples.
DBT-ACES (Accepting the Challenges of Exiting the System)
DBT-ACES is used for people who have completed DBT. The goal is to overcome barriers that are interfering in obtaining employment and learn advanced DBT skills to continue succeeding and building a life worth living. A full DBT ACES program is not offered, while the modules in ACES can be taught at Wise Mind Counseling.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
CBT refers to a group of psychotherapies that are widely researched and efficiently treat a variety of concerns including mood and anxiety disorders and trauma. CBT connects how thoughts, emotions, and behaviors affect one another and offers skills to solve present day problems and reach goals.
Exposure Response Prevention (ERP)
ERP is a type of CBT used in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), as well as Body Dysmorphic Disorder. The “E” in ERP means “Exposure” and helps people gradually face fears. The “RP” in ERP means “Response Prevention” and this is avoiding compulsive or repetitive behaviors while engaging in exposure practices. The compulsions generally relieve the discomfort but are also taking over one’s life. ERP (Exposure + Response Prevention) allows people to learn that fears and uncertainty can be tolerated without having to engage in compulsions.
Exposure therapy is the leading treatment for other anxiety disorders, including panic attacks. The goal is to face situations that cause panic and anxiety in order to overcome the fears and to stop avoiding life.
Prolonged Exposure (PE)
PE is a form of CBT to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It teaches people to approach fearful trauma reminders in a gradual, supportive way to overcome PTSD.
Behavior Activation (BA)
BA is considered a CBT skill that can be added to other therapies, as well as it’s own treatment. It is evidence based to treat depression and anxiety. BA helps us understand how behaviors influence mood and how to decrease depression and anxiety by consistently engaging in non-depressive behaviors and living more in line with values.
Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)
CAMS is especially effective at treating suicide near the onset of urges. DBT is more effective at treating persistent life threatening urges along with other symptoms. CAMS is an evidenced based treatment for suicide and collaboratively integrates a variety of treatments to increase reasons for living.
Developing a mindful practice and learning mindfulness skills is helpful for everyone. DBT added mindfulness to psychotherapy many years ago and it has evolved as a proven way to decrease anxiety, stress, depression, mood swings, pain, poor concentration, sleep, and unhealthy eating.
An approach that teaches how to be mindfully kind, understanding, and accepting of oneself rather than self-critical and judgmental. Self-compassion approaches can reduce perfectionism, shame, and disgust.
Therapy Coaching & Well Being Packages
Are you interested in improving your well being but not sure that you need a traditional course of treatment that lasts on average 12-16 weeks? Explore the skill building packages below that can all be offered virtually or in person.
Each package will include 3-5 sessions and start with an introductory session to help individualize your experience. The Coaching package is 12 weeks.
Learn zen mindfulness skills: how to be present in the moment non-judgmentally, increase awareness and acceptance, and how to act mindfully in difficult situations. Choose to learn mindfulness in the following areas: parenting, relationships, in the workplace or at school.
Manage Anxiety and Stress
Discover patterns related to your anxiety, understand how anxiety has been maintained in your life, and learn ways out of worry. How to regulate your body, decrease unhelpful thinking, and approach situations that you may avoid due to anxiety.
Develop a plan of action to regulate your mood, decrease depression and to build joy. How to improve self care, compassionate thinking, and positive experiences in your life.
DBT for Parents – Learn effective parenting skills that allow you to act more in line with your parenting values and to increase pleasant family time. Skills include mindful parenting, validation, conflict resolution, how to avoid making situations worse, and how to understand the chain of events in difficult moments in order to change unwanted reactions and stay in control of emotions. Set parenting goals and receive education and support to stay on track.
This package is a 12 week commitment (there is flexibility in scheduling to meet your needs and availability).
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I offer consultation to clinicians interested in providing or currently providing DBT. Consultation sessions are offered virtually, either as needed or for an agreed upon time frame with a specific agenda. Some consultation topics can include: skills training, behavioral analysis, validation skills, and case conceptualization.