Evidence Based Therapy

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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.

Treatment Options

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

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.

Self-Compassion Therapy

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.