A Wide Range of Therapeutic Modalities
For over 30 years, Creative Care has offered innovative, effective mental health treatment, helping clients to unearth and understand early experiences in a safe, supportive environment. To achieve this, we tailor each treatment plan to each patient for the highest level of care. Indeed, we see each client who comes to us for help as an individual with a unique story and needs. Accordingly, we draw from a wide variety of therapeutic modalities to best meet those needs. In previous blogs, we’ve given an overview of some of these methods and will continue this week with psychodynamic therapy.
The Purpose of Psychodynamic Therapy
Psychodynamic therapy is the oldest form of modern therapy. As a result, its foundation features a highly refined and multifaceted theory of human dynamics. Additionally, it is a bedrock of treatment here at Creative Care. When we speak of unearthing the underlying causes that manifest mental health difficulties throughout adulthood and understanding interpersonal dynamics, we are describing the process of psychodynamic therapy in broad terms. For example, sessions lead to self-examination and self-reflection wherein the therapist helps the client to gain insight into their lives and current problems by taking a look at their thoughts, emotions, beliefs, and early-life experiences. Finally, this is where we start to connect the dots and recognize recurring patterns.
Evidence-Based and Effective
Mental health treatment at Creative Care is built upon evidence-based practices, and the evidence in support of psychodynamic therapy’s efficacy is overwhelming. For instance, Jonathan Shedler, PhD, of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, reviewed 8 meta-analyses of 160 studies on psychodynamic therapy. Next, he compared them to 9 meta-analyses of other psychological treatments, including antidepressants, focusing on effect size. Effect size is an attempt to put the change caused by psychological and medical treatment into a numeric value. A value of 0.80 is considered a large effect.
Shelder found that all 8 meta-analyses revealed sizable treatment benefits. For example, one included 1431 patients suffering from various mental health disorders and showed an effect size of 0.97 for overall symptom improvement during therapy lasting less than a year. Furthermore, this effect size increased to 1.51 when patients were re-evaluated 9 months after therapy ended. Compare this to the 0.31 effect size of the most popular antidepressants.
Innovative, Creative Care
Psychodynamic therapy is but one of the modalities we offer at Creative Care as part of our holistic, “whole-person” approach. We individualize each treatment plan with a blend of evidence-based strategies designed to give each client the best possible chance at a lasting recovery. For example, a personalized treatment plan may include:
- Psychological and diagnostic testing
- Individual counseling
- Family or couples therapy
- Art therapy
- Nutrition therapy
- Equine therapy
- Yoga and other relaxation therapy
Our fully equipped staff, including a consulting psychiatrist, psychotherapists, registered nurses, counselors, and other highly trained professionals, works as a team to get to the root of each client’s needs. If you or someone you love is struggling with a mental health condition, please give Creative Care a call today.