Wind of Change utilizes a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities to address the individual needs of each client, from dual diagnosis, and the development of life skills. Each client will have a personal therapist who will work directly with them during their time in the program. Together, the client and the therapist will create an individualized treatment plan unique to each client and the issues they want to address in treatment.
The treatment modalities and techniques used will vary according to the individual therapist, the presenting problems, and the client’s individual treatment plan.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a psychotherapy that facilitates healing from the symptoms of emotional disturbances and past trauma. It has been proven effective on traumas such as sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, and PTSD related to a multitude of traumas. Studies have shown that EMDR can facilitate this healing more quickly than traditional talk therapy. By focusing on the traumatic memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically in the form of eye movements) there can be a reduction in the vividness and negative emotion associated with the traumatic memories.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a flexible treatment modality that can be done individually, in groups, or in family sessions. It has been proven effective on a range of issues ranging from depression to anxiety disorders to drug and alcohol use to severe mental illnesses. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, emotions, and actions are related. When one is able to identify thinking distortions they have and how those distortions contribute to their actions and reactions (from healthy to unhealthy) one can produce effective change.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is an action-oriented approach to traditional psychotherapy that has its origins in behavior therapy and cognitive behavior therapy. Clients at Wind of Change will learn how to accept their hardships in life and commit to making the wanted changes regardless of how they feel about it. By learning to stop denying, avoiding, and struggling with emotions and accepting that those emotions should not prevent one from moving forward, you can have a richer, more fulfilling life and relationships.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a structured program of psychotherapy that teaches skill sets for managing intense emotions and navigating social relationships. It was originally developed to help chronically suicidal patients manage their self-destructive impulses, but it is also the treatment choice for patients with borderline personality disorder, emotion dysregulation, and a wide selection of other psychological conditions. At Wind of Change learning DBT skills is a daily occurrence. Through group sessions, daily activities, and individual sessions, you will learn how to employ these valuable tools most effectively so you can find success in your relationships and achieve your goals.
This type of therapy differs from Cognitive therapy in that forms of it focuses on doing rather than talking. Experiential therapy helps you dive deeper into the experiences, good and bad, that have shaped your life choices. Often, in Experiential therapy, you don’t even realize you are getting “therapy”, but you walk away from those situations feeling more empowered and able to handle whatever life throws at you. At Wind of Change, you will have ample opportunities to experience this, whether you are participating in a high ropes course, animal therapy, equine therapy, or even a daily interaction with a peer that you struggle with, you have the chance to learn more about who you are and how to better handle challenges you may face.
It has been said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man” and at Wind of Change we believe that as well. Equine Assisted Therapy provides a relational and reflective context in which clients can identify behaviors and gain insight into their own struggles. The meaningful relationships clients build with the horses and the confidence and skills learned can be transferred to relationships with family and friends. The unique horse-human bond can be used to facilitate change in a client’s life and begin to address emotions and issues present.
Creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being, and at Wind of Change, you will have the opportunity to explore your creative side. Art therapy helps clients utilize the creative process to help self-expression and gain new personal insight and develop new coping skills. Clients will have the opportunity to practice art therapy in both group and individual sessions, as well as time on their own to explore their creativity.
“Where you look affects how you feel.” Brainspotting locates points in the client’s visual field that help to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain, the part of the brain responsible for complex activities such as memory, emotion, and pleasure. Brainspotting is effective for a wide variety of emotional conditions and is particularly effective with trauma-based situations. With brainspotting, we can help to identify and heal underlying trauma that contributes to anxiety, depression, and other behavioral conditions. The goal of Brainspotting is to bypass the conscious, neocortical thinking to access the deeper, emotional, and body-based parts of the brain.