Psychiatry and Wellness Services
Treating mental health in a modern society requires innovation and compassion, flexibility and focus. Pacific Mind Health integrates evidence-based treatments into a customized health plan that optimize mental health outcomes. One of our goals is to minimize medication overuse and dependence.
We have skilled licensed psychotherapists offering a variety of therapy modalities best suited for your needs, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Mindfulness Meditation therapy, Supportive Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Exposure Therapy.
We offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for a variety of psychiatric conditions! Please contact us to find out more information and to learn how to initiate treatment.
Pacific Mind Health is proud to introduce two new services for 2022: Personalized Medicine using Genetic Testing through Pharmacogenomic technology. and ADHD Testing and Treatment Services including a one-on-one seminar coaching course with a specialized psychotherapist.
Mental Health Therapy Services
Pacific Mind Health is pleased to offer therapy to provide comprehensive mental health care. Although there are more than 50 types of therapy techniques, therapists will often blend therapeutic approaches to create a multi-faceted approach that suits the unique needs of each patient. Pacific Mind Health specializes in a variety of therapeutic approaches depending on the patient's history, challenges, and personality.
Client-Centered Therapy (CCT)
In client-centered therapy, the focus is entirely on the client. The therapist provides subtle guidance to patients as they explore issues but does not act as an authority or give specific direction.
Through this exchange, patients experience self-discovery, self-acceptance, healing and positive growth. CCT is an on-going interaction that allows patients to work through issues as they arise, regardless of complexity or persistence.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy is focused on dysfunctional thinking. Because dysfunction thinking leads to maladaptive behaviors, mental illness and negative emotions, CBT seeks to change patterns of thinking or behavior in order to change the way they feel. CBT is a short-term, goal-oriented therapeutic approach that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Most patients engage in CBT for less than a year.
Psychodynamic therapy takes a holistic focus on the patient's perspective to explore unconscious thoughts and feelings and the impact of the past on the present. Therapists assist patients in identifying patterns in their emotions, thoughts, and beliefs to better understand and appreciate their inner self. Psychodynamic therapy is on-going for as long as the patient experiences a benefit from it.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprogramming (EMDR) Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an effective treatment for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As patients relive triggering experiences in short episodes, a therapist directs eye movements, allowing patients to recall the distressing event in a less emotionally upsetting way. EMDR is also used to treat anxiety, depression, panic attacks, eating disorders, and addiction. Most patients experience an improvement in symptoms in 3 to 15 sessions.
Exposure therapy is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that exposes the patient to a source of frequent anxiety in a safe environment with the intention of helping him or her desensitize to the anxiety or distress. Exposure therapy is often used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and phobias
Couples therapy employs Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) to help couples work toward attachment harmony by repairing negative communication patters. EFT is a relatively short term therapy that consists of eight to 20 sessions. Couples therapy is indicated for healthy partnerships to prevent communication breakdowns that lead to attachment rifts and for distressed couples where one or both partners are dealing with depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction, and chronic illness. According to the American Psychological Association, EFT research demonstrates that approximately 75% of couples recover and nearly 90% have significant improvement.
Grief is a normal emotion following a loss, such as death, divorce, job loss, or financial loss. Progressing through the stages of grief can be incredibly challenging and overwhelming -- physically, socially, spiritually, emotionally, and cognitively. Grief counseling helps patients navigate and understand the myriad of feelings that come with loss. In those with grief lasting more than six months, grief counseling is crucial, as complicated grief is an impairing form of grief that can lead to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and even compulsory disorders
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
Mindfulness and acceptance are at the center of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In ACT, a therapist helps patients confront their inner emotions and accept them as appropriate without accepting that the emotions must dictate actions. Analyzing self talk and its effect on action and behavior empowers patients to accept hardships as a fact of life, defuse the emotional response that may give an unreal permanence to the situation, and ultimately make the stressor more manageable. ACT effectively treats test anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, workplace stress, and even delusions or psychosis. The number of ACT therapy sessions depends on the needs of the patient and the recommendations of the provider.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy that focuses on building mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT helps the patient progress through four stages that starts with treating self-destructive behavior, then addresses quality-of-life skills, then focuses on improving self-esteem and interpersonal relationships, and finally promotes a feeling of joy and improved connection in relationships. DBT was designed initially to treat borderline personality disorder, however it has also been a successful therapy for patients with depression, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and substance abuse.