Common Treatment approaches

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT seeks to identify unhealthy thoughts (cognitions) and the connection of those thoughts to harmful or unwanted behaviors. First, therapy establishes goals for what the client wants to change. Then, through the therapeutic relationship, the individual will begin to understand how their beliefs and attitudes interact with their behaviors. CBT suggests practical changes in order to initiate positive shifts in behavior.

CBT is commonly used for those affected by depression, anxiety, social phobias, relationship concerns, anger, stress, and chronic pain.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT teaches individuals how to accept their emotional experiences as they are. After acknowledging the truth of their experience, one can commit to improving their quality of life through behavioral change. This treatment focuses on discovering psychological flexibility, being present in the moment, and consistently balancing one’s values. The main goal of ACT treatment is for an individual to accept that life is full of adversities while remaining aware that they still have the power to control and overcome these difficulties.

ACT is commonly used to treat stress (workplace and home), social anxieties, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, physical disability, and illness.


As a theoretical approach, mindfulness teaches skills to help individuals live more in the present. It brings a level of intentionality and focus to one’s thoughts and interactions. Through various techniques such as breathing, meditation, and guided relaxation, the individual can become a more active participant in their thought world. By being more involved with their thought process, one can learn how to filter out intrusive or unhealthy thoughts and create more intentional, controlled thinking.

Mindfulness is commonly used for anxiety, stress, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, and chronic pain.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR seeks to remove the mental barriers that occur as a result of trauma so that the mind can begin to heal. The connection between emotional well-being and the physical state is the foundation for this form of treatment. Therapists help the client identify and share their trauma story while teaching eye movement and other rhythmic stimulation. EMDR therapy should be done with a trained clinician and facilitated through a phased process (Journey Counseling has trained providers for EMDR treatment).

EMDR is commonly used for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), trauma, exposure to violence, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, and domestic violence.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a therapeutic approach used to regulate and manage intense and extreme emotions. This approach is composed of four main elements: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation. DBT can improve an individual’s quality of life and interpersonal relationships while providing a solid skillset to maintain oneself during interactions with others.

Created initially for borderline personality disorder, DBT is now widely used with many mental health issues.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing aims to create a genuine and internal desire to change. Often, we can become paralyzed in our lives and not know how to change, or even want to change. The motivational interviewing approach allows the therapist and client to move through the barriers that keep one from the quality of life they desire. Motivational interviewing creates a better awareness of one’s self and increases their capacity to change.

Motivational interviewing is commonly used to manage addiction or physical health conditions. It is also helpful in relationships, stress management, and weight management.


A standard fee of $120 to $150 is charged for services, and an adjusted fee based on family income may be arranged if qualifications are met. In many cases health insurance may cover services. Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to discuss your specific situation and any concerns you may have.

Common Insurances Accepted

We accept Blue Cross Shield, Medicare, Scott & White, Aetna, United Healthcare, Cigna, Humana, and Smart Health. 

What Sets Us Apart

Both our experience in the industry and our experience working with adolescents sets us apart from other counseling services.