Services at Southampton Psychiatric Associates
In addition to offering various types of therapy, our three psychiatrists treat mental health problems with medication when appropriate. Medication treatment is often recommended in conjunction with psychotherapy. The psychiatrists collaborate closely with the therapists in the practice and also work with therapists in the community.
Several Southampton Psychiatric Associates therapists have expertise in CBT, which is a relatively short-term, problem-focused form of therapy. CBT helps patients challenge negative thoughts and modify maladaptive behaviors. It requires active participation by patients and includes exercises to be completed between sessions. Some homework assignments involve pen-and-paper tasks while others are much more experiential and involve trying out new behaviors. Research has shown CBT to be very effective in the treatment of anxiety, mood, and eating disorders, among others.
Some Southampton Psychiatric Associates providers also offer a highly specialized form of CBT known as Exposure-Based Therapy for the treatment of anxiety disorders such as Phobias, Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Exposure-Based Therapy encompasses a set of techniques designed to eliminate avoidance and to promote alternative strategies for coping with anxiety.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Several providers at Southampton Psychiatric Associates have been trained in a specialized type of CBT known as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). This is a form of therapy that research has shown to be effective in treating emotional dysregulation and self-injurious behaviors, among other problems. DBT utilizes a skills training approach that helps patients learn to regulate their emotions and tolerate distress without maladaptive coping strategies. DBT also helps people live more mindfully and interact more effectively with others.
Psychodynamic Psycho-therapy focuses on the workings of an individual’s unconscious. It is based on the premise that insight can lead to meaningful changes in behavior and emotions. Clients explore childhood experiences and relationships in order to gain understanding of problematic behavior patterns. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy can be very effective in the treatment of mood disorders and relationship problems.
Play Therapy, practiced by some of the clinicians in the practice who work with young children, uses the therapeutic powers of play to help children work through interpersonal and psychosocial stressors. Children who are going through parental divorce, suffer from medical problems, have been sexually abused, or have survived a natural disaster are among the many children who may benefit from play therapy. Play therapy can also be helpful in altering problematic interpersonal dynamics such as sibling rivalry.