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Clinical services at Northeast Ohio Behavioral Health Ltd. begin with a thorough assessment of client needs, problem areas, and potential treatment goals. After the initial assessment is conducted, the treatment approach that is utilized is tailored to the client. There is no “one size fits all” for treatment.

Many clients benefit from a cognitive-behavioral approach to treatment (CBT), and all of the Clinical Staff members of NEOBH are proficient with this evidence-based treatment modality. In CBT, the beliefs and feelings held by the client are closely examined, and thought processes are analyzed so that a healthy approach to problem solving can be developed. Many common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, can be effectively treated with a Cognitive-Behavioral approach.

Some clients require specific skill-building in order to resolve their difficulties. Thus, the Clinical Staff of NEOBH often assist clients with the development of Anger Management, Relaxation and Assertion Skills. Children with peer-related problems also benefit from assistance with the development of age-appropriate Social Skills. Parents of children with difficult behaviors often need help to learn effective Parenting Skills. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) helps adolescent and adult clients with the development of a special set of skills that can help them successfully manage emotions and cope with stress more effectively. In DBT clients learn about “triggers” that give rise to problematic thoughts, feelings and reactions that lead to patterns of behavior that are not helpful. Clients learn various coping strategies and learn to become aware of which coping skills might be used in different situations. DBT is often successful when other forms of treatment have not been helpful. Clients struggling with mood disorders, suicidal/self-harming behaviors, substance abuse and chronic patterns of emotional reactivity are often more successful when DBT techniques are included within the treatment process.  

Still other clients require the involvement of other people, in order to make their treatment most effective. Sometimes, problematic relationships require a Family or Marital Therapy approach.

Trauma treatment is an important area of clinical focus at NEOBH. Members of the Clinical Staff have invested in the training, education and experience necessary to become proficient in several methods of Trauma-Focused Treatment. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (TF-CBT), Sensory Integration Treatment for Children, Adolescents and Parents (SITCAP) and EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) are the primary trauma treatment models used at NEOBH. All of these treatment methods are Evidence-Based Practices. This means that these treatment methods have been thoroughly studied and have been proven by repeated research to be the methods most effective in resolving trauma -related symptoms.

Finally, children with various types of problems often require a treatment modality that uses the special “language” of play in order to help them with self-expression. Play Therapy utilizes art and play materials, such as puppets, toward the resolution of various concerns. For all children in treatment at NEOBH, close coordination with the child’s parent/caregiver is considered an essential element. Caregivers are provided with special consultation regarding treatment progress, and are instructed as to how they can assist the child in between therapy sessions.

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