Client-centered means that the work is shaped by the client. It maintains that the client has the potential to be the best version of themself, and they set their own goals and desired outcomes. From a client-centered perspective, the therapist and the client are equal partners in the counseling process. The therapist is responsible for offering empathy and unconditional positive regard, holding healthy boundaries, withholding judgment, and managing their own reactions in the relationship.
Evidence-based means that the treatment is backed by scientific evidence. Common evidence-based treatments include: CBT and FBT for adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa, CBT and ACT for individuals dealing with depression and anxiety, DBT for those with PTSD, depression, and Borderline Personality Disorder, Intuitive Eating for those recovering from disordered eating, and CPT, PE, EMDR and IFS for those recovering from trauma.
We recognize that there are limitations to evidence based treatments. Trial populations may not be representative of all people, and the evaluation process, which considers symptom reduction, isn’t always justice informed (in other words, it doesn’t account for systems that harm).
Our therapists draw from modalities that are evidenced based, while at the same time, tailoring treatment to the individual, couple or family. When all is said and done, we aim to truly center the lived experience of the individual.
“A good therapist is able to weave the medical and mystical, the clinical and contemplative, the somatic and the spiritual, the neurobiological and the phenomenological, the verbal and the visceral” (@ryankuja).