Modern Health’s model is grounded in evidence-based approaches. These approaches are primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has decades of research showing its efficacy for the treatment of a range of disorders, including depression and anxiety.
The key principles of CBT are:
- Identifying the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
- Changing unhelpful patterns
- Developing enduring skills
- Being active and goal-oriented
- Focusing on the present
- Measuring outcomes and keeping treatment focused and time-limited
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT, pronounced Act) is a “third-wave” cognitive behavioral therapy. It has extensive research support and shares all the features of traditional CBT described above. In addition, ACT emphasizes the importance of understanding and living according to our values, has mindfulness at its foundation, and helps develop psychological flexibility so that we can better respond to the demands of life and act in a way that brings us meaning and fulfillment. We at Modern Health believe strongly in incorporating these key principles of ACT into our offerings because at its core, ACT is de-stigmatizing, empowering, and applicable to anyone in any situation, regardless of where they are starting. It can be equally meaningful and effective for someone struggling with depression, to someone hoping to improve their relationships, or become even more successful at work.
Our favorite definition of mindfulness is “non-judgmental awareness of the present moment." Mindfulness is a type of meditation where you are asked to focus on whatever is happening in the present moment (often the breath or body) and let go of judgments about yourself or your experience. You can practice mindfulness formally (sitting and paying attention to the breath or body for a few minutes) or informally (paying attention to your senses as you engage in an activity like brushing your teeth). Mindfulness is a skill that develops over time with more practice and can help you feel more calm, concentrate better, and respond with more kindness (in addition to a whole bunch of other benefits).