Therapeutic Modalities


Just as no two women are alike, the best therapy methods for you may look different than what’s best for your peers. The professionals at Willow House understand the importance of therapy that best aligns with your specific needs and goals, which is why there’s a wide range of trusted therapeutic modalities available.


When someone mentions therapy, an image that immediately springs to mind is someone lying on a couch, sharing intimate thoughts and feelings, while someone dutifully takes notes. While talk therapy can be a valuable tool, for some patients talking through something isn’t enough to reach the subconscious parts of the mind affected by trauma. Psychodrama is an active, creative approach that uses role playing and guided storytelling to identify, explore, and recognize triggers that drive dysfunctional behavior. It also helps patients learn the skills of emotional regulation, which allows them to bring themselves back into balance whenever they feel triggered or overwhelmed by stress and emotion.
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Somatic Experiencing®

Used to treat both shock trauma (caused by a single traumatic event or near-death experience) and developmental trauma (distress that occurs during childhood development), the goal of Somatic Experiencing® is establishing a natural flow between mind and body. By working toward the stabilization of emotional and physiological distress — two approaches that support each other in the healing process — the patient learns how to move forward in a healthier way with emotional self-regulation.
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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an effective, safe, and state-of-the-art method that helps treat unresolved emotional trauma by helping change the way the brain responds to external stimuli. By employing various sensory techniques, the bodily and emotional reactions to the trauma are alleviated. In many cases, a greater overall sense of wellness has been reported.
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Small Group Sessions

It’s always helpful to know you’re not alone in your struggles, which is why small group sessions are such an integral part of treatment at Willow House. Feeling connected alleviates so much of the shame and stigma and helps create a supportive environment where women can learn from each other’s struggles and successes. In addition to promoting self-awareness and fostering the learning process, these small group sessions help build a support network, not to mention lifelong friendships, that are so crucial in recovery.
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12-Step Model

Recovery is a life-long journey, and the 12-Step model provides a safe, anonymous setting to be heard and supported. Not only will patients be able to identify the situations that led them to addiction, but they will hear from other people who’ve been there and understand the unique struggles. By having their physical, mental, and spiritual needs met (an integral component of the 12 Steps), the tools acquired here help prevent relapse, teach better self-control, and encourage lasting recovery. There’s also a sense of continuity when regular 12-Step meeting attendance continues post-treatment.
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