Services

MISSION STATEMENT

Bedford Family Therapy is dedicated to treating the family as a system. We believe individuals are interconnected with their families and the larger community. By integrating practice, theory, and evidence-based research, we strive to improve outcomes for individuals and their families who are dealing with emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues. We recognize diversity in our society and embrace a cross-cultural approach in support of the worth and dignity of each individual.  Through the use of a collaborative approach, your therapist will help you generate goals for therapy as well as solve problems more effectively.

PSYCHOTHERAPY

We provide family therapy, couples therapy, and individual psychotherapy in an outpatient, office-based setting. Our clinicians meet the highest standards of the profession for education and clinical experience. The therapeutic goal is to help you develop healthier and more satisfying relationships with others as well as yourself. We are committed to a treatment approach in which growth and development are best understood and promoted within the context of family and community relationships. Through the use of a collaborative approach, goals will be established, solutions will be generated, and problems will be solved. We will also help you gain skills in order to better manage and solve problems more effectively in the future.

EMDR

EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is an innovative form of therapy that links many successful elements of a variety of therapeutic approaches in combination with eye movements. The eye movements help to effectively stimulate the brain’s information processing system in order to access and process traumatic memories thus bringing them to an adaptive resolution.

This therapy can help with both the healing of psychological pain and physical discomfort related to trauma, depression, anxiety and self-esteem issues. It is used to accelerate the treatment of both upsetting past events and present life conditions. Controlled studies of victims of Vietnam combat, accidents, catastrophic loss, natural disasters and molestation indicate that this innovative method is capable of rapid desensitization of traumatic memories and a significant reduction of painful symptoms including emotional distress, uncomfortable thoughts, flashbacks and nightmares.

For more information about EMDR please ask your therapist at Bedford Family Therapy, and/or feel free to visit the EMDR Institute website at http://www.emdr.com

EFT

EFT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, is an effective therapy model and approach that focuses on creating and strengthening the emotional bond between partners.  It is empirically researched and supported with a wide variety of populations.  Based on attachment theory, it is known that the need to attach to a significant other is hard-wired.  Seeking and maintaining contact is a prime motivation in relationships.  However, sometimes these attempts to seek out contact with each other create negative patterns of interactions.  EFT aims to create stronger and more secure relationships by teaching partners to be open, attuned and responsive to each other with the main goal of reestablishing an emotional connection. 

For more information on EFT, feel free to go to http://www.ICEEFT.com

MEDICAL FAMILY THERAPY

As mental health professionals, who have worked in medical settings and have collaborated closely with health care professionals, we have learned that not only does the mind influence the body’s functioning, but the opposite is true as well. There are a variety of conditions in which the body influences the mind in ways that are very significant. It is useful to be aware of how one’s body influences emotional, psychological, and interpersonal functioning.

Biological or physical illnesses are often powerful “family members” that shape the life course of families as much as other factors. By inquiring about what illnesses the individual or their family member has had; what their style of coping is; how they make sense of the experiences and who was most/least involved with the person who is ill; we not only gain an understanding of how the family deals with illness but an understanding of how the family may deal with other forms of adversity as well.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG COUNSELING

An alcohol and drug abuse counselor works with individuals struggling with substance- use as well as family members in which alcohol or substances has been a part of their lives. When individuals struggling with substance or alcohol abuse or addiction seek out therapy, the main purpose is to find the root of the addiction and help progress into sobriety through counseling.  To help patients work past the addiction, counselors educate clients about addiction and teach them how to move on through life without substance abuse.  They help identify addiction-related behavior patterns and help confront behavioral and emotional issues that may be hindering progress.  Through treatment, our licensed alcohol and drug counselors will recommend a way to help lead clients into a sober living lifestyle,  fine-tuning the plan for recovery along the way.  Drug abuse counselors also help arrange additional mental health treatment and healthcare that may be needed.  Some may recommend inpatient care at a substance abuse residential center if they believe it is best for the patient.

GAIN ASSESSMENTS

GAIN assessments are a Global Appraisal of Individual Needs which can be performed by Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors.  The GAIN assessments are used by Federal and State court systems, probation departments, and both inpatient and outpatient treatment providers.  The GAIN is an evidence-based assessment used with both adolescents and adults which assesses eight core sections in order to better understand client’s recovery needs and make treatment recommendations.  The eight core sections (Background, Substance Use, Physical Health, Risk Behaviors and Disease Prevention, Mental and Emotional Health, Environment and Living Situation, Legal and Vocational) contain questions about the history and frequency of problems and substance use, breadth of symptoms, and recent prevalence.  The GAIN is covered by most insurance companies and those without insurance will be provided a self-pay rate.

HOME-BASED SERVICES

Bedford Family Therapy can provide home-based services to any individuals and families who are interested in such services, even in the absence of imminent harm to self or others. The home setting can provide an excellent context to observe family patterns and problems where they usually occur. Furthermore, addressing problems and changing patterns of interactions in the moment can provide families with the guidance and confidence they desire. Home-based services may be necessary throughout treatment or for a one-time assessment. Payment for home-based services is the responsibility of the client and is due at the time of service. The billing rate for these services is the same as the office-based hourly rate, plus travel time. Additional factors to consider include therapist availability, location, and clinical need.

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