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BLOG POST 3 - JANUARY 2017

An individual came to see me for therapy several weeks ago. They described a long history of anxiety in the form of generalized worry, difficulty with sleep and irritability with nearly everyone in their life- family, friends, co-workers. They shared that, although they had been working with a therapist for the past year, it was unclear if it had been helpful. In fact, this person had difficulty articulating exactly what they had been working on in therapy at all, "We talk. I give them an update on my problems week-to-week, and they make suggestions and provide support to me along the way."
 
I have heard similar comments from my clients before and have often worried about the impact of these therapy experiences on their long-term efforts to stay engaged and continue working towards their personal recovery goals-surely after a year of treatment without known benefit it must be difficult to feel as if improvement is possible. I also worry about these experiences in therapy to the extent that they truly misrepresent what therapy is, and how it should work.
 
The bottom line is that therapy participants are generally better off than those who chose not to attend; however, for the vast majority of therapists in practice nationally, very few rely on an evidence-based practice-one that has been demonstrated to be effective within multiple clinical trials. What's more, far fewer therapists routinely measure and regularly monitor their client's treatment response using standardized scales to help guide their interventions and to continually engage their clients about what's working and what is not to hasten their treatment response. Instead, many therapists rely on instinct, life experience and intuition to guide their practice and evaluation of their client's treatment response—A practice which has been demonstrated to be often unhelpful and inaccurate. 
 
Restorative Health differentiates itself from traditional therapy by providing both evidence-based treatment, and by continually monitoring client response to treatment. All of our providers, regardless of their training and years of experience, regularly participate in training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and receive ongoing case supervision to advance their psychotherapy skills. Each provider at Restorative Health is uniquely trained to administer, interpret and discuss with his or her clients the results of our routine clinical outcome monitoring using standardized scales. Such a practice enables us to quickly identify whether our practice with each individual is yielding results, or if we need to modify our work to improve, and very quickly meet their needs. 
 
Our goal at Restorative Health is to deliver the highest quality of evidence-based, outcome informed care and in doing so, to reduce the stigma and promote the efficacy of psychotherapy across our community. We want everyone who utilizes our services to see results that matter.