Our primary mission is to empower our clients to take control of challenging/ difficult areas in their lives through the use of skill-based, present-focused, goal-oriented, and scientifically-proven treatments.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The primary treatment approach utilized at CHH is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Developed in the 1960’s and created by Dr. Aaron T. Beck, CBT was the first form of psychotherapy to be empirically examined. Early examination of CBT showed efficacy for the treatment of depression. It has since developed into the most empirically-supported form of psychotherapy. While it is the gold standard treatment for depressive disorders, CBT has been adapted into effective treatment models for anxiety disorders, eating disorders, perfectionism, substance abuse, and many other psychiatric disorders and clinical issues. Models have also been adapted to adolescents and children populations.

CBT as a psychotherapy is scientific in nature, and it is problem-centered, goal-focused, and strength-based. Although it is not exclusive to the practice, CBT is typically time-limited and present-focused. CBT therapists strongly value the therapeutic relationship and strive to create a safe, supportive environment that is conducive to active collaboration between the client and clinician. This relationship is the primary vehicle for change.

The practice of CBT is grounded in the theory that our perceptions and interpretations of events largely impact our emotional experiences and behavioral responses. The basic premise of CBT is that our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors function in a cyclical relationship, impacting one another interdependently. As individuals, we all have our own unique stories that shape the way we view the world, others, and ourselves.

Therefore, the primary strategy in CBT is to increase insight into our perceptions. By creating more helpful and realistic interpretations, our emotional distress can be lowered and our behavioral responses can be more adaptive and effective. Another primary strategy in CBT is behavior change and alternative ways of coping. By embarking upon experiences that create new learning, our previously held perceptions can be challenged in ways that will impact future interpretations and emotional experiences.

CBT is often used as “an umbrella” that encompasses various types of cognitive-behavioral models. Although the clinicians at CHH were formally trained in more traditional CBT, they utilize interventions from Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and exposure therapy models.

Supporting a loved one in recovery during the holiday

Supporting a loved one in recovery during the holiday

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Setting yourself up for success during the holiday season

Setting yourself up for success during the holiday season

Written by Amanda Turco, Therapist The holidays are fast approaching, which comes with both excitement and for many, some (or a lot of) anxiety. Holidays are centered around food, celebration, and family and friends. For those struggling, it can also be a time centered around a change in routine, triggers, and intrusive thoughts. You may… […]

Magical Thinking OCD

Magical Thinking OCD

Written by Paulina Syracuse, Advanced Doctoral Extern Scene 1: You’re taking a walk with your loved one when, all of the sudden, you have a thought of your loved one getting into an accident and dying. Your anxiety and fear spikes at the thought and possibility of this terrible event occurring. To reduce this anxiety,… […]

Trusting yourself in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Trusting yourself in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Written by Amanda Turco, Therapist Our practice uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), an evidenced based model of treatment that has been studied and proven to be effective in treating many mental health diagnoses. With the mindset that therapy should not be a forever thing, we want to provide you with the skills you need to… […]

Eating disorders and the pandemic

Eating disorders and the pandemic

By Amanda Turco, Therapist As I reflect on the past year and the clients that have come to work with me, I can’t help but notice a trend. “When did you start noticing this become a problem?” I ask. “During the pandemic” is the most frequent answer. The pandemic has caused all types of mental… […]

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Ardmore, PA 19003

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