Center for Integrated Behavioral Health in Downtown Bethlehem is proud to reveal our new website created by J Taylor Design. Our new website highlights our specialty programs offering cutting edge, research informed assessment and treatment for a wide range of emotional and behavioral difficulties.

As a group, we are passionate about improving the lives of our clients through scientifically valid treatment. Our new website, blog, and social media efforts are designed to better communicate with the public about the benefits of cognitive-behavioral therapy and the value of evidence-based assessment and treatment in mental health.

Why Specialty Treatment?

The field has evolved in identifying best practice for the treatment of specific presenting problems/disorders. Unfortunately, the dissemination of these treatments has been slow at best outside university-sponsored clinics and programs. For example, the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) differs greatly from the treatment for somebody suffering from severe depression, and even greater for somebody diagnosed with an Eating Disorder. At Center for Integrated Behavioral Health, we are committed to hiring top professionals with the passion and expertise to correctly diagnose and utilize the most up to date scientific evidence to help our clients create a full and meaningful life.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a comprehensive system of psychotherapy that is goal focused and targets skill development to alter problematic behavior patterns. Clients are taught a range of strategies and provided with between session assignments and coaching to help generalize skills to daily life. CBT can be administered in a variety of formats including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and parent training. CBT is a form of therapy that differs from traditional psychotherapy, in that the therapist and client will actively work together to change problematic patterns; providing education, direction, and targeted assignments. Simply, CBT emphasizes change as clients are taught to “become their own therapist” and treatment is much shorter than traditional psychodynamic approaches.

Scientific studies of CBT have demonstrated its effectiveness for a wide variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties including mood disorders (depression/anger), anxiety disorders (worry, fear, post traumatic stress), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, and sleep disorders. Around the world, CBT is considered a front line treatment for many of the most common mental health related problems, such as depression and anxiety. New technologies (Brain scans) have observed that CBT alters brain activity in people who receive this treatment, and long-term studies demonstrate its effectiveness over time.  CBT emphasizes the empirical study of its concepts and continues to evolve specialized treatments as new technologies help advance our knowledge. Center for Integrated Behavioral Health’s specialty programs will remain on the forefront of these advances.