To provide comprehensive, cutting edge, research-supported treatment
At CMC we are committed to the science of change. Evidence-based treatments, particularly motivational and cognitive-behavioral, are central to our practice and mission. While the traditional treatment community has long relied on ideologically-driven approaches (e.g., 12-step) – despite limited evidence of effectiveness – motivational and cognitive–behavioral approaches have achieved a robust track record of success over the last twenty years. They are rated as the most effective treatments available. Clients report high appreciation and acceptance of motivational approaches, while cognitive-behavioral interventions are effective across a wide spectrum of problems, help sustain the effects of treatment, and reduce the severity of relapses when they occur.
To provide multiple paths and options for change
One size does not fit all. At CMC we recognize that there are many paths to positive change. Evidence shows that people are more likely to embrace a course of action—to value, enjoy, and maintain new ways of living—when they have chosen that path themselves. We are less interested in telling clients what they should do, and more interested in helping them find a path that is consistent with their values and goals.
To work with all clients considering change (whether or not they are actually “ready” to begin changing)
It is our commitment to help those who are just beginning to consider change as well as those who have fully decided. Ambivalence is natural, reasonable, and to be expected, both in the beginning and down the road. Reasons to change also vary from person to person. We help people weigh the costs and benefits of their current behavior (the costs may be obvious, yet they wouldn’t be doing it if there weren’t some benefit), and realistically evaluate the costs and benefits of change. We know that change is a long-term, sometimes bumpy process, and we endeavor to help our clients persevere. We also only use treatment techniques that encourage and cultivate the change process rather than stalling or actually ending it (e.g., confrontation).
To develop a customized plan for change based on client circumstances and goals
At CMC, many paths to change mean a plan that fits each person’s needs. Flexibility is the key to helping. We are prepared to help people address the variety of compulsive behaviors, substance-related problems, and emotional issues that often complicate change. We offer a range of services and specializations. We also work with a wide variety of collaborating providers (both inpatient and outpatient) to whom we freely refer for services that complement each individual’s primary course of treatment.
To respect each client’s integrity, dignity, and choice
Compulsive behaviors are problems for people; they are not the whole person. We appreciate the potential for change in each person, no matter how much they are struggling or what stage of change they’re in. We help people feel empowered and attracted to change, instead of telling them they must earn it. And we offer a private treatment setting that is welcoming and encouraging to clients, with confidentiality a priority.
To continually develop a staff of dedicated and accomplished psychologists
Good treatment requires good therapists. Good evidence-based treatment requires therapists dedicated to understanding the best, most current research, and capable of doing what works. It’s an exciting time in our field. Clinicians at CMC are highly trained, experienced professionals committed to learning, growing, and honing our expertise in light of empirical evidence. We put science into practice, and we care deeply about what we do.