Behavioral Health Therapies in Reading, PA

A hallmark of treatment for mental illness is therapy. The expert care teams at Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania provide advanced, innovative therapies designed relieve troubling symptoms and promote holistic recovery. We believe there is no one-size-fits-all approach, so we’ll work with you to assess how to best meet your individual needs.

Your customized treatment plan may include group, family or individual therapy. Types of therapy may include traditional methods like cognitive behavioral therapy and psychotherapy, or alternative therapies such as music therapy, recreational therapy or animal-assisted therapy.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on the premise that thoughts, not situations or events, cause our feelings and behaviors. When you believe your harmful thoughts are reality, that can lead to self-destructive behavior. With the help of a trained therapist, you can begin to recognize irrational thoughts and learn ways to challenge those notions or unlearn them. When you recognize that your beliefs are not facts, you can better cope when negative thoughts or feelings arise.

CBT can be effective for a wide variety of mental illnesses, including mood disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, and psychosis. For many patients with depression, CBT has been shown to be as helpful as antidepressant medication.

Alternative Therapies

Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania offers alternative therapies to supplement traditional types of therapy. These include yoga, music therapy, recreational therapy, and pet therapy.

The stretching and movement of yoga practice have been shown to ease not only physical tension but also mental stress. Music therapy helps decrease anxiety, reduce muscle tension and, in some cases, increase socialization. Recreational therapy, or therapeutic recreation, use arts and crafts, sports or other hands-on activities to promote mental health and wellness.

If you’ve ever had a pet, you know the therapeutic benefits that type of companionship can provide. Animal-assisted therapy has been shown to improve mood, lower anxiety, reduce feelings of loneliness and sadness and enhance positive social interactions. It can be especially effective for those with depression, schizophrenia, and addiction.

In all our therapy programs, we’ll let you know what you can expect from treatment, including estimated time commitment and possible results. To find what types of therapy might be a good fit for you, call us to schedule an assessment at 610-406-4346.