Evidence-based Treatment

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Evidence-Based Treatment and Care:  We focus on improving lives in our community by offering treatment for many common psychological problems impacting families, students, and young adults, specializing in evidence-based and effective behavioral and cognitive behavioral treatments (CBT) for: 

  • Child behavioral and conduct problems 
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 
  • Test anxiety 
  • Trauma-based problems, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 
  • School avoidance 
  • Depression 
  • Social and specific phobias 
  • Selective mutism and trichotillomania 
  • Generalized anxiety and panic 

PTSD and Trauma-focused treatment/intervention: We provide a comprehensive evaluation of a range of issues and problems encountered by children, families, and adults who have survived traumatic events. Our evaluations and treatments include collaboration with families, spouses, schools, and other healthcare providers when appropriate.  

We are motivated to deliver the highest quality science-based clinical care in a warm, supportive, and collaborative environment.

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  • What is evidence-based treatment (EBT)?

    Simply put, evidence-based treatments (EBT) are treatments that have been found to work when studied in scientific comparisons. In other words, they have been found to reduce symptoms, and in some cases eliminate symptoms, when compared to other active treatments.

    In the early 1990’s, the evidence-based medicine health care movement became formalized. The purpose of the movement was to help standardize the delivery of health care and protect against potentially unhelpful and poorly studied interventions. In the mental health arena, this movement became represented by the terms evidence-based treatments, or evidence-based practices (EBPs).  

    Typically, an evidence-based treatment undergoes rigorous and multiple comparisons before being labeled as an EBT. There is not one EBT for mental health, rather different diagnoses or problems have different EBTs associated with them.

    Not all diagnoses or problems are associated with an EBT, though many are. Not all providers are equally trained in EBTs and some treatments not specifically designated as evidence-based can still be effective.  However, when available, evidence-based treatments should be the front-line treatment choice for children or individuals in need of services.  

    Most evidence-based treatments involve behavioral or cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT). In these types of interventions clinicians work with individuals or families to identify the specific behaviors and thoughts that are associated with a diagnosis or groups of problems. They also take time to build healthy working relationships and establish good communication and common goals. Often behavioral homework is given to help the client break habits contributing to the problem, to gain insights, and to acquire new skills. 

    This doing-oriented treatment modality is a nice compliment to a warm, supportive, empathetic, and positive therapeutic relationship. It helps to ensure that gains and skills acquired during active treatment remain effective even after treatment has stopped. 

    Here at the University of Virginia's Sheila C. Johnson Center, we are dedicated to bringing the most effective treatments and EBTs to Charlottesville community families and individuals.