The EMPWR Program offers time-limited mental health services based on up-to-date research and literature to ensure the most effective clinical interventions are being delivered to patients. EMPWR is an academic teaching clinic for advanced UCLA Psychiatry and Psychology clinical trainees.
Therapeutic interventions offered are variations of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and include individual therapy, group therapy, and family interventions. Psychotherapy modalities include trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS), CBT for anxiety and depression, resilience skills training, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills training.
Psychiatric evaluations and integrated medication management services are also available for UCLA Health patients. Evaluations for letters of readiness are also offered.
EMPWR Programs focus on managing challenges and building key skills that support resilience. Resilience describes a person’s ability to overcome stressors and handle tough situations.
EMPWR’s services are rooted in CBT and include:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychological treatment that clinical studies repeatedly show to be effective for treating a wide range of mental health concerns, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and post-traumatic stress. Many studies suggest that CBT is as effective, or more effective, than other psychological treatments or psychiatric medications. CBT treatment is guided by the assumption that thoughts, feelings, and actions are interconnected and highly dependent upon one another.
The way a situation is perceived, and the thoughts connected to it, can strongly influence the emotional reaction. Within this model, mental health difficulties (e.g., anxiety, depression) and distress are believed to be due, in part, to engaging in harmful ways of thinking and unhelpful patterns of behaving. CBT treatment involves learning how to recognize and change thinking patterns, gain more helpful and adaptive perspectives, as well as efforts to change behavioral patterns.