The term “evidence-based” has become quite a buzzword in healthcare in recent years. Evidence-based treatment, evidence-based medicine, evidence-based practice – these terms all refer to a treatment approach that is rooted in science and in which providers look to the research literature to guide treatment planning and recommendations for clinical care. We at EBTCS believe that treatment that is based on science and tailored to the specific and unique needs of each individual improves quality of care and quality of life.
Although the appeal of evidence-based care might seem obvious (in fact, we all expect evidence-based care from our medical doctors), this type of care is not always provided in the mental health field. We often work with individuals who have seen a number of mental health providers and have never received state-of-the-art care for the specific problems they are experiencing.
At EBTCS, we place a high priority on accurate assessment of each client’s symptoms and presenting problems so that we can use the best science our field has to offer to identify appropriate treatment strategies. We believe it is important to educate our clients about what science tells us about the most effective treatments available for specific problems, as well as the limits of the science when solid research for a specific problem does not exist. Most important, we see treatment as a collaboration between experts – ourselves as the experts in evidence-based treatments for a range of problems and our clients as the experts on their own lives and the ways that they uniquely experience their symptoms and problems.
Simply put, at EBTCS we believe that when people seek mental health treatment they should get the treatments that research has shown to be effective. We also believe that these treatments should be delivered flexibly in order to meet the specific needs of each individual and that treatment should never feel like a “one size fits all” experience.