At EBHA, our first step is to use treatment protocols that are backed by science as the first line of treatment. If that first line does not work as well as we would expect, then we may use other approaches to continue progress in treatment, especially focusing on other evidence-based approaches. When we are collaborating with you for treatment planning, we do our best to understand the history of how the symptoms first started, as well as any other treatments you may have had along your journey.
As you search for a provider to help you with your struggles, keep in mind that a clinician who adheres to evidence-based protocols is key to obtaining the most effective treatment available. Effective clinicians are able to provide treatment that adheres to the protocol with some flexibility. Sometimes a clinician might start therapy with only parts of a treatment protocol, along with parts of other therapies. This may lead to you not getting the full “dose” of the evidence-based treatment as it was studied. You can liken it to having an infection and needing an antibiotic. If you are prescribed 10 days of an antibiotic, but your pharmacist only gives you days 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9, it will likely not be as effective. We have had patients come to us telling us that they have been in treatment before, but after our assessment, we find that they did not receive the full evidence-based treatment. Only when the full treatment is provided can we determine if other approaches might be helpful.