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The Power of Women-Centered Treatment Groups

Prior to the 1970s, there was little recognition of the specific, separate needs of women and men in mental health treatment. The troubles and anxieties of both genders had been often grouped together in the development of mental health care models for most of the 20th century—regardless of inequalities in economic and social life, hormonal fluctuations, and the various (and significant) differences between how each sex experienced depression. Over the decades that followed the Women’s Movement of the ‘70s, greater recognition emerged for the variables influencing the treatment for men and women, and distinct tracks began to form for women seeking gender-specific support. Our founder, Dr. Merhi Moore, started THIRA to offer intensive, focused, and individualized mental health treatment for women and girls grappling with anxiety and...

Tips for Self-Soothing with Your Basic Senses

By Dr. Mehri Moore At THIRA Health, much of the work we do is built around dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), a modified form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that was developed in the 1980s by University of Washington researcher and professor of psychology and psychiatry and behavioral sciences Dr. Marsha Linehan. DBT is grounded in the idea that certain individuals have a lower tolerance for distress than others, and thus are more prone to having intense emotional responses to seemingly ordinary circumstances. These individuals are quick to respond to stressful stimuli, have a more pronounced than average response to such stimuli, and tend to be very slow in their return to a baseline mental/emotional state. By building patient's’ skill-sets in four areas – mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress...

Women-Focused Facilities for Sustainable Recovery

By Dr. Mehri Moore Since founding THIRA Health, a clinic in Bellevue, Washington, offering intensive, focused, and individualized mental health treatment for women and girls grappling with anxiety and depression, one of the most frequent questions I receive is, “Why a women-focused facility?” Though there are a number of convincing arguments to be made in response to this question, in my view the answer comes down to the very nature of mental illness itself. After spending decades working with patients suffering from eating disorders – some 90% of whom experienced a co-occurring psychiatric disorder like anxiety or depression – I realized that the underlying issues plaguing a majority of my female patients revolved first and foremost around the development of the self. The Double-Bind  As I’ve written before, women...

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