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Our Therapeutic Approach

The therapists at Budd Therapy believe in a holistic approach to therapy, understanding that issues can affect us physically, emotionally, and mentally.  Looking at the entire picture allows us to find the best therapeutic methods to best help you.


Our therapeutic methods include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and other holistic approaches in order to help heal issues can affect us physically, emotionally, and mentally. 


Looking at the entire picture allows us to find the best therapeutic methods to best help you.

This type of therapy is brief, focused and evidence-based, designed to move the negative memories out of the present working memory and into past memory.

Trauma Work

Understanding how trauma whether a single incident or many incidents affect the way we see ourselves in our environment.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

This type of therapy focuses on the belief system.  Our thoughts affect our beliefs which in turn affect our actions.

  • What can I expect?
    Therapy begins with an intake, a few sessions spent getting to know each other and exploring what you need and want. During the intake, you will be asked about your family, your social life, your education and your work, as well as your family history and what you want to work on. Based on the intake, we will work together to identify what you want to work on or change. Each treatment plan is customized to the client with the center being what the client wants to change.
  • What is "the therapeutic relationship" and why is it important?
    The therapeutic relationship is extremely important for the work we do. Our goal is to provide you with a safe and secure space that will allow you to explore those things that are troubling you, because if you are not comfortable or don’t feel that you can talk about anything then it will be very difficult to make change. Part of that therapeutic relationship is confidentiality. Anything we speak about is confidential, except if a child is being hurt, or if you are threatening to hurt yourself or someone else. If I meet you in the community, I will not acknowledge you unless you speak to me first. If someone referred you that was a client, I will not acknowledge that either. It is important for you to be comfortable with your therapist's style of counseling and if you aren't, that is okay. If you are struggling for any reason, please let us know and we will help you find someone else who may be the right fit. The most important thing is that you get the help you are looking for.
  • How does therapy work?
    Therapy is about you, the role of the therapist is to ask the questions that help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Whether this is the first time you are seeking help or have been working with others before; you will find our approach to be different. We will not keep quiet or only ask you “how does that make you feel”; nor will we tell you what you should do or think. We give suggestions based on what has worked for other clients and then you decide if it fits. You are the only one who lives your life; therefore only you know what feels right or what will work. We will ask you questions and help you explore, but will not tell you what you should do.
  • How long does therapy take?
    The length of therapy depends on you and what you want to work on. For example, using EMDR can shorten the time we work together, but it depends on your motivation for change and the goals you are working on. Some clients will work on a few issues, stop for a while, and then come back. Others are able to affect change in a short period of time. It all depends on you, and what you want.


Our Story

Our Name and Mission

Budd Therapy group is a homage to my grandmother,  Harriet S Budd.  Harriet  was a selfless, giving person who overcame tragedies in her life and still gave compassion and empathy to all she met.  She always had a kind word for everyone.


Harriet was born in Canada in the 1800s, I don’t know much of her early years, but she met my grandfather and she always said she knew immediately he was the love of her life. They had four children, one being my mother and they lived on Staten Island.  When my mother was 11 years old her older sister Dora was lighting a firecracker when her dress caught on fire, and she was burned over most of her body.  My grandmother nursed her for a year before she died.  Shortly after that my grandfather was blinded by an explosion at work and they moved to the country in New Jersey.  My mother would tell stories of the family not having any money and my grandmother making and selling bread or taking care of neighbors who were sick.  As a child I can remember my grandmother caring for those who were sick or elderly.  She never lost her temper, never showed any frustration; she always showed kindness and love.

Budd Therapy is a tribute to my grandmother, it is my way of continuing her work.  She taught me to care for others; to treat everyone with kindness and compassion.  She taught me to always lend a helping hand especially when people are struggling. 


Budd Therapy follows that mission: to provide anyone with a safe and compassionate place to heal. 

~ Sue Henderson Tepper, Founder of Budd Therapy

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