We take an eclectic approach to therapy by drawing on aspects of various therapeutic methods to create a custom approach. We work with each individual client to create a treatment plan that will utilize different techniques from various therapeutic methods to address the client’s problems and needs.
Some of the most common therapeutic methods we use are cognitive behavioral, humanistic, solution focused brief therapy, and reality therapy.
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy is problem focused and goal oriented. CBT examines the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behavior. This therapeutic approach believes that our own thoughts cause us to feel a certain way instead of other people or events. While using this therapeutic model, the therapist works in collaboration with the client to help change dysfunctional thoughts into a more functional and positive way of thinking. This process would involve identifying negative and dysfunctional thoughts, testing reality, and then correcting the client’s thought patterns so the client can feel and act in a healthier and positive manner.
The humanistic method emphasizes the uniqueness of each individual and focuses on a positive view of human nature. While using this method, the therapist focuses on a non-judgmental and empathetic therapeutic relationship. The client and therapist work together to explore creativity, love, and client- directed growth to work toward achieving personal goals.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Solution focused therapy has an emphasis on the client’s future and their goals instead of their problems or mental health issues. During sessions, the therapist focuses on the successes the client has had in the past. Then the client and therapist work together to build upon those strengths to help the client achieve their ideal vision of their future.
Reality therapy emphasizes a person’s choice in their behavior and that we cannot control anyone else’s behavior but our own. This theory focuses on the present, relationships with other people, and the client’s strengths. When working under this model, the therapist teaches clients to avoid criticizing, complaining, blaming, and using excuses. The therapist teaches clients how to analyze their own behavior to see if it is helping them achieve their goals. The client and therapist work on making specific workable plans to reconnect with people they need. Then they work on following through with the plan, evaluating the progress made on the goals, and revising the plan as needed until the goal has been achieved.