“The best is yet to come”
Some skills that I am passionate about are based on a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach. The CBT approach focuses on identifying negative and dysfunctional behaviors and thoughts, and replacing them with healthy behaviors and goals that work for the client. CBT views life through the lens of both past and current relationships and how they have played a part in creating who the person has become. Each individual’s personality is also a large consideration when using the CBT approach.
Another therapy approach I find beneficial is Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), particularly for clients who struggle with social skills and social settings. IPT focuses on goals, created to motivate individuals to reach outside of their comfort zone. IPT is very beneficial for individuals who have lost a loved one and may be isolating themselves, for those experiencing divorce, or for those who struggle with the complexities of relationships. IPT encompasses current, and past, relationships, and is also particularly effective in group counseling setting.
Family Systems Therapy (FST) focuses on current, and past, family dynamics and relationships. It encompasses complex “systems” within a family unit, such as behaviors and relationships. An individuals’ role within a family, as well as their emotional and developmental experiences, impact all aspects of their life and the choices they make. Motivational Therapy (MT) focuses on helping clients examine current behaviors and how they, potentially, affect their inability to reach desired goals. In this context, the counselor and the client work together to identify negative behaviors and to determine healthy behaviors instead. The counselor and the client also determine which goals may be unrealistic or unattainable.
Narrative Therapy is, in my opinion, one of the most powerful and beneficial therapy methods for clients. It is a wonderful method for clients of almost any age. Narrative therapy focuses on journaling, and it provides an individual with an opportunity to express themselves in their own way. During narrative therapy, clients find their own voice, and narrate their own experiences. In addition, clients are encouraged to explore alternative outcomes to their story. What would your story say about you? Which chapters would you like to change? What is still left to be written in the story of your life? These approaches are just a few examples, and you may find one or more particularly helpful for you. Therapy methods are based on the individual’s needs, and goals, and I will help you explore the options which will help your life your life to its fullest potential.