Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy stresses the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. It is based on the belief that thoughts, rather than other people or events, cause our negative feelings. The therapist assists the client in identifying, testing the reality of, and correcting dysfunctional beliefs underlying his or her thinking. The therapist then helps the client modify those thoughts and the behaviors that flow from them. CBT is a structured collaboration between therapist and client and often calls for homework assignments. CBT has been clinically proven to help clients in a relatively short amount of time with a wide range of disorders, including depression and anxiety. Read more
EMDR therapists help people recover from the effects of disturbing life experience by addressing the disturbance as it is being stored in memory. EMDR allows the disturbing information to be reprocessed adaptively so it no longer contributes to pain and dysfunction. Read more
Existential psychotherapy is based on the belief that human beings overcome difficulty by meaningfully exercising the freedom to choose. The existential therapist encourages clients to face difficulty by openly exploring a full range of choices, making a decision and taking full responsibility for the consequences of that decision. Therapy sessions tend to focus on the present and future rather than the past. Read more
Therapists must respect the spirituality of their clients to effectively respond to their concerns. Being explicit about the spiritual dimension of human experience enables the therapist to interact within the spiritual orientation of the client. For clients who identify faith as a central value in their lives, the effective therapist must honor that value and be able to identify authentically with the client’s beliefs.
Family and Marital therapists work with families or couples both together and individually to help them improve their communication skills, build on the positive aspects of their relationships, and repair the harmful or negative aspects. Read more
Many practitioners take an eclectic approach to therapy, drawing upon various counseling theories, models and methods to create a custom-made approach. Such therapists make every effort to develop a treatment plan that uses a wide range of interventions to best address the particular difficulty and to consider the individual style of thought, behavior and emotional expression of each client.