Therapy Definitions

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a short-term therapy technique that can help people find new ways to behave by changing their thought patterns. Engaging with CBT can help people reduce stress, cope with complicated relationships, deal with grief, and face many other common life challenges.

Crisis Intervention (On Demand Therapy) – Crisis intervention is focused on minimizing the stress of the event, providing emotional support and improving the individual’s coping strategies in the here and now. Like psychotherapy, crisis counseling involves assessment, planning, and treatment, but the scope is generally much more specific. Crisis intervention is a time-limited intervention with a specific psychotherapeutic approach to immediately stabilize those in crisis.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy – Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy. It is an evidence-based psychotherapy that began with efforts to treat borderline personality disorder. There is evidence that DBT can be useful in treating mood disorders, suicidal ideation, and for change in behavioral patterns such as self-harm, and substance abuse. Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others.

Emotion Focused Therapy – Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) is a therapeutic approach based on the premise that emotions are key to identity. According to EFT, emotions are also a guide for individual choice and decision making. This type of therapy assumes that lacking emotional awareness or avoiding unpleasant emotions can cause harm.

Person Centered Therapy – Person-centered therapy is talk therapy wherein the client does most of the talking. Your therapist will not judge or try to interpret what you say, but may restate your words in an attempt to fully understand your thoughts and feelings. It is used to facilitate personal growth and development. Eliminate or mitigate feelings of distress. Increase self-esteem and openness to experience.

Reality Therapy – Reality therapy is a client-centered form of cognitive behavioral psychotherapy that focuses on improving present relationships and circumstances, while avoiding discussion of past events. It is a form of therapy that aims to help people with unmet needs, set goals, problem solve, and create more meaningful connections with others.

Solution Focused Therapy – Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) places focus on a person’s present and future circumstances and goals rather than past experiences.

Strength Based Therapy – Strength-based therapy is a type of positive psychotherapy  that focuses more on your internal strengths and resourcefulness, and less on weaknesses, failures, and shortcomings. … A positive attitude, in turn, can help your expectations of yourself and others become more reasonable. It is a philosophy and a way of viewing clients as resourceful and resilient in the face of adversity.

Structural Family Therapy – Structural family therapy (SFT) is a treatment that addresses patterns of interaction that create problems within families. Mental health issues are viewed as signs of a dysfunctional family; therefore, the focus of treatment is on changing the family structure rather than changing individual family members.

Trauma Focused Therapy – Trauma-Focused Therapy is a specific approach to therapy that recognizes and emphasizes understanding how the traumatic experience impacts a person’s  mental, behavioral, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.

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