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Evidenced Based Therapeutic Approaches

Counseling and Psychotherapy can assist clients in becoming aware of their emotional state, so they can know when they are experiencing stress, anxiety, feelings of being overwhelmed, depression and other difficult emotions.
Client can learn to express their thoughts and feelings safely to themselves and others in order to become aware of and protect their personal boundaries.

In a safe environment, the client can learn to separate the past from the present on an emotional level, so that they can experience their emotional responses based on their present needs, rather than on their past trauma being re-triggered and replayed.
Clients can learn how to meet their emotional needs in a safe, healthy and satisfying way, rather than suppressing their needs to protect an attachment. 

In the realm of mental health and well-being, various therapeutic approaches cater to diverse needs and concerns. Each type of therapy is a unique tool in the mental health toolbox, offering individuals a tailored path to self-discovery, growth, and healing. From Brainspotting to Mindfulness-Based Therapy, let’s explore the power-packed world of therapeutic modalities that can transform lives.

Brainspotting
Bringing focus to the connection between mind and body, Brainspotting is a therapeutic technique that delves into the sensory experiences tied to emotional challenges. By identifying “brainspots,” therapists assist individuals in processing and releasing deep-seated traumas.  How it works:  Brainspotting (BSP) is a talk therapy that reveals a client’s unprocessed traumas through fixed eye positions. Specific eye positions each link to their own “brainspot,” an area of the mind that retains thoughts and emotions. Clients fixate on troubling brainspots to uncover hidden mental challenges.Brain spotting works on the premise that where we look effects the way we feel. Just as we scan the outside world with our eyes we can also use the eyes to access memories, feelings and stored up and unreleased body trauma, by using Brainspotting techniques we allow the body to respond or unfold to the memory.

Clinical Supervision and Licensed Supervisors
Guidance is a crucial element in therapy. Clinical supervision, provided by licensed supervisors, ensures therapists maintain high standards, fostering a supportive environment for both therapists and clients.  Clinical supervision is a social influence process that occurs over time, in which the supervisor participates with supervisees to ensure quality of clinical care. Effective supervisors observe, mentor, coach, evaluate, inspire, and create an atmosphere that promotes self-motivation, learning, and professional development. They build teams, create cohesion, resolve conflict, and shape agency culture, while attending to ethical and diversity issues in all aspects of the process. Such supervision is key to both quality improvement and the successful implementation of consensus- and evidence-based practices. (Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) 21-A, Competencies for Substance Abuse Treatment Clinical Supervisors, page 3)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Known for its efficacy, CBT addresses the interplay between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This goal-oriented approach equips individuals with practical tools to navigate and overcome a spectrum of mental health challenges. CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. You’re shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel. Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT combines cognitive-behavioral techniques with mindfulness strategies.  Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of talk therapy (psychotherapy). It’s based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), but it’s specially adapted for people who experience emotions very intensely.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of talk therapy that helps people understand how thoughts affect emotions and behaviors.
“Dialectical” means combining opposite ideas. DBT focuses on helping people accept the reality of their lives and their behaviors, as well as helping them learn to change their lives, including their unhelpful behaviors.
Dialectical behavior therapy was developed in the 1970s by Marsha Linehan, an American psychologist.

Eclectic Therapy
Eclectic Therapy is a therapy approach that draws the most relevant techniques from other evidence-based therapy modalities together for an effective, individualized treatment plan. Eclectic Therapists value the fact that each client is unique and has unique needs in therapy.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Combining mindfulness practices with cognitive therapy, MBCT empowers individuals to break the cycle of recurrent depressive episodes. By cultivating present-moment awareness, individuals gain resilience against negative thought patterns.  MBCT teaches skills that allow individuals to disengage from habitual (“automatic”) dysfunctional cognitive routines, in particular, depression-related ruminative thought patterns, as a way to reduce future risk of relapse and recurrence of depression. A few potential benefits of this type of therapy include increased control over thoughts, reduced stress, and improved mood. If you’re interested in trying MBCT for yourself, you may find a licensed therapist practicing this type of therapy in person or online. (Goodtherapy.org Jan 11, 2024 )

Motivational Interviewing
Rooted in collaboration and empathy, motivational interviewing aims to evoke intrinsic motivation for positive change. It’s particularly beneficial in addressing issues like addiction and ambivalence towards behavioral changes.  Motivational interviewing is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes.  (Psychology Today)

Narrative Therapy
Narrative therapy is a form of counseling that views people as separate from their problems and destructive behaviors. This allows clients to get some distance from the difficulty they face; this helps them to see how it might actually be helping or protecting them, more than it is hurting them. With this perspective, individuals feel more empowered to make changes in their thought patterns and behavior and “rewrite” their life story for a future that reflects who they really are, what they are capable of, and what their purpose is, separate from their problems. (Psychology Today)

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is one of the world’s most widely used therapeutic treatments (De Shazer, 2007, Hsu, 2011). Unlike traditional forms of therapy that take time to analyze problems, pathology, and past life events, SFBT concentrates on finding solutions in the present and exploring one’s hope for the future in order to find a quick and pragmatic resolution of one’s problems. This method takes the approach that you know what you need to do to improve your own life and, with the appropriate coaching and questioning, are capable of finding the best solutions. (Psychology Today, September 1, 2022)

Strength-Based Therapy
Strength-based therapy is a type of positive psychotherapy and counseling that focuses on your internal strengths and resourcefulness, rather than on your weaknesses, failures, and shortcomings. The tenet is that this focus sets up a positive mindset that helps you build on your best qualities, find your strengths, improve resilience, and change your worldview to one that is more positive. Practitioners believe the main reason to discuss a patient’s problems is to discover the inner strengths clients can tap into in order to build solutions. (Psychology Today, September 1, 2022)

Trauma-Focused Therapy
Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) addresses the mental health needs of children, adolescents, and families suffering from the destructive effects of early trauma. The treatment is particularly sensitive to the unique problems of youth with post-traumatic stress and mood disorders resulting from sexual abuse, as well as from physical abuse, violence, or grief. Because the client is usually a child, TF-CBT often brings non-offending parents or other caregivers into treatment and incorporates principles of family therapy. (July 21, 2022)

In conclusion, the world of therapy is rich and diverse, offering a plethora of modalities to meet the unique needs of individuals and families. Whether navigating trauma, seeking faith-based support, or addressing specific issues like depression and anxiety, therapy provides a transformative journey towards healing and self-discovery. Embrace the power of therapy, unlock your potential, and embark on a path to a healthier, more fulfilling life.