Types of Therapy - Ecclectic Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

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My approach
I don’t have a one-size-fits-all approach.  Techniques and modalities are determined once the problem is understood.  The one constant in my approach is that it’s person-centered which means connection is the key.  Without a sense of connection it seems progress is more difficult.  Once we understand the problem and it’s history we can explore options on ways to resolve and heal.
For clients with traumatic histories, I typically use methods that geared toward deep healing.  This methods include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal  Family Systems (IFS), Somatic techniques, and Adult Attachment techniques.
Below you’ll find a general and brief overview of some of the modalities I use.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
The central idea behind CBT is that most emotional and behavioral reactions are learned. A goal of CBT is to help clients learn new ways of thinking, change their unhelpful beliefs and reactions and to learn a new way of responding.
Initially the focus is on the present and looks at what and how a person thinks more than why a person thinks that way.  Depending on circumstances and life history, this how and why focus can quickly resolve maladaptive thoughts an behaviors  At times, effective therapy might be as short as a couple sessions, but other times a deeper look into core beliefs and schema may be required.  The extent of depth depends on the specific needs of the individual.
CBT is very goal oriented and each session clients work toward completing goals and objectives.  Homework exercises are used to help you monitor and track your thoughts and mental images, recognizing how those ideas affect your mood and behavior. You also learn coping skills, such as problem solving, relaxation, and self-care.
Typically, treatment lasts 4 to 16 weeks.
What is Mindfulness Based Therapy?
Mindfulness is the art of being aware.  This awareness of our thoughts, feelings, senses and surroundings, allows us not to judge, but to notice.  In doing so, we can experience a freedom and separation from our thoughts realizing we are not our thoughts, we are the ones thinking the thoughts. Awareness creates space so that we can change our thoughts when they do not serve us. By changing our thoughts, we are able to change our feelings, actions and outcomes.
A component of this therapy is learning how to accept difficult situations, thoughts, feelings with compassion.
One goal is to suspend judgment and to just “notice” what’s going on in your mind and body.  Once this level of awareness occurs, strategies for responding to early warning signs difficulties can be used to chose a different path or course of action.
Awareness exercises will be used to help increase present moment, nonjudgmental awareness of bodily sensations, thoughts, and feelings.
Depth Techniques
What is EMDR?
EMDR differs from other therapeutic techniques, but it has been thoroughly researched by scientists around the world. EMDR is supported by the American Psychiatric Association, Veterans Services Administration, World Health Organization (WHO) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, (SAMHSA), all of which consider EMDR to be a sound, evidence-based treatment.

The first step in EMDR treatment is to identify the traumatic memory, belief or image. The clinician works with you to desensitize the target by focusing on specific thoughts or images while engaging in specific eye movements.  Most people notice negative thoughts start to diminish, and new, positive thoughts begin to take their place.

What is Internal Family Systems?

IFS is a somewhat novel approach that deals with identifying the”Parts” of your personality which tend to cause problematic behaviors.  Once the parts are identified, we work toward understanding how and why these parts came about and then learn how to help/heal them so that the behaviors they cause can be effectively dealt changed.  In doing this work we come to know our “Self” which is at the core of our being.  Another goal of this therapy is to become more “Self-Led”.  By getting to know all our parts we find the psychic wounds they’re trying to protect us from re-experiencing.  It is here that the deep healing can begin to occur.

What is Somatic Therapy?

Somatic therapy involves deepening awareness of the mind/emotion/body connection.  We focus of the body and where it holds the memories of traumatic events then work to free the body of the memories through movement, posture and the felt experience of safety.

 What is Attachment-Based Therapy?
Attachment therapy has it’s foundation in human development.  Using this modality, we focus on childhood and what our experiences were growing up with respect to our parenting, connecting and relating.  We look for the experiences that need to be healed from our past and work to overcome beliefs and patterns that don’t serve us anymore.