APPROACHES TO GROWTH AND CHANGE

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Each situation is unique and each person has his or her own special needs. Recognizing that, we take great care in matching each client with the therapist and therapeutic methods that will best meet the client’s personal needs and ensure the client’s growth and change. Therapeutic approaches used by our counseling staff include:

Cognitive-behavioral therapy: Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on changing clients’ thoughts (cognitive patterns) in order to change their behaviors and emotional states. During cognitive-behavioral therapy, the counselor first works with the client to identify thoughts and behaviors causing distress and then works with the client to modify those thoughts in order to change unwanted behavior.

Couples therapy: Couples therapy helps couples improve communication, support, and closeness by assisting them to better understand their interactions. A key element in this process is the couples’ learning to interact with less negative emotional reactivity and greater mutual respect and understanding.

EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: (EMDR) is most often used to treat trauma and depression frequently associated with trauma. Used in combination with other therapies, EMDR employs a moving light or other object to induce rapid eye movement while clients remember a traumatic event. In the course of EMDR therapy, clients are able to process their memories of traumatic experiences and eliminate their extreme emotional responses to those experiences. For more on EMDR, see the http://www.emdr.com/ website.

Energy Psychotherapy: Viewing the mind and body as a single energy system and emotional distress as an imbalance of that system, energy psychotherapy uses several techniques to diagnose and correct this energy imbalance. Often energy psychotherapy produces noticeable results rapidly with little emotional distress. In correcting the energy imbalance, the therapist uses both standard therapeutic procedures and procedures that more directly address the energy imbalance. These procedures include manual muscle testing, tapping of acupuncture pressure points, body postures and movements, and affirmations. For more on energy psychotherapy, see http://energypsych.com/ .

Enneagram: From the Greek word for nine, the Enneagram is a model of nine personality types used to help people better understand themselves and their relationships to others. Therapists use the Enneagram to aid clients in identifying their core motivation (e.g., “I am only okay if I am needed”) and guide them toward healthy change. For more on enneagram, see  http://www.enneagraminstitute.com/ .

Family Therapy: Family therapy focuses on diagnosing and treating the behavioral or relational problems within a family. Rather than treating an individual family member, the therapist treats the entire family as a system: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Gestalt Therapy: Gestalt therapy is the process of working with the whole person to assist clients in learning to be good to themselves through the development of insight into their inter-personal and intra-personal here-and-now existence in the environment of their choice.

Group Therapy: In group therapy, the therapist meets with a group of people to help them understand themselves better and improve their interpersonal relationships. Group therapy allows each client to experience the support of other individuals in the group and to explore his or her patterns of communicating with and relating to others. For more information, see energy psychology.

Hypnotherapy: Used in combination with other therapies, hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to treat emotional and behavioral problems. Through hypnosis clients can access latent insights, abilities, and emotional reserves. For more on hypnosis and hypnotherapy, see About Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy.

Parenting As The Name Suggests: Parenting therapy focuses on helping clients become more effective parents. It is usually used in conjunction with other types of therapy, such as family or play therapy.

Play Therapy: Designed for children, play therapy uses children’s natural means of expression—play—to help them express their feelings and come to terms with difficult issues, such as abuse and divorce, and to achieve emotional growth and development. For more information, see Association for Play Therapy.

Positive Psychology: Positive psychology is a relatively new branch of psychology focusing on promoting health rather than curing illness. A therapist using positive psychology helps clients identify their strengths and find ways to begin using these strengths on a regular basis. The therapist encourages clients to reflect on what would constitute a happy and satisfying life and take steps to increase their happiness, optimism, and sense of fulfillment. For more on positive psychology, see The Positive Psychology Center.

Psychodynamic Therapy: In psychodynamic therapy, the therapist helps clients discover their true feelings so that they can experience them and understand them.

Redecision Therapy: Redecision therapy uses a combination of transactional analysis and Gestalt therapy to help clients understand how beliefs established in early childhood and decisions made based on those beliefs unconsciously rule their lives. Through experiential techniques, the therapist helps clients “redecide” and thus adopt healthier belief and habits. For more information, see Southeast Institutes’s discussion of Redecision therapy.

Transactional Analysis: In transactional analysis (TA), clients’ interactions with others are analyzed in an effort to promote healthier relationships. In TA theory, an individual’s interactions, or “transactions,” with others are viewed as an expression of one of three ego states—Parent, Adult, or Child. By analyzing and understanding how their interactions with others are an expression of one of these states, clients come to a better understanding of how they interact with others and learn to develop healthier relationships. For more information, see The International Transactional Analysis Association.

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