Approaches and Descriptions
The approaches listed below are the primary theories that I incorporate in my practice. In addition, I also use acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), solution-focused approaches, and cognitive processing. There are plenty more I can mention and again, if you have any questions, I'd be happy to discuss it with you. Depending on what you'd like to address, I will cater my practice to you and pull from various tools to better suit your needs.
Trauma-Informed Care (TIC)
I find that prioritizing and validating one's experiences is integral to understanding what a person is experiencing. Each individual has their own story and it is important to recognize the obstacles they had to endure. By using a TIC approach, I assess one's foundational needs such as safety and work my way to building rapport.
As the name suggests, client-centered therapy is an approach that focuses on the individual themselves. Carl Rogers (hence Rogerian) is known as one of the primary visionaries for this theory. In this approach, the client is the expert and the therapist is merely a guide and supporter. In other words, you (the client) have the expertise to take control of your life and do what's best for yourself. I find this approach to be very empowering. Three primary concepts that I build my practice upon are unconditional positive regard, empathetic understanding, and genuineness.
Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
If you are familiar with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), REBT has similar concepts. Essentially, REBT places a bit more emphasis on the acceptance component. In both CBT and REBT, clients would work toward countering irrational beliefs and restructuring the way one views things. Ideas I might pull from REBT are using humor, guided imagery, and unconditional positive acceptance. Understanding and accepting that we are all human, in which case we are entitled to mistakes. We aren't perfect, we're human.
A therapeutic alliance is integral to the success of treatment. A therapeutic alliance is a collaborative, healthy, and meaningful client-counselor relationship. By fostering this type of relationship, both client and counselor will work together to address issues the client is experiencing. This approach also takes a holistic and humanistic stance and emphasizes the human desire to succeed in goals and lead a fulfilling life. Additionally, this approach may be very effective in treatment issues related to self-esteem, loneliness, or negative thinking.