Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT helps the client get better by looking at the beliefs and thoughts that change the emotional response. It suggests that it is not what happens to us that causes our depression or anxiety, but how we interpret what happens. It looks at deep ingrained patterns of belief that are limiting and keeps us stuck into negative emotional states. It has been a scientific proven strategy for depression, just as effective, if not more effective than medication. Handouts and worksheets are used to help the clients examine beliefs and think in a more healthier way. See the handouts section.
Neuro Linguistic Programming
Neuro-Linguistic Programming was developed in the 1970's by Richard Bandler and John Grinder at University of California-Berkley. It looked at therapist who were deemed successful and quite famous for their outcomes and discovered there were language patterns that helped clients get unstuck. The approach was positive and was a precursor to positive psychology, EMDR, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and many other effective therapies.
NLP looks at our behavior as adaptive. No matter how dysfunctional a behavior is, we look at it from the perspective that somehow this behavior is serving us. I might not work, but our intention is purposeful. We may be using alcohol to help us feel better. Rather than put ourselves down and call ourselves stupid, we see that we are trying to nurture ourselves. We start to make progress when we develop flexibility in our thinking and behavior. We start to have new choices. See Presuppositions of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Family Systems Counseling
Family Systems looks at the individual's problem in contexts of how the family is. A person may come in with some trauma issues. They get into relationships that are damaging, abusive and their self esteem is tanked. They do well in work, but it manifests itself in love relationships. It is more effective to examine how they interacted with their family growing up and see how the "system" or "dance" is still there. They are replaying their role. Stepping out of the role of "victim," or "abuser" or "over-functioner" or "under-functioner" affects the rest of the system. The system begins to heal and move in the right direction. Family systems approach sees person in a moving and interacting way rather than static. It is very effective for people with addiction, anxiety and depression.