Why Use Different Types of Therapy?
As a therapist, I believe it is important to understand multiple types of therapy. There are several reasons for this. First, not every type of therapy works well for every problem. For instance, a therapy method that works well for couples, might not work well for personality disorders, and a therapy method that works well for premarital counseling may not work well for counseling couples who are having problems. It is my goal to use the best type of therapy that works for what you want to address.
Another reason to use different types of therapy is that not all clients respond well to the same type of therapy. I like to use the type of therapy that best fits my client, as opposed to just using any method that I am comfortable with. I customize my therapy to each individual client, couple or family.
Another reason for different types of therapy is that some therapeutic methods are created for certain groups. For instance, some methods are meant only for couple therapy, some only for individuals and some for families.
Different Methods of Therapy
I am trained in several different types of therapy and have received advanced training in some of these methods as well. Below is a listing of some of the therapies I use, what they are good for, and the type of special training I have received, if applicable.
Couple Therapy Methods
As a couple therapist, I primarily use two methods of couple therapy. Gottman Method Couple Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy.
Gottman Method Couple Therapy
Gottman Method Couple Therapy is a method based on over 40 years of research. This method helps couples to eliminate negative interactions, communicate more effectively and build the friendship that underlies the relationship. I have received Level 1 Training in the Gottman Method.
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy is an evidence-based practice that also is based on over 40 years of research. This type of therapy helps couples to understand and overcome the negative patterns in their relationship. These patterns were often formed prior to the current relationship either during childhood or previous relationships. I have received several specific training courses on using Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy.
Prepare/Enrich is a type of therapy used for premarital counseling. This type of therapy helps couples to understand things that may cause conflict in the future and discuss these items before they become a problem. This is ideal for couples to use prior to marriage or moving in together. I am a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator.
Types of Individual Therapy
Hypnosis as a method of therapy has been around for quite sometime. It is more popular on the West Coast and in states other than Ohio. There are only a handful of hypnotherapists practicing here, and even fewer who are also therapists. To my knowledge, I am the only Marriage and Family Therapist in Ohio who also practices hypnosis.
Hypnosis works for many things, but works extremely well for anxiety disorders. These anxiety-based issues such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks, PTSD and Phobias have a better rate of relief from hypnosis than from medication or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Clients with anxiety can often find some level of relief after the first session of hypnosis. Because CBT is also an effective therapy for anxiety I will often use the to treatments together to offer clients the best of both worlds.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most common used types of therapy today. It’s common, because it is effective for several particular issues. CBT helps clients identify and change thought patterns that underlie their behaviors. This change in thought patterns allows for a change in how the client thinks and feels. This type of therapy works well with both anxiety and depression as well as eating disorders, bipolar disorder and some psychotic disorders, among others.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Another evidence-based practice, there have been 70+ studies on the effectiveness of SFBT. This type of therapy highlights the positives and assumes that the client already has all of the tools needed to solve current problems, but may not understand how to find and apply them. The therapist works with the client to help them understand what works for them and what does not, doing more of what works. This type of therapy works for many issues.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT is a specific type of CBT that is good for helping people who are experiencing extreme emotions or behaviors such as anger issues, suicidal thoughts and personality disorders. This method of therapy helps a person build his or her coping skills as well as helping to understand the thoughts and beliefs that are making life harder for him or her.