Portland Therapy Center
While there are many different modalities of psychotherapy for addressing the many challenges of life, these modalities generally have more similarities than differences. Primarily, psychotherapy addresses problems in living. One common approach, cognitive, seeks to improve one’s ability to think about life problems in a more helpful way. Another common approach targets acceptance. This approach can improve the way one is able to accept that certain things are what they are, i.e., changeable or unchangeable. Yet another approach becoming more common in the treatment of trauma falls under the category called somatic therapy. This means that the therapist helps the client process the felt sense of the trauma; the bodily response. There are more of course, other approaches address the past in relation to childhood experience while others address emotions first and foremost. These approaches are all important and for that reason many therapists employ what’s called an eclectic approach. Simply put, this means that the therapist utilizes multiple approaches. They choose an approach or technique that incorporates the best each has to offer; it’s usually based on what is determined to be the most helpful for an individual client.
My approach is best categorized as eclectic. Experience has left me with the impression that clients benefit more from a mix of approaches designed to fit individual needs. While most mental health challenges can be described as problems of living, these issues can affect individuals in radically different ways.
While my orientation to therapy remains rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, below is a list of those therapies that I commonly draw upon to form my eclectic approach:
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy-often referred to as SFBT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
The Gottman Method
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Animal Assisted Therapy
Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
I encourage clients to ask questions about the various approaches to therapy. My job is to shape your therapy to your needs and values. Ultimately, the best outcomes in therapy result from a collaborative effort on the part of both client and therapist. So remember to ask questions; there will be plenty of opportunity.