Approach to Therapy
Ultimately, you as the client are in control of what you’d like to work on and the goals you would like to achieve. To aid in this process, various modalities of therapy may be utilized such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), the Gottman Method, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Play Therapy to name a few.
During your initial visit we will work together to decide the approach that will best work for you as an individual, couple, or family. We will also plot out the path for future sessions and desired outcomes by creating a treatment plan (goals and objectives) for therapy and what issues you would like to work on or problems to resolve. While the approaches used are evidence-based and proven to be effective, sometimes it is a matter of finding which method works best for you.
Role of the Therapist…
The stance of the therapist during this process is again in your control. You may want a collaborative partnership where you work alongside the therapist to obtain your desired outcomes. Others may prefer a more direct approach where the therapist leads, guides, and coaches in a way that is believed to be most beneficial for you. As the client, you will work with the therapist to choose which is best for you and know that you have the freedom to change this at any time throughout the therapeutic relationship.
There is no right or wrong choice, only what provides you with the greatest sense of autonomy and feeling that you are capable of making the changes you desire. Regardless of what technique or approach works best for you, therapy will be conducted in a way that is both ethical and in your best interest. This does not mean it will always be easy, but lasting change rarely comes without sacrifice and hard work.
While no guarantee can be made on the results of therapy and if you will achieve your desired results, one promise you do have is that you will have a tremendous amount of support throughout the process and someone in your corner, willing to fight for you and encourage along the way.