You may have heard of different therapy approaches such as CBT, EFT, DBT, psychodynamic therapy, etc. It can be difficult to understand the difference between them and which one would work best for you especially when you heard that they all demonstrate success. Part of the problem is that these approaches overlap considerably and share many concepts and ideas that are just labeled and described differently. Also, certain approaches work better for certain conditions better than others and for certain people.
What works best depends on the nature and severity of the issue you are dealing with, as well as your own personality and style of working on problems. Some approaches, such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), are more structured, short-term, and focus mainly on challenging errors in the way one thinks about their situation. Approaches such as Emotion-Focused Therapy, take a bit longer than CBT, and focuse primarily on identifying and validating feelings, particularly the ones we find most difficult to share. Finally, approaches such as contemporary psychodynamic or psychoanalytically informed therapy are longer-term and focus on gaining deeper insight into the ways in which your childhood and family experiences shaped the way you think, feel and behave.
While each approach does so differently, they are means to facilitate the process of self-reflection that creates change. Its like take different set of tools to examine yourself but end result is you see something more deeply. Which tool works depends a lot on you.
Throughout my training I was interested in developing an expertise in psychotherapy models that have been well-supported both clinically and in research in their effectiveness. I made a point of training with leading experts and leading institutions. At the moment I am engaging in a 4 year training in psychoanalytic therapy. Don't worry I am not going to put you on the couch. The training allows me to be more informed about deeper issues related to attachment and family relationships but I never provide psychodynamic if a client is not interested. I also have a couch in my office, but that is only because I like my office to be a cozy like your living room.
During my 10+ years of training (yes it takes that long!) I worked different settings and acquired training in models with experts in the field and this includes Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for both Individual and Couples, Psychodynamic therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Family Systems and Social Constructive/Narrative approaches. Having a solid basis in each of these models allows me to integrate across the different approaches and provide treatment based on your needs and goals. In terms of what approach I use, this is a decision I make in collaboration with the client. Our initial appointments are an assessment that allow us to identify the problem, the source of the problem and the best treatment option for you. Sometimes clients start off with one approach such CBT in order to target symptoms that are part of a challenging condition (e.g panic attacks, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma) and later shift to a longer-term approach if that is needed. I be happy to answer any questions you have about the ins and outs of each approach during our consultation sessions.
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