We use an Integrative Psychotherapy approach to your treatment. What does that mean? Well consider this…
In Psychotherapy there are many styles, approaches, and techniques. Each type is better suited for certain issues and personalities. If you consider them as tools, a hammer works best on a nail, a screwdriver works best to tighten screws, and a wrench works best on bolts. It is possible to use a wrench to hammer in a nail, but it is not as effective. The same is true for Psychotherapy.
We have found that like building a house, people can be pretty complex, and you get the best results having a full set of tools in your toolbox.
At Therapy Rocks, we use the full set of tools tailored for your needs. This is what is meant by Integrative Psychotherapy. Additionally, we partner with you every step of the way and explain your options as we go along to collaborate on goals for counselling. Our sessions, based on your goals and desires, are an invitation for you to explore, experience, heal and transform.
The most common styles that we might use in your treatment plan are Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Redecision Psychotherapy which combines the theoretical framework of Transactional Analysis (TA) with the intervention techniques of Gestalt therapy.
Sigmund Freud developed a collection of theories which have formed the basis of the Psychodynamic Approach.
Our behavior and feelings as adults are rooted in our childhood experiences, memories and feelings. Some of these experiences are painful and buried in our unconscious. They, however unconsciously motivate present day feelings and behaviours that may be unhealthy to living a quality life, and detrimental to our relationships. At Therapy Rocks we use Psychodynamic Psychotherapy to encourage clients to speak freely about their emotions, desires, and fears in order to reveal vulnerable feelings that have been pushed out of conscious awareness. We help the client to process difficult feelings by allowing their expression in a safe space, by putting words to feelings, and by providing interpretations of the causes of negative emotions. Recognizing recurring patterns of dysfunctional behaviour helps clients see the ways in which they avoid distress or develop defense mechanisms as a method of coping so that they can take steps to change those patterns.
The psychodynamic therapist would usually be treating the patient for depression or anxiety related disorders.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT was pioneered by Dr. Aaron T. Beck in the 1960s and has been extensively researched.
CBT is based on the idea that how we think (cognition), how we feel (emotion) and how we act (behavior) all interact together. Specifically, our thoughts determine our feelings and our behaviour. Therefore, negative, unrealistic and irrational thoughts can cause us grief and suffering and result in problems. When a person suffers with psychological distress, the way in which they interpret situations becomes distorted. This in turn has a negative impact on the actions they take, resulting in poor outcomes for themselves. CBT helps people to develop alternative ways of thinking and behaving which aims to reduce their psychological suffering. At Therapy Rocks, we teach clients how to identify distorted thinking through a process of evaluation. The client learns to tell the difference between their own irrational thoughts and unhelpful beliefs, and reality. They learn the influence that thoughts have on their feelings, and they are taught to recognize observe and monitor their own thoughts. The behavior part of the therapy involves setting homework for the client to do (e.g. keeping a diary of thoughts). Clients are given tasks that will help them challenge their own irrational beliefs.
In CBT, there is no need to explore the past, as the main issue is to clarify and correct current thinking processes and modify behaviour. CBT has been shown to be an effective way of treating low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, social anxiety, uncontrollable anger, phobias, irrational fears, OCD and PTSD.
Redecision Psychotherapy (RP)
Redecision Psychotherapy (RP) was developed in 1965 by social worker Mary Goulding and her husband, psychiatrist Bob Goulding. It integrates the cognitive framework of Transactional Analysis (TA) originated by Eric Berne, with experiential methods drawn from Gestalt Therapy by Fritz and Laura Perls. TA is a theory of personality for personal growth and personal change while Gestalt Therapy amplifies the awareness of feelings and emotions through enactment, drama and role play. RP is grounded in the assumption that adults make decisions based on messages absorbed in childhood from parents and significant caregivers. These messages, along with past decisions, inform current decision-making processes and attitudes and at times, they can have negative effects. Clients can examine these messages and any past negative decisions in order to identify what is not working for them. They can then, through the therapeutic process, adopt new meanings and extinguish self-defeating decision-making patterns through the use of powerful reflective exploration and experiential techniques.
Redecision Psychotherapy is incredibly effective at helping a client recover parts of themselves that have been buried by fear, shame and guilt, or discouraged by criticism, failure, and judgment.
That said, having the best tools in the world would only yield marginal results without heart and a genuine caring for our clients. Our therapeutic relationship is the single most important ingredient to our clients’ success. This relationship forms the foundation of our practice at Therapy Rocks and provides an emotionally safe space for our clients to thrive.
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