It is important to understand that a therapist’s approach influences the overall expectations of themselves as the therapist, the client, as well as the outcome of therapy. I am not a purist in my approach to therapy, it often is dependent on the client’s symptoms, the impairment’s in their life, and the goal that they wish to have in the conclusion of therapy. My overall approach is I feel that clients should be active in their healing and therefore I often give assignments (some are written and others are behavioral assignments) in between sessions to continue our work together. It is my belief that I am a facilitator for you and it is your motivation for a change in your life that is the true catalyst towards personal growth.
I will share the main three therapeutic approaches I find myself leaning towards in session with clients. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is the first approach I often use which is often structured and short-term. This approach addresses how thoughts affect feelings and behaviors. Our work will include addressing the thoughts that perpetuate problematic behaviors. Although it is not the only time I use it, I find I use it most with clients with symptoms of anxiety. Solution-Focused Therapy is another approach I have used. It is appropriate when a client has a specific problem and wants to look for a solution and does not necessarily need or want to gain insight as to how this problem started The focus is the solution. And finally, I often use a Psychodynamic approach, this approach addresses how past experiences affect your current view of the world and how you relate to yourself and others.
I would like to be transparent and explain I do feel that hope and faith are often interchangeable but not exclusively. I do have a faith in God and feel that what I have gleaned from it has helped me address certain challenges in my personal life. However, I understand each individual client has a unique approach to life and may not always incorporate the idea of faith into it. It is my duty and legal obligation to respect that in our time together, if you wish as a client to incorporate “faith-based” counseling in session you have to request this approach specifically.