Select Page

Therapeutic Approaches

Just like therapists specialize in different issues and populations, they also intervene differently with their clients. Some therapists use one modality exclusively, but most integrate various techniques from several modalities.

What Is Most Important When It Comes to Therapeutic Modalities?

Practical Solutions

If you are in distress and want immediate relief, cognitive models like CBT or DBT focus on substituting negative coping skills for more positive ones. These models tend to be short-term, and your therapist may assign homework to help keep you on track between sessions.

Support & Validation

Many people enter therapy because they feel alone, frustrated, or scared. They may not know how to process these emotions or reach out to others about how they feel. In these cases, humanistic models like client-centered therapy or existential therapy may be a good fit. Additionally, you may benefit from group therapy, as groups can provide support and reassure you that you aren’t alone in your struggles.

Relationship Concerns

Couples or family therapy can be extremely helpful for people struggling in their relationships. These therapies focus on treating the entire unit as a client. In other words, it’s not about assigning blame or choosing who’s right in a particular argument. Your therapist will teach you all how to assume personal responsibility, set healthy boundaries, and increase appropriate communication with your loved ones.

Poor Previous Therapy Experiences

You might be seeking a therapist after feeling disappointed with past treatment episodes. If that’s the case, it’s important to share these concerns during your first session. Try to be specific about what did or didn’t work for you. It’s impossible for all therapists to be a good fit for all clients. But by highlighting the issues, a new therapist can intervene differently.