Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a short-term, problem-focused form of behavioral treatment that can help you see the difference between beliefs, thoughts, and feelings, and free yourself from unhelpful patterns of behavior. CBT is grounded in the belief that it is your perception of events – rather than the events themselves – that determines how you will feel and act in response.
Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
DBT is a type of talk therapy that helps you understand and accept your difficult or intense feelings. Your therapist may provide worksheets or other resources for you to explore outside of the therapy session that can help you accept yourself and feel safe to explore and learn to manage or regulate distressing emotions. These may include mindfulness exercises, as well as tools to help you learn to self-soothe and/or distract yourself when your emotions feel out of control.
The person-centered approach to therapy promotes expression of unconditional positive regard from the therapist, meaning you are free to express and explore your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgement. As you interact with a genuinely empathetic and understanding therapist, you will feel safe and accepted just as you are, enabling you to gain the self-understanding that is so important for growth and change.
Reality therapy is also commonly known as choice therapy because the emphasis is on the effects of your choices and behaviors. Don’t worry, this does not mean that you will be judged or chastised in therapy! Rather, while talking with your present-focused, caring and accepting therapist, you will learn to clearly identify your basic needs and desires and how the choices you make can lead you closer to or further from the reality of realizing those.
Existential therapy is a philosophical approach that rejects the idea that you are simply a victim of your circumstances, or merely an empty shell of a human, made up of the sum of everyone else’s expectations. You are YOU, the only you on this earth! Together, you and your therapist will explore your unique struggles, concerns, and anxieties. You will be invited to define and clarify your value system and your assumptions about the world, and then take what you have learned about yourself and put it into action so that you can focus your energy on living a purposeful life.