QUESTIONS ABOUT VARIOUS THERAPEUTIC MODELS AND THEORIES:
Q: What is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and how is it therapeutic?
A: EFT is a well-known therapy model that is linked with adult attachment, a profound developmental theory of personality and intimate relationships. This science has expanded our understanding of individual dysfunction and health, as well as the nature of love relationships and family bonds. EFT is best known as a cutting edge, tested and proven couple’s intervention.
Q: What is the Psychodynamic approach to therapy?
A: The psychodynamic approach includes working with the unconscious, and between the different structures of the personality. This approach states that events in childhood have a great influence on our adult lives, and in shaping our personality. Events that happened in childhood can remain in the unconscious, and cause problems as adults. Various evidence based theories within the Psychodynamic approach are Aderian, Attachment, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Depth, Object Relations, Reality, and Self Theory.
Q: What is Solution-Focused Brief Therapy?
A: Unlike traditional forms of therapy that take time, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) focuses on finding solutions in the present time, and exploring the client’s hope for the future to find quicker resolution of their problems. Goal setting is at the foundation of SFBT. It can be used to treat people of all ages and with a variety of issues, including family dysfunction, abuse, addiction, and relationship problems. Though it’s not a cure for psychiatric disorders such as depression or schizophrenia, SFBT may hep improve the quality of life for those who suffer from this conditions.
Q: What is Hypnotherapy?
A: Hypnotherapy is a tool used as a form of psychotherapy treatment. It aims to coax subjects into a deep, meditative state that allows them to address their issues without distraction.
Q: What is Internal Family Systems (IFS), and is it an evidence based therapy model?
A: Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a psychotherapy model that identifies and addresses multiple sub-personalities of families within each person’s mental system. These sub-personalities consist of painful emotions such as shame, fear, and anger. Some of these sub-personalities are wounded parts. There are other parts that try to control and protect the person from the pain of the wounded parts. At the core of every individual is one’s core Self, which holds curiosity, centeredness, confidence and compassion. IFS focuses on healing the wounded parts and restoring mental balance and harmony among the various parts and the Self. IFS is a practice that invites both therapist and client to enter into a transformational relationship in which healing can occur. Internal Family Systems has been posted on the National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) as an evidence-based practice since November 2015.
Q: What is Brainspotting and how is it connected to EMDR?
A: Brainspotting therapy effectively accesses the mid-brain, where we hold our trauma. This is usually accomplished by focusing on a single eye position at the beginning of the process. The therapist’s attunement with the client is very important. This model allows powerful breakthroughs to happen within a short period of time. Brainspotting was discovered in 2003 by David Grand, who was then a nationally known therapist and trainer in the field of EMDR.