“In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for [their] own personal growth?”
― Carl R. Rogers
There are many therapeutic modalities that have developed over the years and most of them are affective. On this page we will discuss several of them used at a Window of Hope Counseling Center.
The foundation of all good therapy is the “therapeutic relationship.” The relationship that develops between the therapist and the client is the foundation from which the tools of therapy (different modalities) are used to address the client’s issues.
Psychodynamic therapy is also known as insight-oriented therapy because it focuses on unconscious drives that are affecting a person’s behavior. The goal of this therapy is self-awareness and understanding how the past influences present behavior.
Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) are two major therapeutic modalities used by therapists. Both CBT and DBT focus on making patients aware of their potentials by examining the relationship between problematic thoughts, emotions and behavior to help clients enhance their capacity to face various challenges in lives on their own.
Mindfulness & EMDR
Mindfulness and EMDR are two distinct forms of therapy defined in this section. EMDR was developed to address trauma (PTSD) by systematically stimulating the bicameral function of the brain. Mindfulness is a Western adaptation of Buddhist notions of the awareness of one’s environment. Based upon being descriptive rather than judgmental, many different forms of therapy have grown from this insight.