“The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”
~ Chief Seattle
Types of Therapeutic Treatment : A Primer
Attachment Theory: Attachment theory looks at how our first relationships (those with our parents/caregivers, relatives, siblings, teachers, and peers) impacted our style of relating to others. For more information on Attachment please click here.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): In a nutshell, CBT works with our Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors, and how they impact one another. For example, the beliefs you hold about yourself (thoughts) are going to influence how you act at that party or job interview (behavior), which will impact how you feel, which impacts your thoughts, etc. By interrupting this pattern, at one of the three points of the triangle (i.e. working to change distorted thinking or address problematic behavior) will change the other two. For more information, please follow this link.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): DBT was created as a treatment for people experiencing profound emotional dysregulation and self-harming behaviors that can be part of Borderline Personality Disorder. It has also shown some efficacy for PTSD and various mood and anxiety disorders. DBT is a Mindfulness-based Behavior Therapy that includes highly structured individual psychotherapy and often a psychoeducational group focused on skill building. The skills outlined in DBT include Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. See this link for more information.
Ecopsychology: Ecopsychology or Ecotherapy is a philosophy within Psychotherapy that honors our connection to the Earth and all living beings. Modern society often separates us from the natural world, which can result in various difficulties including anxiety, restlessness, and depression. Ecotherapy provides experiential, earth-based interventions through which we can reconnect and heal. Please see this link for further information.
Humanistic Psychotherapy: Humanistic modalities of psychotherapy - which include Person-Centered, Gestalt, and Existential - believe in the capacity, drive, and responsibility of individuals to move toward growth and healing and make rational choices for themselves. The relationship is key in Humanistic Psychotherapy, and the client moves toward self-actualization and growth through awareness of present-moment experience in the accepting, empathetic container provided by the therapist.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a form of talk-therapy that incorporates awareness of our present moment experience. Founded on principles of Hakomi and Interpersonal Neurobiology, Sensorimotor is a structured psychotherapy model that is based on the principles of Organicity, Mind/Body/Spirit Holism, Non-violence, Unity, and Mindfulness. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy focuses on all of the ways we process and organize experience, including thoughts and feelings, as well as our 5-sense perception (sight, sound, taste, touch, hearing), movement, and somatic sensation. This modality has been shown to help people struggling with the aftermath of trauma and childhood disruption. Please click here for more information.
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