Therapy should always fit the client. If you meet with a therapist and you don't feel as though you are a good fit it is important for you to either voice your concern or ask you therapist if they have a recommendation for you that fits your needs. Cornerstone Counseling is pleased to provide the following modalities of therapy. If you are unsure which feels right to you please feel free to click on the "contact" button and ask the therapist.
Person Centered Therapy moves away from "the therapist being an expert" and provides an opportunity for the client to be the expert of their world. You know yourself far better then a therapist. This approach allows a client to move at their own pace, be the lead in discussions, while the therapist is a facilitator who listens without judgement and acknowledges the experience and "truth" that each person has. The therapist is there to support and guide without interfering with the clients process of self-discovery.
Solution Focused (SFT):
Solution Focused Therapy focus's on the client's present situation and determines what steps can be accomplished in order to achieve the clients goals. The therapist and client develop an idea of what they would like their life to look/be/feel like and move in the direction of making small changes. The therapist acknowledges that the clients already have the tools that they need in order to accomplish these tasks but helps to guide clients in determining how to utilize them best.
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT):
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidenced base therapy using combination of talk therapy and behavioral therapy. Therapist utilize it to help clients reframe negative thinking patterns into positive thoughts. Introducing how thoughts affect behaviors and feelings can allow clients to change not only their emotions but also replace negative behaviors.
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT):
Cognitive Processing Therapy is used to help relieve the symptoms of PTSD. Therapist who use this must be certified in order to provide appropriate levels of support to those who are dealing the after effects of trauma. Through gentle guidance Therapist and client explore how the trauma has impacted their life through and work to reduce symptoms.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT):
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Marsha Linehan. Through educating clients about positive coping skills therapist encourage clients to learn and use these new skills and strategies to experience the life that the want to live. Skills include mindfulness techniques, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness (assertive communication, etc.).
Experiential therapy is a technique that uses expressive tools to re-enact and re-experience emotional situations from past and recent relationships. Through the re-experiencing the client and therapist work towards processing and understanding the meanings and emotions behind the event (such as success, disappointment, responsibility, and self-esteem). The hope is that by allowing clients to re-experience these events, the client can begin to release and explore negative feelings of anger, hurt, or shame as they relate to past experiences that may have been blocked or still linger.
Narrative therapy focuses on respect and provides a non-blaming approach to counselling with the understanding that people are the experts in their own lives. The Narrative approach helps to differentiate people and their problems, while understanding that people already have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives.
Expressive Therapy utilizes a clients artistic talents in order to help process through current or past stressors. Examples include drawing, painting, or sculpture, music therapy, drama therapy, poetry therapy, and other multimedia experiences.