Here are a few of the methods or techniques that we may use when working together to address your issues and concerns.
Transactional Analysis is a personality theory developed by Eric Berne. It employs easy to understand concepts in everyday language. Transactional Analysis is used to identify negative life patterns that repeat over and over again. These patterns are known as “script”. Once identified these patterns can be treated and resolved through the employment of individual or group therapy. If you have ever wondered why you keep doing the same things repeatedly or you end up with the same problematic relationships, this is for you!
Gestalt therapy uses a focus on the “here and now,” unlike many other therapies that tend to only focus on the past. By moving through issues that block you, you are better able to live life to the fullest. Growth and human potential are primary aspects of Gestalt therapy.
(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
EMDR is an exciting new approach that quickly assist in resolving intense issues such as those experienced in Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome. It has been helpful in dealing with Acute Anxiety, Rape, Abuse as well as traumas from accidents or even violent attacks such as military actions.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Simply put, cognitive behavioral therapy looks at life events that trigger automatic thought. We tend to assume these thoughts are valid even when they are not. These thoughts are called Core Beliefs and they come from our childhood experiences. In this sense they are much like the belief system we develop around script which was discussed in the section on Transactional Analysis.
These negative or automatic thoughts or beliefs trigger negative emotional responses. Learning how to identify these negative automatic thoughts and then respond to them with more realistic answers can profoundly impact one’s emotional life. This process works well for many emotional issues including depression and anxiety.
Through the use of positive or negative reinforcement, behaviors can be shaped or modified to accomplish your desired goals. Behavior modification can be an invaluable tool in dealing with behavioral issues in children as well as adults.