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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a structured, problem-focused, and time-limited therapy in which individuals are taught to observe and document their negative thoughts so they can identify the associations between thoughts, feelings, physiology, and behavior. CBT is one of the best types of therapy in Houston.
Individuals will learn to assess the rationality and usefulness of these cognitions and change dysfunctional cognitions to amore adaptive perspective.
Behavioral techniques such as activity scheduling, self-monitoring of mastery and pleasure, and graded task assignments are used to help individuals overcome disinterest and expose themselves to rewarding experiences.
Individuals also learn adaptive coping skills and problem-solving skills. Cognitive Behavioral counseling entails many strategies and techniques to help depressed individuals address their thinking including psychoeducation, guided discovery, Socratic questioning, role-playing, imagery, and behavioral experiments.
The main goal of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is to help individuals recognize ways they attempt to suppress, avoid, and control emotional experiences that can create further challenges.
By compassionately recognizing and addressing these challenges, an individual can become more able to make room for values-based actions that support their well-being.
One thing to note is that ACT does not define these experiences as “symptoms” or label them as “negative”. The goal is to identify the emotion, memory, thought, etc. as they are – without attempting to alter them. This is to begin viewing them as normal aspects of the human experience and what can make life beautiful.
Truthfully, the human experience is a wide spectrum of events that can include painful experiences along with joyful ones. Learning how to accept things as they come, without evaluating or attempting to change the situation is a skill that can be developed in sessions and can be practiced outside of the sessions.
ACT is not about changing or stopping those unwanted feelings or thought processes, it is about changing your relationship with them. ACT therapy can offer freedom to people who struggle with not wanting to have “full control” or an inability to “let things go”.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a common therapy technique used to help with stress, emotional regulation, and to help redirect behavioral patterns such as self-harm or other compulsive behaviors.
DBT combines the standard cognitive-behavioral techniques, acceptance therapy, and mindful awareness. Mindfulness is one of the core elements in DBT therapy. The reason for this is that being mindful of one’s thoughts, emotions and actions can be the starting point in directing those “negative” behaviors into “positive” ones. It is also a great foundation for the other building blocks that come with therapy and DBT skills.
The acceptance portion of DBT helps individuals tolerate the powerful emotions that can come with therapy and life. The acceptance and mindfulness that is taught within DBT therapy create the ability to pay attention, nonjudgmentally, to the moments at hand. And reframes one’s perspective to handle it with more positive outlets and responses.
The acceptance skills taught helps one to no longer judge themselves for having these emotions or for being in “negative” situations. As well as to accept the moment at hand for what it is in a more positive “fact-based approach”. This can create less distress and panic when things come up.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a form of therapy that is geared for individuals who have experienced physical and emotional trauma, and experience overall emotional distress from difficult life experiences.
EMDR therapy is a parallel concept where your brain can heal from psychological trauma and how your body can recover from physical injury.
The scars may still be there but we need to take care of the wound so it can heal and no longer be infected. The only way to achieve this is a head-on, direct approach.
EMDR therapy is a direct approach to one’s trauma, to be able to face the situation (at their own pace) under the supervision and guidance of a certified EMDR therapist.
EMDR therapy is different from talk therapy in a few ways. For example, EMDR therapy involves biological aspects such as eye movements (or other bilateral stimulations), rapid eye movement, and there are usually only about 8 sessions. The other aspects are more up to the client’s own intellectual and emotional processes rather than the therapist’s interpretations.
Since it is a client directly walking through the trauma, the therapist safely guides them into transforming the thoughts into “I survived” and allows them to view that moment(s) as a part of their story to continue healing rather than prohibiting them from continuing to stay trapped in it.
In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level.
One of the biggest things to know about EMDR therapy is that it’s not recommended for everyone. And it’s not recommended to start your therapeutic journey in EMDR. Often it can be a difficult and tasking experience. This specialized therapy is strongly recommended in general, as EMDR carries amazing benefits. However it’s important to note that it can’t be abruptly ended, once started.
To learn more about the types of therapy in Houston, Malaty Therapy offers a free consultation to talk about what will work best for you.
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