Therapy is defined as the attempted remediation of a health problem, usually following a diagnosis. For mental health, psychotherapy is the practice of spending time with a trained professional to help diagnose and treat mental and emotional issues. At the center of each form of therapy is the pursuit of a well-rounded understanding of all factors contributing to your issues.
The following are specified therapy philosophies that are used by therapists worldwide:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and boosts happiness by modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts. Therapists who practice CBT focus on helping their patients find solutions by encouraging them to change destructive patterns of behavior.
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy – takes CBT and adds newer psychological strategies such as mindfulness and meditation. The goal of MBCT is to interrupt automatic processes in patients by teaching them to focus on acceptance rather than reaction.
Psychodynamic Therapy – helps patients find self-awareness and understanding how their past influences present behavior. In psychodynamic therapy, therapists direct patients to focus on unconscious processes and determine how they are manifested in their outward behavior.
There is no formula to what philosophy is right for you as a patient. Therapists are equipped with understanding of these and other philosophies, using all of them to develop treatment plans that are specific to the individual patient.
At Treehouse Counseling Services, the team of licensed and pre-licensed mental health professionals work together to provide their patients with safe spaces to play and heal. They strive to allow trusting relationships to develop between themselves and their patients by utilizing the aforementioned standard psychotherapeutic practices as well as a wide variety of other methods of therapy.
The clinicians at Treehouse Counseling Services have all found specialization and additional certification in Play Therapy, a model of therapy that uses play to communicate with and help people, especially children, to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges. Use of Play Therapy can be found through sand tray, puppets and masks, and other expressive arts.