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  • Writer's pictureWerner Briedenhann

Types of therapies I use in my practice.

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My practice has an integrative approach. This means therapy is informed by a variety of therapeutic modalities. Using an integrative approach allows me to gain a holistic understanding of the person in front of me. It also allows me to draw from various therapies to assist in fostering change.

Therapy modalities are a bit like balls in sports. In essence, different sports have different types of balls they use. They may look a bit different and have different functions, but in the end, they are all balls. How we use them is what matters.

Here is a brief overview of the types of therapies I use in my practice:

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a widely used and evidence-based form of talk therapy that focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviours to improve mental health and well-being. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are interconnected, and by addressing and altering unhelpful thought patterns and behaviours, individuals can achieve positive changes in their lives.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a structured and evidence-based therapeutic approach that combines elements of cognitive-behavioural techniques with acceptance and mindfulness strategies. It is particularly effective for individuals who struggle with intense emotional reactions, impulsivity, self-destructive behaviours, and difficulty in interpersonal relationships.

Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT) is a goal-oriented and brief therapeutic approach that focuses on identifying and building solutions rather than dwelling on problems or the past. SFT is a strengths-based and collaborative form of therapy that encourages individuals to envision their preferred future and work towards achieving it. It is grounded in the belief that clients already possess the resources and abilities needed to create positive change in their lives. Solution-Focused Therapy is particularly effective for clients who want to make changes in their lives but may feel stuck or overwhelmed by problems. It offers a more optimistic perspective, helping clients tap into their own resources and resilience to find solutions and create change.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centred and collaborative therapeutic approach designed to elicit and strengthen an individual's intrinsic motivation for change. It is often used in the context of addressing behaviours or habits that are challenging to alter, such as addiction or unhealthy lifestyle choices. Motivational Interviewing is a goal-oriented and empathetic form of therapy that helps individuals explore their own reasons for change and increase their commitment to making positive changes in their lives. The aim is to help individuals overcome ambivalence, find their own motivations for change, and take meaningful steps towards well-being.

Reality Therapy is a practical and action-oriented form of psychotherapy that emphasises personal responsibility and choice. It is based on the belief that individuals have the power to make choices and take actions to improve their lives, regardless of past experiences or circumstances. Reality Therapy is used to address a wide range of issues, including relationship problems, addiction, anger management, and personal growth.

Person-Centred Therapy is a compassionate and non-directive form of psychotherapy that centres on the client's unique experiences, emotions, and perspectives. It is particularly effective for individuals seeking a supportive and empathetic environment to explore their feelings and challenges. This therapeutic approach believes that, given the right conditions and support, individuals have the capacity to navigate their own paths to self-fulfilment and positive change. It fosters self-awareness, self-acceptance, and a deeper understanding of one's own experiences.


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