Simply put, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on the interconnection of one’s thoughts, behaviors, and emotional experiences. Change can happen when goals are set to modify any part of the thoughts, behaviors, and emotions link. Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, individuals learn that their perceptions directly influence how they respond to specific situations by increasing awareness of negative and irrational self-talk and unhealthy behaviors and teaching tools to help overcome those self-limiting beliefs and behaviors.
Attachment-based therapy looks at the connection between an infant’s early experiences with primary caregivers, and the infant’s ability to develop and form healthy emotional and physical relationships as an adult. It focuses on thoughts, feelings, communications, behavioral patterns, and interpersonal exchanges that individuals have learned through those early experiences to either suppress and avoid or to amplify and overemphasize. Attachment-based therapy focuses on building emotional bonds, trust and empathic, enjoyable relationships with others.
Mindfulness simply means maintaining a nonjudgmental, moment-to-moment awareness. It means bringing one's attention to the here and now and to not judge, rather to let go, of any judgements and expectations one may have about whatever is happening in the moment.
Key Principles of Mindfulness:
- Beginners Mind
- Letting go
Positive Psychology puts emphasis on the positive factors and influences in one’s life. It focuses on moving away from what is ‘wrong’ or the negative aspects of an individual, and instead moves towards what is good, positive and healthy in the individual, their life and their relationships. Positive Psychology considers and works towards developing an individual’s happiness, well-being, and quality of life, It focuses on their character strengths, optimistic emotions, engagement in life, healthy relationships, meaning in life and reaching goals. Positive Psychology helps individuals to identify happiness from moment to moment while finding appreciation in these moments.
Solution Focused Therapy puts focus on a clients present and future situations and goals. It is goal-oriented, which means that a therapist provides the support and encouragement a client needs in order to reach their goals, while taking into consideration and exploring the skills, strengths, resources and abilities needed in order to reach the desired outcome successfully.
Key Principles of Solution Focused Therapy:
- If it is not broken, we don’t fix it.
- Once you know that something works, then do more of it.
- If something is not working, then do something differently.
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