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This article appeared originally on the website teentruthlive.com and was written by IHC founder Anne Parpas.
At Integrative Health Consultants, we use a variety of approaches to help our clients. One such is based on a model called Cognitive Behavioral therapy. Here is a bit of information about the background of this treatment approach.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT as it is known, is based on the scientifically supported assumption that most emotional and behavioral reactions are learned. Therefore, the goal of therapy is to help clients unlearn their unwanted reactions and to learn a new way of reacting. Therefore, CBT has nothing to do with “just talking”. People can “just talk” with anyone. The educational emphasis of CBT has an additional benefit — it leads to long term results. When people understand how and why they are doing well, they know what to do to continue doing well.
CBT is “problem focused” (undertaken for specific problems) and “action oriented” (therapist tries to assist the client in selecting specific strategies to help address those problems).
First off, the thing that makes it integrative is that we don’t belong to any single “camp” in therapeutic approaches – we are “multi-discipline” in our approach. However, there are some philosophical “foundations” in therapy that underpin our counseling work. One is called “Solution-Focused Brief Therapy”, or SFB. The following is a brief overview of what it is about, with a link to a fuller description.
SFBT has not only become one of the leading schools of brief therapy, it has become a major influence in such diverse fields as business, social policy, education, and criminal justice services, child welfare, domestic violence offenders treatment. Described as a practical, goal-driven model, a hallmark of SFBT is its emphasis on clear, concise, realistic goal negotiations. The SFBT approach assumes that all clients have some knowledge of what would make their life better, even though they may need some (at times, considerable) help describing the details of their better life and that everyone who seeks help already possesses at least the minimal skills necessary to create solutions.