Most of the therapists at our Center use an integrative approach. Integrative therapy combines the most effective types of counseling and psychotherapy. We tailor our approach to meet your unique needs and personal style.
Our Center combines the most effective types of couples therapy available today – this is referred to as Integrative Couples Therapy. These highly effective and proven methods include:
Cognitive and CBT
The primary focus of cognitive therapy is on thoughts and beliefs (also known as “schemas”). CBT addresses thoughts, beliefs, and behavior change. The theory behind this approach is that our emotional reactions and life difficulties result from irrational or inappropriate ways of thinking (or rigid, ineffective patterns of behavior). Changing the way we think about things – and our ineffective behavior patterns – improves our emotional state, relationships and other aspects of life. Cognitive therapy has been shown to be effective with many life problems, especially depression and anxiety disorders.
Also known as analytically oriented psychotherapy. This widely practiced and highly effective therapy tends to focus mostly on exploration and insight. There are many types of psychodynamic therapy, including Freudian, Jungian, and other versions of depth psychology. This therapy examines unconscious or subconscious content, conflicts, defenses, and motivations. The deeper level of personal insight is effective in helping people to understand and appreciate their “true self,” to alleviate distressing emotional and psychological symptoms, and to identify more effective coping mechanisms. There is an emphasis on understanding developmental influences – that is, how childhood experience shapes each individual.
Client Centered, Humanistic, Experiential
This might be considered the second generation of psychotherapy, gaining popularity in the mid-20th century. Client Centered Therapy, developed by Carl Rogers, is based on unconditional positive regard, empathy and authenticity by the counselor or therapist. The Humanistic therapies emphasize our basic ability to make rational choices in life, and to realize our true potential. Experiential and Gestalt therapies (including psychodrama, existential therapy and others) focus on the here and now, acceptance, free-will, and the meaning of life and experience.
Mindfulness Based Therapy
Mindfulness and mind-body therapies stem from Eastern or Buddhist Psychology. Mindfulness is present moment awareness without judgment – a state of focused open attention to one’s self, other people, and one’s surroundings. Mind-body practice is useful in finding peace and serenity in a stressful life. Mindfulness practice is an important tool in most of the mind-body, holistic approaches to emotional and psychological healing. Principles and methods such as non-reactivity, breathing exercises and meditation and emotional detachment are central to this approach.
Solution Focused & Brief Therapies
These short-term therapies – usually 6-12 sessions – are goal-oriented, and focused on specific problems, conflicts, and decisions. The focus is mostly on the present and the future – with little attention paid to past events such as childhood experiences. Competencies, abilities, and the belief that change is possible are central to this approach.
Hypnotherapy can be utilized as part of the therapy process for emotional, psychosocial, and physical difficulties. It is often most effective when the client feels “stuck” or to enhance change in the therapy process. Hypnotherapy aims to facilitate subconscious and internal awareness that can be useful in facilitating inner exploration, which aides in automatic changes. A level beyond individual’s normal state of awareness is explored to aid in achieving goals, decrease emotional and/or physical discomfort, and improve wellness.
The counselors and therapists at the Relationship Center of South Florida have many years of advanced training and experience in these and other therapeutic approaches. For additional information, or to set up an appointment, contact us today.