Treatment is conducted with an eclectic approach, utilizing Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral, and Adlerian Psychodynamic Theory. Therapeutic process begins with a relaxed yet thorough discussion designed to explore all matters important to the client. Throughout the therapeutic journey, goals are created and monitored as the center of therapy. Various approaches and techniques may be utilized throughout the therapy process. Some of these approaches are defined for a better understanding below.
Defining Therapeutic Approaches
Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a systems therapy designed to recognize the valuable "parts" that exist within each of us. Each "part" has qualities that provide functioning for the individual, but life experiences can often "reorganize the system" in unhealthy ways. The therapy works with each "part" of the system to understand its needs and experiences. The "parts" can be considered sub-personalities that exist surrounding the self. Depending on the experiences of each protective part of the being, the part can function in centered/productive manners or extreme roles to protect the self. The Internal Family System therapy is a therapeutic tool to create and/or enhance the connection between the "parts".
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) creates an awareness of negative interpretations and behavioral patterns which reinforce distorted thinking. The goal is to create an alternative way of thinking and behaving to reduce distress.
Mindfulness-Based Interventions create a state in which one becomes more aware of their physical, mental, and emotional condition in the present moment - without becoming overly judgmental of the experience.
Adlerian Psychodynamic Theory emphasizes individuals' strong need to belong and feel significant, and encourages therapists to understand people from a social context. The approach focuses on the development of the personality through birth order, style of life, and parenting leading to an understanding of interconnectedness. Adlerian psychology, often referred to as individual psychology, emphasizes that disfunction typically comes from feelings of inferiority.
Family Systems is the perspective that individuals need to be understood within their family unit to understand their emotional perspective. The theory explains the strong influence each family member has on each of the other family members' emotional unit.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
The Founder of IFS, Richard Schwartz, explains the theory and practice of the therapy and how every person can simplify their lives.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Therapy model explained in a simplistic manner to breakdown the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that occur due to personal interpretations of events.