Examples of Results-Oriented Psychotherapy Types

Results-Oriented Psychotherapy

Here are examples of results-oriented psychotherapy types

Behavioral: Both negative and positive behaviors are observed and tracked. Positive behaviors are supported and encouraged; negative behaviors are discouraged. Techniques like the Red Dot Reminder Check-In System are used regularly for results-oriented psychotherapy.

Biofeedback: Instruments are used to retrieve physical feedback of your body (pulse, temperature, etc.) so you can learn how to control your ability to relax, alleviate pain, and reduce your stress levels, benefiting your health and performance in recovery.

  • Neurofeedback (NFB): A type of biofeedback that uses real time electroencephalography (EEG) to illustrate brain activity to control the central nervous system.

Body therapies: There are several types of body therapies and all have a physical focus and style; movement and somatic therapies are examples.

Cognitive Therapy: Thoughts and language, and the feelings and behaviors that result, are examined, assessed, and changed to ensure they are accurate and useful. There is special attention placed on mental perceptions, with the intention of inspiring positive feelings and behaviors.

  • T.E.A.M. Therapy: Testing, Empathy, Agenda Setting, & Methods; provides an individualized framework for conducting evidence-based cognitive therapy. It is known for producing fast results.
    Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT): Purports to manipulate the body’s energy field by tapping on acupuncture points; some think it’s controversial.

Exposure: Intentional contact with a hot trigger in a controlled environment. This results in a gradual lessening of the effects of the specific trigger. After each session, it’s important to totally disconnect from the trigger and reconnect with the present. There are several types of exposure therapies, including EMDR.

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR): Uses cross-hemisphere brain stimulation technology, quickly neutralizing the intensity of triggers; it is used along with other therapy approaches.

Hypnotherapy: Hypnosis is used as part of the therapeutic process to modify the unconscious mind’s negative thoughts and behaviors, such as habits, physical pain, or stress-related issues.

Motivational Interviewing: Focuses on motivation to resolve a conflict (use vs. recovery); it examines and clarifies the best decision to make (recovery).

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP): In NLP, the focus is on language and behavior re-patterning. It emphasizes techniques for personal, relationship, and professional development.

Psycho-Spiritual Approaches: A specific religious or spiritual path, or a general spiritual approach, is brought into the work. Many professionals avoid psycho-spiritual approaches.

Re-patterning: Approaches that shift negative patterns to healthier ones. Examples are NLP and Resonance Re-patterning.

Reality Therapy: A straight-talking, problem solving approach that looks at issues, feelings, and solutions realistically.

Other Approaches: There are many other psychological, psycho-physical, and psycho-spiritual approaches that could be helpful, but there are far too many to describe.

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Professional Therapeutic Styles

Professional Therapeutic Styles

Therapeutic styles – how recovery is approached – differ between counselors, coaches, therapists, and other treatment professionals.

Well-trained professionals will often use a style that combines several approaches in therapeutic styles. In early recovery, the best approach is a straightforward one.

It’s vital that you receive quality treatment and that you are comfortable within your professional relationships, especially when you reach a stage of planning deeper, long-term work, the type only a licensed psychotherapist can provide. To help ensure your recovery is successful, you must be on the same wavelength with the people you work with in terms of the therapeutic style that is best for you. This may not happen overnight. Give the relationship you have with a professional time to develop, but immediately talk to the person about any concerns that may arise.

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Who are psychotherapists?

Psychotherapists are licensed psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, board certified psychiatrists, and licensed mental health counselors who can legally practice psychotherapy. They are qualified to work on all general human issues, such as deep, childhood, and core issues, and any specific areas for which they are trained. This is said to be in their “scope of practice.” Understanding the different certifications, licenses, and other credentials is not necessary to begin recovery, but interview the person you’re considering taking on as your psychotherapist about their background, approaches, and experience to confirm they are a right match for you.

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