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Therapy Modalities

An Overview of Some General Therapy Modalities As Well As Ones We Utilize at Branching Out Wellbeing

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a widely studied methodology that reveals the relationship between beliefs, thoughts, and feelings, and the behaviors that follow. Through CBT, people learn that their perceptions directly influence how they respond to specific situations. In other words, a person’s thought process informs their behaviors and actions.

Attachment Therapy

Attachment refers to the ability to form emotional bonds and empathic, enjoyable relationships with other people, especially close family members. Insecure attachment early in life may lead to attachment issues and difficulty forming relationships throughout life.

Sex Therapy

Okay, sex therapy isn't a modality in itself, but having a sex therapy certificate does mean that your therapist has additional training in anatomy, sexual diversity and applying other interventions to sex-related topics.

Existential Therapy

Existential psychotherapy is a style of therapy that places emphasis on the human condition as a whole. Existential psychotherapy uses a positive approach that applauds human capacities and aspirations while simultaneously acknowledging human limitations.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT uses four modules: Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance, and Emotion Regulation to help clients create and maintain consistent, stable, personal environments in which they are more comfortable with change.

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)

Internal Family Systems is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on a client's internal “parts” and “Self.” In IFS, the mind is considered to be naturally made up of multiple sub-personalities or families within each individual's mental system.

Gottman Therapy

The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are to disarm conflicting verbal communication; increase intimacy, respect, and affection; remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy; and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) teaches mindfulness skills to help individuals live and behave in ways consistent with personal values while developing psychological flexibility.

By recognizing and addressing these challenges, individuals can become better able to make room for values-based actions that support well-being.  

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) combines cognitive behavioral techniques with mindfulness strategies in order to help individuals better understand and manage their thoughts and emotions in order to achieve relief from feelings of distress.

Narrative Therapy

Narrative therapy is a form of counseling that views people as separate from their problems. This allows clients to get some distance from the issue to see how it might actually be helping them, or protecting them, more than it is hurting them.

Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotionally focused therapy can help people address attachment-related insecurities and learn how to interact with their romantic partners in more loving, responsive, and emotionally connected ways, which can result in a more secure attachment.

Polyvagal Theory

Polyvagal theory combines psychoeducation and experiential learning to understand how the body shifts between different states of the autonomic nervous system to help begin to create the ability to feel safer in ones body, connect in healthier ways with others, and learn how to be more attune with ourselves and the world around us.