Suzanne Lake Giles, MA LHMC
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): is a treatment modality designed specifically for individuals with self-harm behaviors such as self-cutting, suicidal thoughts, urges to suicide, and suicide attempts. It is a Cognitive-Behavioral approach that emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of treatment. The theory behind the approach that some people are prone to react in a more intense and out-of-the-ordinary manner toward certain emotional situations, primarily those found in romantic, family and friend relationships.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT): is a treatment modality that focuses on patterns of thinking and the beliefs that underlie such thinking. By understanding the automatic thoughts that occur in response to certain events we can better understand and therefore change the behaviors that result from such thoughts. CBT is an empirically supported treatment and has been found to be extremely effective for a wide variety of problems, including mood disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, and psychotic disorders.
Motivational Interviewing (MI): Is a a goal oriented, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve their ambivalence. Working toward discovering and resolving the inner conflict is often helpful with exhausting an individuals resistance and working toward inner peace and acceptance of self.
Internal Family Systems (IFS): is a systems based model to help individuals, families and groups to better understand the internal working system set up with multiples parts working sometimes together and often in conflict. The goal is to identify the different parts, the role they play in the system and to create alliances and relationships which are able to integrate and collaborate in the best interest of the whole.
Non Violent Conflict Resolution (NVCR): Is a way of communicating that is highly effective in helping individuals to achieve their goals, increasing positive relationships, helping set boundaries and overall feeling more "heard" in the world which can often increase self esteem.
Narrative Therapy: Narrative therapy is a treatment approach that examines the way people story their lives. One’s life story, or narrative, is made up of those experiences a person selects as important and significant enough to remember and retell. Over time, these stories form the basis of our identities.
When an individual’s story becomes dominated by the difficulties and challenges they have faced, it can have a powerful and negative influence on the way that person sees their life and themselves. Using a narrative treatment approach in therapy allows us to examine how and why an individual selected those events they have made part of their narrative and helps us understand the impact this story has on that individual’s identity. Narrative therapy encourages us to explore other events that have typically been left out of a person’s narrative and gives people a chance to “re-author” their lives, taking charge of their identities in such a way that reflects the individual’s preferred self and way of being in the world.
Strength and Solution Focused Therapy: Solution Focused Therapy focuses on developing concrete solutions to those problems clients identify and prioritize. SFT emphasizes client strengths, resources, and successes and draws on these to help clients achieve their desired goals. Clients are encouraged to envision what they want for their future, rather than examining their past, and are helped to develop action steps to begin moving towards the creation of that future. This therapy is especially well suited to those clients who want to address a specific problem and want their therapy to be time limited.
Collaborative Problem Solving: Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) was first introduced by Dr. Ross Greene in his book The Explosive Child. This treatment model is predicated on the belief that social, emotional, and behavioral challenges in kids are best understood as manifestations of lagging skills sets rather than as resulting from manipulative tendencies or laziness, for example. This treatment approach addresses such challenges by identifying and building those skills that are in need of development through a collaborative, rather than coercive, process in which the child is a willing and able participant in his or her own treatment.