Art therapy can be used to treat a varied range of emotional issues. It is based on the belief that the creative process is healing and life-enhancing. As the individual paints or draws, a skilled therapist can use the client’s works of art and their approach to the process as a foundation to help them gain personal insight, improve their judgment, cope with stress, and work through traumatic experiences.

Attachment-based therapy is a form of therapy that applies to approaches based on attachment theory, which explains how the impact of a parental relationship has on a child’s development.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy emphasizes the importance of the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. It is established on the belief that thoughts, rather than people or events, cause our negative feelings. The therapist supports the client in identifying, testing the reality of, and correcting irrational thoughts that underlie his or her thinking. The therapist then moves forward by helping the client modify those thoughts and behaviors that result from them. CBT is a structured approach between the therapist and client and often requires homework assignments.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) combines elements of CBT to help regulate emotion through distress tolerance and mindfulness. The main focus of Dialectical Behavior Therapy is to ease the intense emotional pain.

Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) is an approach to therapy that helps clients recognize their emotions, learn to experience and explore them, to understand them and then to manage them. EFT supports the idea that emotions can be changed, first by arriving at or ‘living’ the maladaptive emotion (e.g. loss, fear or shame) in session, and then learning to transform it.

The humanistic method takes a positive view of human nature and emphasizes the uniqueness of the individual. The therapist works with the client to explore the nature of creativity, love, and self-actualization, to help them realize their potential through change and self-directed growth.

Interpersonal therapy is a short-term psychotherapy in which the therapist and client identify the issues and difficulties of interpersonal relationships. The therapist also explores the client’s life history to help recognize problem areas and then work toward ways to resolve them.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is a two-part therapy that aims to reduce stress, manage pain, and embrace the freedom to respond to situations by choice. MCBT blends two approaches (cognitive therapy and mindfulness). The client pays attention to their feelings to reach an objective mindset.

Motivational Interviewing works to engage the motivation of clients to change their behavior. Clients are encouraged to discover and challenge their ambivalence. The therapist attempts to encourage their client to consider making changes, rather than non-directively explore themselves.

Narrative Therapy uses the client’s storytelling to specify the way they conceptualize meaning in their lives, rather than focus on how they communicate their problem behaviors. Narrative Therapy embraces the idea that stories shape our behaviors and that we become the stories we tell about ourselves.

Solution-focused therapy, sometimes called “brief therapy,” focuses on what clients would like to achieve through therapy rather than on their mental health issues. The therapist helps the client imagine a desirable future, and then design the small and large changes necessary for the client to undergo to realize their vision.

Trauma focused therapy helps people who may be have experienced post-traumatic stress after a traumatic event to return to a healthy state.


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