What Works…

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.                                                                                                                    Psalm 147:3

I typically employ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with my clients as a preferred treatment modality. I also like Solution Focused techniques. I find these approaches to be both practical and effective. Indeed, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be the most effective treatment for a number of mental health diagnoses. While I like an eclectic approach, incorporating modalities to my own natural instincts, as well as the unique needs of the client, CBT appears to be a very practical, effective approach.

Sometimes, I need to challenge my clients with actions, and confront what appears to be avoidance of personal responsibility. Problem ownership and personal responsibility are important not only for the collective good of society, those principles are important for dealing with personal mental health problems.

That is why I remind clients at times that, while looking back in history for origins of certain problems can be important, it does not solve the problem. Starting from right now with the hard work of changing behaviors is the key to success. Feelings will improve as behaviors toward health are begun.

Please understand, I recognize the terrible pain and hardship of early trauma in life. Indeed, it can shape the way we see the world, and much trauma-affected thinking often needs to be changed. Unfortunately, many people have not had the wonderful supportive family of origin that many of us have had. Therefore, we recognize and honor past pain in life. However, we cannot live there, and that is the art of counseling- to hear and try to understand the pain of the past, and work toward the healing of the present and future.

Prayer: Father, give us wisdom and freedom as we work to heal the broken areas of our life, Amen.

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