Person-Centered Therapy: Person-Centered Therapy | Cognitive Therapy | Rational Emotive Therapy | Guided Imagery
Relaxation and Stress Reduction Techniques: Biofeedback | Food, Diet and Nutrition
The Person-Centered Approach views the client as their own best authority on their own experiences, and views the client as being totally capable of reaching their own potential for growth; however, sometimes these personal views can become an integral component for conflict. The therapist assists the client in making every attempt to foster an environment in which the client can encounter themselves and become more intoned with their own thoughts, feelings and meanings. Clients who have strong urges of exploring themselves and their feelings and who value personal responsibility may be particularly attracted to the Person-Centered approach to therapy.
This type of therapy suggests that psychological distress is caused by distorted thoughts about stimuli giving rise to distressed emotions. Clients frequently experience negative thoughts which automatically tend to be negative and the therapist assists the clients into changing their own thought processes into positive thoughts. The therapist will help the client to overcome negative thoughts and avoidance in teaching coping strategies as well as improved skills of awareness, introspection and evaluation.
Rational Emotive Therapy
Rational Emotive Therapy (or EBT) maintains that individuals have it within their power to change their beliefs and philosophies, thereby radically changing their state of psychological health. The main purpose of this theory is to help clients to replace absolutist philosophies, that are full of musts, shoulds and would haves. It teaches that learning to accept the concept that all human beings are fallible and to increase their tolerance for frustration while aiming to achieve their goals. The basic process of change, which this theory attempts to foster, begins with the client’s acknowledgement concerning the existing problem and the ability to identify that problem. In this theory, the counselor will assist the client in actively disputing the client’s irrational beliefs, and challenging the client to accept certain aspects of life that cannot be changed.
Imagery is the most fundamental language that humans possess. Everything that we do is processed by the mind through images. Your thought has a direct influence on the way that you feel and behave. If one dwells on negative thoughts, one would most likely be an unhappy person. Likewise, if one can learn to control images in one’s head, one can help to heal oneself. Through this type of therapy, the therapist can teach the client to use imagination in a way that is purposeful and directed. It can be a tremendously powerful vehicle to get one where one wants to go. Unharnessed, a steady dose of worry and other negative images can alter your physiology and make you more susceptible to a variety of illnesses, ranging from arthritis, to headaches, to heart disease, ulcers and urinary tract infections. Your imagination can be a powerful tool to help you combat stress, tension and anxiety.
Relaxation and Stress Reduction Techniques
This type of therapy teaches one to control muscle tension and involuntary body functioning such as heart rate and skin temperature. This can be a treatment of mastering one’s fears and phobias. It is sometimes used in conjunction with, or as an alternative to, medication in treating disorders such as anxiety, panic and phobias. In this type of therapy, the therapist teaches the client to retrain his or her breathing habits in certain situations that are stressful to induce relaxation and to prevent hyperventilation.
Biofeedback is a treatment technique in which clients are trained to improve their health by understanding and utilizing signals from their own bodies. Therapists can use it to assist clients who are tense and anxious by teaching them how to relax. It is also used for patients who suffer with chronic pain disorders.
In using biofeedback with clients, the therapist can assist the client in seeing or hearing activity inside their bodies such as muscle tension, increased heart rate or even increased skin temperature. Research has demonstrated that biofeedback can help in the treatment of many diseases and painful conditions. It can even assist in clients such as adults and children who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) to increase their attention span and to be able to increase and strengthen concentration problems.
In some cases, Biofeedback is used in conjunction with medication and in some cases as an alternative to the medication modality. It is used for Migraine Headaches, Tension Headaches, and many other types of pain. It is used both to assist in controlling high and low blood pressure. Clients experiencing Stress, Anxiety or Panic Disorders can greatly benefit from the techniques of Biofeedback. Most clients will benefit from Biofeedback by learning to relax and modify their behavior by being tuned to their own body signals. Clients can recognize that they can, by their own efforts and newly gained knowledge, modify behavior, reduce stress and tension, and increase awareness and concentration. By increasing the awareness of one's own body functions, the client can learn techniques that will continue to promote health both physically and psychologically.
If you are suffering from any of these disorders, such as Anxiety, Stress, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADD, ADHD, Chronic Pain, Migraine Headaches, and many other debilitating disorders -- now is the time to heal. Call Savannah Therapy Solutions -- it is the solution to a new beginning!
Food, Diet and Nutrition
Adjusting both diet and nutrition may help certain people with mental illnesses manage their symptoms and promote recovery. For example, certain research suggests that by eliminating milk and wheat products can reduce the intensity of symptoms for those who are schizophrenic and in some children with autism.
As your therapist, I will work and challenge you individually, and will assist you accordingly to your own personal needs. I will devise a personalized treatment plan of care that will utilize the type or types of therapy that will benefit you most. This will allow you to reach your ultimate goals and will assist you in achieving and maintaining your total equilibrium in the discovery and utilization of your own knowledge and skills.