Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT is focused as much as possible on the present and practice. The starting point in cognitive behavioral therapy is: thinking differently leads to different feeling and acting. You get assignments and exercises to perform at home such as registration tasks, writing assignments, exposure exercises, behavioral experiments, thought experiments, communication exercises or relaxation exercises.
This type of therapy is not so much based on possible causes of your problems, but is on strengthening your positive qualities and using solutions that you already have within you. What would you do if, for example, the problem would have been fictitious solved? How would you behave differently? Who or what would have a positive effect on your symptoms? In the treatment we are looking for solutions.
A basic idea of the client-centered psychotherapy is the great importance of the attitude of the psychotherapist in the conversation. This therapeutic approach consists of three elements: compassion, acceptance and authenticity. That is, the psychotherapist empathizes as well as possible with the client, accepts the client as (s)he is, that is (s)he is not judgmental and helps the client not to condemn him- or herself. In the client-centered vision these basic elements create a safe atmosphere in which the client can develop.
Imago (Relationship) Therapy
Imago Relationship Therapy is an effective and compassionate approach to bridging the distance between partners. The principles and practices of Imago Therapy are first described by Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt. The brain unconsciously creates this image of a partner to seek healing, and to leave the wounds of childhood in order to grow. The wounds a person has will unintentionally be repeated by their partner, which unconsciously for the person triggers old emotions. Both people in the relationship will learn how to heal one another, and appreciate them for the person they are. ‘We believe strongly in the Dialogue that we physically design our sessions around it. There are no couches or desks – you sit facing your partner, so it’s easier to talk to each other. An Imago Therapist is acting as facilitator for your conversation. Imago believes our job is to empower you to strengthen your own relationship.’
Schema Therapy J.Young
Schema modes determine how you look at yourself, others and the world. The seed for the way you look is laid in childhood. A schema mode can be seen as a pair of glasses which distorts your view and the way you think and feel and influences your behavior strongly. You can learn how to decrease the impact of your negative modes on your life to give your healthy schemas more space so you´ll develop into a more balanced adult personality.