What is counseling like?
And other questions...
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What types of therapy are there?
There are many different types of therapy. At Thrive Counseling Services we are experienced in individual therapy, marriage counseling and family therapy. All of our approaches are empirically-based and have thousands of hours of rigorous research behind them. The methods we utilize are employed by professionals around the world. Additionally, we use holistic approaches that address an individual as a whole and complex being whose many aspects are interconnected and who lives in an environment that is influenced by their loved ones, society and the resources that are available to them . Below are some of the approaches that therapists at Thrive provide in the Albuquerque area and a brief description of each.
What is a counseling session like?
At Thrive, Albuquerque, our counselors believe that the direction of sessions should based on your needs. For example:
If you are having panic attacks, you may learn skills to manage panic attacks
If you are struggling with drinking too much, you may learn about why you may be drinking in the first place or why your brain craves alcohol on a biological level
If you are having trouble finding and maintaining a healthy relationship, your Thrive counselor may discuss the patterns you engage in when you are in a relationship.
Certain parts of therapy are more structured (such as the initial information-gathering process) and are used to identify treatment goals. Ultimately, it is you, the client, who collaborates with the therapist to choose the direction your treatment will take.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is the most researched and widely used approach in modern counseling treatment. Think of a human being as always being three basic pieces: Thoughts, emotions (bodily sensations can be included here) and behaviors. The really important idea here is that all three of these parts of you are always interacting and taking you in one direction or another.
Think about yourself right now: You are thinking something; maybe you are thinking to yourself, "This whole therapy thing is kind of weird but I think it may really be what I need". This thought is creating a feeling such as excitement and maybe even a little discomfort. These feelings then produce a behavior such as picking up the phone to call a therapist or sending an email to set up a first session, or not. See how all of these parts of you can intermingle and create situations in your life? Using CBT, a counselor helps you become aware that this very powerful process is happening within you and then she or he helps you use this process to be the person that you want to be in your thoughts, emotions and behaviors. CBT is especially powerful for depression, anxiety and addiction issues.
Here is an expert about mindfulness from the MiCBT Institute (http://www.mindfulness.net.au).
"Mindfulness involves paying attention to each event experienced in the present moment within our body and mind, with a non-judgmental, non-reactive and accepting attitude. In learning to be mindful, we can begin to counter many of our everyday sufferings such as stress, anxiety and depression because we are learning to experience events in a more impersonal and detached way. Mindfulness [as used in counseling]... has its roots in Vipassana meditation which was taught in India 2500 years ago and spread across all of Asia. Vipassana means 'insight' or 'seeing things as they truly are'".
At Thrive, mindfulness can be incorporated by your counselor in various ways and for many purposes such as to help give you a way to remain calm during overwhelming events or to enable you to accept thoughts, emotions and body sensations that you cannot make go away. We also use variations of mindfulness for therapy such as Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT).
Trauma Informed Care (TIC)
TIC is more of a framework than a therapeutic technique. By using it in counseling, a Thrive counselor can be sure to care appropriately for someone who has experienced trauma in their life, as well as help them heal from it. At Thrive, we believe deeply that people who have experienced trauma can also achieve post-traumatic growth. Seeking Safety is one approach that is used at Thrive to work with people who have trauma.