While there are several broad categories of approaches to psychotherapy, we at Blue & Associates do not specifically subscribe to any one particular strategy. Rather, our therapeutic orientation is eclectic and integrative, that is, we blend and adapt elements from a variety of counseling and psychological theories appropriate to your unique personal needs as a client and tailor your treatment accordingly.
In brief, the psychotherapeutic theories from which we blend our integrative counseling approach are as follows:
- Humanistic Therapy - This approach emphasizes the individual's capacity to make rational choices and develop to their maximum potential. The premise here is that the client is the "expert" on his or her life and seeks therapy with an inherent desire to behave in healthy and productive ways. The concern and respect for others are also important themes.
Three classifications of humanistic therapy are particularly influential.
Client-centered Therapy - This approach rejects the idea of therapists as authorities on their client's inner experiences. Instead, therapists help clients change by emphasizing their care, concern and interest.
Gestalt Therapy - The emphasis here is the importance of being aware of the here and now and accepting responsibility for oneself.
Existential Therapy - The focus here is on free will, self-determination and the search for meaning.
As stated earlier, our approach to treatment is integrative and we work to tailor your treatment to your unique personal needs. We would welcome the opportunity to work with you, your family, friends and/or co-workers.