What is a 'Therapeutic Modality'?
Therapy modalities are various techniques and/or skills used in therapy to cover a wide range of issues/concerns. They are similar to physical therapy, which involves different techniques, such as heat, cold, etc, to treat an injury. Psychological therapy modalities include different approaches to improving a client's overall well-being.
Bee Kind Counselling focuses on a client-centred approach, in simple terms, this means YOU are the driver of the session. While your therapist can provide you the skills and strategies based in various modalities, it is all about what works best for your circumstance.
If you have a particular interest in a therapeutic modality, please speak with your therapist to ensure they can plan sessions accordingly. You are in the drivers seat, you have control over the way in which your therapy sessions are held. We encourage you to hold open conversations with your therapist surrounding your care.
Please note, this page is intended to provide a brief description of the therapeutic modality. If you are interested in learning more, I highly recommend researching the modality in its entirety to best understand how it can support you, or feel free to reach out to schedule a free consultation to further understand how these modalities can best support you.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
DBT primarily helps clients regulate intense emotions and improve interpersonal relationships through validation, acceptance and behaviour change by using mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation to help solve problems.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) combines cognitive behavioural techniques with mindfulness strategies in order to help individuals better understand and manage their thoughts and emotions in order to achieve relief from feelings of distress. MBCT's treatment effects are mediated by augmented self-compassion and mindfulness, along with a decoupling of the relationship between reactivity of depressive thinking and poor outcome.
Positive psychology emphasizes the positive influences in a person's life. These might include character strengths, optimistic emotions, and constructive institutions. This theory is based on the belief that happiness is derived from both emotional and mental factors.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) is a strength-based approach to psychotherapy based on solution-building rather than problem-solving. It is a future-oriented, goal-directed approach to solving human problems of living. The focus is on the client's health rather than the problem, on strengths rather than weaknesses or deficits, and on skills, resources and coping abilities that would help in reaching future goals.
Behavioural activation is based on behaviourism. This is a branch of psychology that focuses on how someone's environment shapes their actions and, therefore, their mental health. The idea behind behavioural activation is that by deliberately practicing certain behaviours, people can “activate” a positive emotional state.
An affirming therapist works with sexually and gender diverse, racially and culturally diverse, and disabled clients to reach their mental wellness goals by encouraging the development of a positive identity and to provide support – especially during the journey of self-discovery. The therapist provides a safe space to explore additional issues such as systemic barriers and to navigate the bias and discrimination within the larger society. In addition, an affirming therapist is connected with the LGBTQ2+ friendly, racial and culturally diverse, and disability supports and resources available within the larger community to support you.
Problem-solving therapy is based on a model that takes into account the importance of real-life problem-solving. In other words, the key to managing the impact of stressful life events is to know how to address issues as they arise. Problem-solving therapy is very practical in its approach and is only concerned with the present, rather than delving into your past.