Do You Know What Kind of Therapy You’re In?

So let’s talk therapy.  There are so many different kinds of therapy.  Different theories, different modes, different styles.  How many different kind of therapy do you think you’ve been exposed to?  I’m trying to remember.  There’s been individual counselling as well as a few couple sessions.  I’ve done several different types of group therapy.  I’ve done online chatting both individually and as a group.  I’ve also done forums and of course this blog I would also consider therapy, albeit self-directed.

I’ve been taught CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy).  I’ve had one counsellor that described her style as coming from a feminist perspective, another as a family systems theorist.  There’s client centered healing, oh  and my latest read was based on a Janetian theory which pays much attention to hierarchies of action systems.  There are many things you do in therapy like processing memories and learning practical skills.  There are countless theories and approaches.

I look at this and I think, “I should be the healthiest person around!”  There are a thousand types of therapy I’ve not been exposed to as well.  Do you know what theories your therapist is partial to?  Do you think yo have the right to know?  when I was younger it didn’t even occur to me to ask.  When I was moving to escape the bad guys I did ask that therapist what her main perspective came from so that I could tell any future therapist what I had worked with in the past.  Then I read this article by Kathy Broady and she talks about her approach at great length with her clients.

I have a great deal of respect for Kathy.  I discovered Discussing Dissociation when I was without a therapist after i moved.  i found all of the articles so informative and so in tune with what my experiences were.  Kathy is very knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to DID.  I know there has been some controversy out there about her but from my own personal experience, she’s been great.  A life saver even.

Anyway, I just wanted to p[ut these few questions out to see where you all stand.  Do you know what theories your therapist ascribes to?  Do you have a particular approach you feel you respond to better than others?  For any therapist out there, do you feel you are flexible as to what theory you use according to what client or do you stay rigidly within one or two?  Let me know what you’re thinking.


5 thoughts on “Do You Know What Kind of Therapy You’re In?

  1. Hi PPP, our therapist is a marriage and family therapist and hypnotist. She’s pretty eclectic in her approach I suppose. We’ve processed memories and done some coping skills training. She’s never hypnotized us or anything though. She’s never spoken the “I” word (integration) either. She believes more  in incorporation, she’s talked about incorporation therapy before. Now I wanna ask her which approach she subscribes to, but I’m willing to bet it’s something along the lines of a creative eclectic approach. We’ve done DBT a bit… Not for us. Never heard of “theophostics”… Have to look that up too. She’s seems to have an approach very similar to Kathy’s although I have not done too much work with Kathy.
    My 2 cents…

    1. Your T sounds very cool IP. I’m glad you’ve found someone that works for you. I believe that having an eclectic approach is important. I didn’t take to DBT at first either. I found it very cold and impersonal or something. But I have learned a few things in my DBT group over these last months so I’m a bit of a convert. Thanks for the reply and welcome back!!

  2. when I was younger I underwent group therapy, cbt and talking therapy. One woman tried EFT therapy and she wanted to try sand/play therapy but I said I didn’t want to (it was all for bulimia) , now I have no idea. I’m not in therapy I just see psychs, and they don’t do that do they?

    I think it’s fine for them to not tell you, I think it’s best sometimes even because then you don’t have any prejudices against it’s motive or success rate.

    I think if they think it will help you, then thats great. Only if you have a rubbish T should it be a problem. x

  3. My wife’s counselor is using a technique called “theophostics”. But her counselor is very eclectic and is willing to try lots of things.

    I guess what I do with the little girls would be technically called “reparenting” which is probably impracticable for anyone but a spouse or the actual parents to do.


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