Therapy Modalities

      Many forms of therapy attempt to correct symptoms by creating new thoughts and behaviors to replace so-called “dysfunctional” thoughts and behaviors. This corrective approach, even when successful, is often pathologizing and does not address the root cause of the symptoms the person is dealing with. Transformational therapies and corrective therapies differ in their approaches, goals, and underlying philosophies. Our clinic is focused on transformational models of psychotherapy to help you make lasting change in your life in a non-pathologizing, supportive environment.

Approaches & Methods

Corrective Therapy

  • Symptom-Focused: Primarily targets specific symptoms and behaviors deemed dysfunctional or maladaptive.
  • Behavioral and Cognitive Techniques: Often uses techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to modify thoughts and behaviors directly.
  • Structured and Directive: Therapists typically provide structured guidance and specific strategies to change thought patterns and behaviors.

Transformational Therapy

  • Holistic and Integrative: Seeks to understand and transform the underlying emotional and psychological causes of symptoms.
  • Exploratory and Experiential: Employs methods that explore deep emotional experiences and seeks to understand why symptoms have been necessary.
  • Client-Centered and Insight-Oriented: Focuses on the client’s self-discovery and personal growth, encouraging insight and emotional processing.

Goals & Outcomes

 

Corrective Therapy:

  • Behavioral Change: Aims to correct or replace dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors with healthier alternatives.
  • Symptom Reduction: Success is often measured by the reduction or elimination of specific symptoms.
  • Skill Development: Emphasizes building coping skills and strategies for managing symptoms.

 

Transformational Therapy:

  • Deep Healing: Aims for profound emotional and psychological healing by addressing root causes.
  • Personal Transformation: Seeks to facilitate significant personal growth and transformation, leading to lasting changes in the client’s sense of self and life experiences.
  • Holistic Well-Being: Success is gauged by overall improvements in emotional well-being, self-awareness, and life satisfaction.

Philosophies & Perspectives

Corrective Therapy:

  • Pathologizing Perspective: Often views symptoms as dysfunctions or abnormalities that need correction.
  • Directive Role: Therapists take a more directive role, providing solutions and techniques for clients to implement.

 

Transformational Therapy:

  • Non-Pathologizing Perspective: Sees symptoms as meaningful responses to past experiences and aims to understand their origins.
  • Collaborative Role: Therapists work collaboratively with clients, facilitating a journey of self-discovery and transformation.

     In summary, while corrective therapy focuses on changing specific behaviors and thoughts to reduce symptoms, transformational therapy delves into the deeper emotional and psychological roots of these symptoms, aiming for holistic and lasting personal transformation.