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How New Trends in Therapy

Will Help You

Improvement #1: Therapy is getting easier to understand

Modern psychotherapy speaks in terms that are more familiar to most of us than much of the "psychobabble" of the past. Talk about attachment makes much more sense than discussions about obscure sexual drives and motives that seem distant from our experience. Cognitive behavioral techniques are clear in their function, and even more "internal" ways of working with emotions make simple, intuitive sense. Internal Family Systems, mentioned elsewhere on these pages, is one example of this.

 

In short, you won't feel so uncomfortable in therapy as you might have in the past.

Improvement #2: Therapy is getting faster

Simply speaking, a more accurate picture of human problems allows for more effective therapy and faster results. About 20 years ago EMDR came onto the therapeutic scene and faster ways of healing trauma were introduced. Since that time, the current trends in attachment, neuroscience, and internal family systems, for example, have sped up treatment. Medication use has become more sophisticated when needed, and the overall process of psychotherapy has become faster.

Improvement #3: Therapy is getting easier to endure for severe difficulties

The work of healing trauma has become more "user-friendly" in recent years, particularly with the help offered by neuroscience and the field of sensorimotor psychotherapy. There is more and more talk about the "optimum window of arousal" in therapy. What is that about? It is about allowing enough arousal, or emotional intensity, around a topic to make therapy effectiv--without having so much emotional intensity that therapy itself becomes a new trauma. The book by Babette Rothschild listed in the resources column here is a good example of shifting toward more manageable trauma treatment techniques.

Improvement #4: Therapy is becoming more collaborative

These days therapy is much more seen as a therapist-client collaboration than in the past. Though much therapy in the past has been presented as collaborative, I think it is much truer these days. We now have the material to teach clients how to manage their own emotions and determine the speed with which they address therapeutic issues. Therapy is not so heirarchical experience as in the past, with clients looking up to their therapists as "mystical gurus" of a sort.

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