DSST Fundamentals of counseling study sheet

Some clinicians and researchers are more cognitive

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Some clinicians and researchers are more cognitive oriented (e.g. cognitive restructuring ), while others are more behaviorally oriented (in vivo exposure therapy ). Other interventions combine both (e.g. imaginal exposure therapy). Eclecticism is a conceptual approach that does not hold rigidly to a single paradigm or set of assumptions, but instead draws upon multiple theories, styles, or ideas to gain complementary insights into a subject, or applies different theories in particular cases. Family therapy , also referred to as couple and family therapy and family systems therapy, is a branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development. It tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health.What the different schools of family therapy have in common is a belief that, regardless of the origin of the problem, and regardless of whether the clients consider it an "individual" or "family" issue, involving families in solutions is often beneficial. This involvement of families is commonly accomplished by their direct participation in the therapy session. The skills of the family therapist thus include the ability to influence conversations in a way that catalyzes the strengths, wisdom, and support of the wider system. In the field's early years, many clinicians defined the family in a narrow, traditional manner usually including parents and children. As the field has evolved, the concept of the family is more commonly defined in terms of strongly supportive, long-term roles and relationships between people who may or may not be related by blood. Family therapy has been used effectively in the full range of human dilemmas; there is no category of relationship or psychological problem that has not been addressed with this approach. Gestalt therapy focuses on process (what is actually happening) rather than content (what is being talked about). The emphasis is on what is being done, thought, and felt at the present moment, rather than on what was, might be, could be, or should have been. Gestalt therapy is a method of awareness practice, by which perceiving, feeling, and acting are understood to be separate from interpreting, explaining, and judging. This distinction between direct experience versus indirect or secondary interpretation is developed in the process of therapy. The client learns to become aware of what they are doing and how they can change. By becoming aware of, and transforming, their process of being, they develop self-acceptance and the ability to experience more in the "now" without as much interference from psychological baggage of the past. The objective of Gestalt therapy is to enable the client to become more fully and creatively alive, and to become free from the blocks and unfinished business that may diminish satisfaction, fulfillment, and growth. For this reason Gestalt therapy falls within the category of
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