Benefits Of Interpersonal Therapy

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Psychotherapy theoretical orientations This paper will address my personal inclinations regarding therapy. Discussion about the merits of cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, integrative, feminist, and social justice therapy will take place. Theoretical summaries, the strengths, and the weaknesses of these orientations will be discussed. In addition, approaches that I do not resonate with will also be addressed. In all, the paper will discuss my current gravitation toward a technical eclectic therapeutic orientation. Aligned Theoretical Orientations Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one orientation that appealed to me. According to Wenzel (2017), cognitive-behavioral therapy is a problem-solving approach to therapy that mainly…show more content…
This therapy, according to Connors (2017), is a theoretical orientation emphasizing a client’s recurring patterns. These patterns can involve affect, relationships or problematic beliefs. I believe that many people adopt recurring themes that may prove problematic. Addressing these themes in therapy can be valuable. Similarly, I resonate with the ideas surrounding feminist and social justice therapy. According to Connors (2017), feminist therapy emphasizes the influences of society upon the individual. Empowerment, an egalitarian therapeutic relationship, and identity are cited as important components of this orientation. An appeal of feminist therapy is its versatility. It can be utilized to examine many people’s roles in society and how it may affect their psychological…show more content…
For instance, I personally did not find psychodynamic therapy as an orientation appealing. According to Connors (2017), psychodynamic therapy aims to facilitate the expression of repressed material and bring the unconscious into awareness. Insight is stated to be an important mechanism of change in psychodynamic therapy (Connors, 2017). I believe that fostering insight is valuable. It can help a client gain more perspective on their lives. However, I do not think that psychodynamic therapy’s stringent focus on insight is sufficient. I believe that additional steps, such as behavioral modification, are needed to facilitate change. Psychodynamic therapy also has a focus on exploring unresolved conflicts in a client’s childhood (Connors, 2017). Providing context to a person’s patterns of behavior or cognitions can be useful. However, I think that focusing excessively on the past can instead be detrimental to therapeutic work. I personally believe that focusing on the present is typically more useful than the

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