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 aims to change maladaptive cognitions. There are several strengths associated with this approach. This orientation emphasis collaboration between the therapist and client. It is also specifically cited as strategic, tailoring therapy to each client’s unique circumstances. Another theoretical orientation I identify with is the interpersonal process approach to therapy. 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. A... ... middle of paper ... ...ated, I identify with behavioral, multicultural, integrative, and feminist orientations. I also see merit in solutions-based and strengths-based approaches. I can see the value of person-centered therapies as well. However, I am surprised to see I did not score highly on the cognitive scale. Besides the technical eclecticism model, I find myself gravitating towards cognitive-behavioral orientations the most. In this case, I suspect that the results may be due to my stronger admiration of the behavioral aspects of the model. Conclusions Overall I believe that I currently identify as technical eclectic. I believe in pragmatism above all in terms of treatment. Moving forward however, I believe it can be beneficial to keep an open mind in regards to therapy. I want to keep in mind that different schools of therapy can offer important insights into different situations.
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