For your convenience we have provided a list of techniques and their definitions to help aid in a better understanding of some of the practices we engage in here at Graceful Changes Psychotherapy.
As always, we welcome any question or comments about our approach to therapy and would love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out at any time,
A guide to different types of therapy:
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
A technique built on the understanding that humans are wired to heal themselves. AEDP is an approach that seeks to alleviate a person's psychological suffering by helping them process the overwhelming emotions associated with trauma in a way that facilitates corrective emotional and relational experiences that mobilize changes in the brain.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
ACT therapy encourages mindfulness to overcome the negative attitudes, thoughts, and feelings that
result from difficulties that come with life. This is a model of accepting our reactions, staying
present, and making choices that then enable us to take action. Someone who struggles with social
anxiety, continued stress, and depression could benefit from ACT.
Therapist use engagement, insight, and reorientation to help the client understand what their
roadblocks are in achieving their goals, and to recognize the steps they need to take to get closer to
their ultimate goal. This may be a preferred approach for those who struggle with health goals,
obsession compulsive disorder (OCD), addiction, or other self-destructive behavior.
The therapist taps into the experiences that influence the client’s early attachment experiences, or
the bonds that developed between them and their early caregivers, in order to resolve the resulting
feelings, thoughts, communications, and behaviors they have adopted as avoidant coping
mechanisms. This approach is often used in parent-child and family sessions.
Therapist helps the client develop control over otherwise involuntary physiological functions, such as
body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Therapy session increase self-awareness by
measuring bodily responses to various interventions. Through biofeedback, a client can learn to
monitor and relax their body’s physical sensations. Someone that struggles with anxiety would be a
strong candidate for biofeedback therapy.
Encourages mindfulness of body sensation. Awareness of how the body responds to certain
experiences informs you on your developmental sphere. This is a great approach for those who seek
to be more in tune with the neuroscience behind the body movements and reflexes, with the goal of
being more empowered, intentional, and self-aware in their experiences.
This therapy encourages mindfulness and increased self-awareness via breathing exercises. Those
with depression, anxiety, or extreme levels of stress may appreciate the pause, relaxation, and
opportunity for reflection that breath work brings.
The belief that each individual can only control themselves and that they have limited power over
the choices of others. This therapy moves the focus away from directing others, and instead
encourages accountability for oneself. A therapeutic approach with these pillars may be effective
for parents, partners, and those experiencing workplace conflict.
This perspective allows the client to take the reins. The therapist acts as a guide, helping the client to
understand their inner struggles and feelings. The therapist takes a non-directive approach and
allows the client to explore themselves freely without interruption. This type of therapy values
acceptance and empathy and encourages the client to freely express their thoughts, emotions, and
desire without challenge or redirection from the therapist.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT focuses on the relationship between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Specifically, it suggests
that thoughts create emotions, and then emotions drive behavior. This type of therapy works by
identifying and correcting the negative thoughts that influence certain emotions, so they do not
trigger undesirable or harmful behavior toward self or others.
This approach allows you to apply you own understanding of your experiences. In this mode, your
therapist is less likely to direct the conversation, with you drawing conclusions of cognitive and
behavioral shifts that you need to make. This is a great approach for someone who values candid
explorations of their experiences and problems as a route to reflecting on options and solutions.
Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)
Encourages people to respond to their experiences with compassion. CFT is a great choice for you in
you struggle with shame and self-criticism. CFT can help you nurture compassion for yourself and
Emphasizes that your sense of reality is built from your life experiences. Your therapist is there to
encourage your strengths, and act as a facilitator of change. While regard is given to any diagnoses,
your therapist may not place as much emphasis on the mental illness as they would in traditional
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
DBT focuses on the way that emotions are connected with thoughts and behavior, rather than the
way thoughts influence emotions. This type of therapy also incorporates the concepts of acceptance
and mindfulness to help clients let go of things they cannot control, accept things that are
unpleasant or upsetting, and learn how to live peacefully with themselves and their environment.
This is an open approach that adapts to your needs. It brings together a number of different
therapies, depending on your goals. Eclectic Therapy is a great option if you’re having trouble
deciding which form of therapy may best assist you, as these therapists are seasoned in various
Emotionally Focused Therapy
EFT is a scientifically proven, cutting edge psychotherapy intervention that prioritizes emotion and
emotional regulation as key agents in individual experiences and relationships. EFT operationalizes
the science of attachment using experiential and systems techniques.
Therapy focuses on philosophical and existential themes rather than technique or evidence-based
practices. The client and the therapist focus on the internal and spiritual struggles that the client
faces to achieve existential, emotional, and psychological understanding. The goal of therapy is
insight, not resolution. With insight, a client gains an understanding of themselves and how they fit
into the world.
Consists of guided re-experiencing of specific situations that you have experienced or continue to
experience in your relationships. Re-experiencing these situations gives you an opportunity to
explore the subconscious layer of issues that may not be as apparent when you first experience a
situation. Equine, music, drama, and art are all forms of experiential therapy. These forms of
therapy are ideal for someone who believes that re-experiencing their challenges in an alternative
form will help them uncover keys to their healing.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR therapy is specifically designed to help people who have post-traumatic stress disorder and
related issues. EMDR is designed to help the client cope with trauma and abuse by lessening the
intensity of their traumatic memories and the distressing symptoms that they cause. The therapist
will encourage the client to briefly focus on a trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing
external stimulation which will distract the brain from becoming too overwhelmed.
Family Constellations Therapy
Relies on addressing family dynamics to uncover the triggers that negatively impact your
relationships. In a group therapy environment, different people are positioned as stand-ins for
family members and you have the oppotunity to understand how each individual relationship
impacts your relationship with yourself and with others.
This form of therapy helps you find reconciliation within your familial relationships. Founded on the
concept that each member of the family contributes to the health of the family system, this
approach is a great option for families that are experiencing a level of dysfunction that feels
unmanageable. The guidance of a therapist could accelerate the healing of each individual, and thus
the relationships that you hold with each other.
Founded on the challenges and stresses that women face specifically because they are women. This
could be a great option for someone who’s experiencing discrimination in the workplace, or
struggling with post-party’s depression, infertility, and gender roles.
The therapist expresses unconditional acceptance and empathy while keeping the client focused on
the present. The goals of this type of therapy are self-awareness and acceptance of the client’s
reality. The therapist acts as a guide, not a leader. The client grows in their way on their own time
without interruption from the therapist.
A form of therapy that is founded on the Sound Relationship House Theory. This theory helps to
break down miscommunication and other barriers to the connection, intimacy, and understanding
that couples need to foster a healthy relationship. Gottman Method is ideal for couples who are
currently feeling challenged in the areas of connection and intimacy.
The therapist addresses the emotions and thoughts that follow the loss of a loved one or pet. Grief
therapy is successful at managing pain and processing memories that you shared with the deceased
in a way that is healing and positive for you
Holistic therapy goes beyond the diagnoses and sickness that you may have. You are viewed as a
person, first and foremost. Holistic Therapy is a great route for someone who wants to approach
their healing with their entire being taken into consideration, not just the symptoms and diagnoses
that shape the way they experience life.
Prioritizes you honoring your true self to live a more wholesome life. This is a great approach for
someone that wants to feel supported and empowered in the unique perspective they have in
viewing the world and their experiences.
Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)
A form of couples counseling that views challenges as opportunities for connection, understanding,
healing, and growth. This approach was founded on the belief that experiences in your childhood
relationship affect the relationships you have in adulthood. This is a great option for those that are
comfortable exploring the underlying roots of their triggers, habits, and communication.
Focuses on you and your relationships as a way to navigate and treat depression. Founded on the
belief that our relationships are at the root of our mental health condition, Interpersonal Therapy is
a great approach for anyone that is experiencing depression.
Founded on the belief that healing begins where our unconscious and conscious minds intersect.
You and your therapist work together to surface unconscious aspects of your psyche, to connect you
to your conscious experiences, in order to elevate awareness. Jungian Therapy is ideal for someone
that wants to uncover meaning behind their experiences, thoughts, and feelings.
Relies on memory recall to help you understand your trauma and promotes healing by channeling
your inner child. Lifespan integration is a great option for someone who wants to become more self-
accepting and feel better about their life as a whole.
A practice of being present and aware of your thoughts, feelings, and experience from moment to
moment. This is an ideal practice for someone wanting to increase their self-awareness.
Founded on the understanding that family and cultural factors impact our individual perspectives of
ourselves, the world, and our experiences. This is a great form of therapy for anyone who find
challenges in assimilating to a new culture.
This technique has you step outside of your own shoes and involvement within a situation to gain
understanding, insight, and a proactive perspective on it. The goal is to empower you to make
changes and control your narrative moving forward, in a way that feels true to who you are. This is a
great option for anyone who needs insight to gain clarity on their current situations, and improve
A reward-based system used to train your brain activity, in order to improve brain function. The use
of EEG sensors to monitor brain activity allows this form of therapy to have measurable results that
indicate progress or stagnation. Neurofeedback can be used to help is you have ADD, ADHD, stress
anxiety, depression, and many other mental health conditions that impact your quality of life.
Object Relations Therapy
Looks at your relationships with primary contacts in your life, such as your parents, caregivers, or
siblings. This form of therapy dives into your childhood experiences to help you understand how
you have carried the residue from those experiences into your relationships, conflict-solving, and
experiences in adulthood.
Involves speaking through your experiences, with minimal but intentional feedback from your
therapist. You therapist is not present to interpret your experiences; they may, instead, opt to
repeat back what you say to help you understand your thoughts and feelings in a new way. This is a
great form of therapy for someone who heals best by openly discussing their experiences and
Pragmatic Experiential Therapy
Couples therapy that focuses on requiring our emotional habits, by pointing out what both parties
contribute to achieve the painful state that the relationship is in. With this knowledge and
newfound level of self-awareness, both parties are then able to identify ways they can improve their
actions, communication, and attitudes to foster a healthier relationship with one another.
Process Oriented Psychology
A forward-facing approach to therapy that is derived from Jungian psychology, physics, and
information therapy. Awareness, consistency, and a positive disposition are vital to the success of
this method. This is a great option for someone wanting to better themselves in various aspects of
life, and is also willing to put in the difficult emotional and mental work to achieve a more
wholesome quality of life.
Aims to treat mental disorders through talk therapy, as opposed to relying on medical means.
Psychotherapy is a great approach for you if you can address your disorder and heal from it by
talking about it or navigating your challenges, fears, thoughts and emotions in other ways.
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
REBT combine philosophy and science to address the emotional and behavioral challenges that you
have. REBT is founded on the idea that our beliefs about our experiences shape our future
experiences, and thus focuses on changing the beliefs that we have about our experiences.
This is a straightforward approach that prompts you to be mindful and present in the here and now
as a means to stronger decision-making and problem-solving. Reality Therapy is ideal for someone
who feels that their current challenges are shaped and affected by their current experiences, as
opposed to their childhoods, past traumas etc.
Focuses on the past experiences that shape your current experiences and that create barriers in your
overall quality of life. This is a great option for someone who wants to proactively process their past
experiences that may otherwise present themselves as obstacles in their current experiences.
Emphasizes the importance, necessity, and impact of fulfilling relationships in our ability to lead
wholesome and fulfilling lives. Relational therapy is a great option for someone who finds that they
have patterns in struggling with their personal relationships and would like to identify their
behaviors and attitudes that must change in order for them to move forward and foster healthier
This involves you and your therapist beginning your relationship by identifying your goals for your
sessions. You speak through your experiences, with intentional feedback from your therapist that
offers opposing perspectives in an objective way. Your therapist will not interpret your experiences;
they may, instead, opt to repeat back what you say to help you understand your thoughts and
feelings in a new way. This is a great form of therapy for someone who heals best by openly
discussing their experiences and challenges, and is open to understanding their pain from a new
Arms you with problem solving skills by focusing on the impact of your present decisions on your
future. Solutions-Focused Therapy empowers you to become more goal oriented, rather than
becoming paralyzed by problems. This therapy is recommended for anyone who struggles with
managing and responding to their problems.
Focuses on your internal strengths and resources as tools for overcoming failures, pain, and trauma.
Your relationship with your therapist is collaborative, open, and non-hierarchical. Your community is
viewed as a support system of resources, as opposed to being viewed as an obstacle.
Emphasizes the importance of structure, boundaries, power dynamics, and alignment in your healing
and functioning. Structural Therapy is often recognized as Structural Family Therapy for it’s
evidenced success in family counseling applications.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
This is a type of therapy best suited for children and adolescents with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD), depression, and/or anxiety. This approach is a cognitive behavioral, and aims to diminish
your negative thinking surrounding the events.