I primarily use three different models of therapy. These models are solution focused therapy, possibility therapy, and behavior modification. I use these models because they tend to uplift and empower people. These models help people recognize strengths, organize thoughts, and learn simple ways of solving complicated issues.
The goal of solution focused therapy is to find the person’s strengths and solutions that are already working, and then have the person do more of it. This is done by the therapist being inquisitive and positive. The therapist believes that people have the ability to change and have it in themselves to find the answers to their problem. The therapist believes that people already experiences change daily and that these changes can be expounded upon by the way the therapist interacts.
In possibility therapy, the problem behavior is broken down into actions, contexts, and sequences. The context in which the problem occurs is analyzed. Essential variables are identified. These are the variables that, when present, result in the problem being exhibited. Such variables can be identified to occur in a sequential circular manner and then interrupted in a variety of methods. If interrupted, the person would then do something different other than the problem.
Behavior modification is often used when a person would like to influence a spouse or child to change a behavior. Nagging or yelling does very little to influence others. Various types of reinforcement can be utilized to influence change. Behavior modification is also used when a person’s body is not doing what he would like it to do. This type of therapy can be used to teach a person’s body to not respond to specific situations with anxiety or fear.
Solution Focused Therapy, Possibility Therapy, and Behavior Modification are all models that have been found to be helpful for people. These models are not used to tear people down. They do not have destructive elements integrated into them. The goal of all three models is to help a person utilize strengths, use new patterns of behavior, and develop new skills toward overcoming a problem.