The Reflective Eclectic
I’ve done this so long, I’ve developed my own personal approach to psychotherapy I call Reflective Eclectic, drawing on a number of techniques, including Narrative , Cognitive Behavioral, Internal Family Systems, Motivational Enhancement, Solution Focused , Neuro-Linguistic, Existential, and Person Centered Therapy, among others, selecting from each as it seems appropriate.
I’ve written a series of essays on the art (or science) of counseling (or psychotherapy). These are the links, so you may read as many as you’d like.
Why I Don’t Specialize in Anything
The After Visit Summary
How to Help a Person Grow (Person-Centered Therapy)
Why Ask Why? (Insight Oriented Therapy)
How Stories Can Harm : But They Can heal the Harm, Also (Narrative Therapy)
Wrangling the Parts of Your Mind (Internal Family Systems)
The Mind’s Instruction Manual (Neuro-Linguistic Programming)
Can Therapy and Spirituality Co-Exist?
I and Thou (Existential)
How Machiavellian is Your Therapist? (Reality Therapy)
Something You Can Do When There’s Nothing You Can Do (Mindfulness)
How to Look at Everything Differently (Gestalt Therapy)
Igniting Change (Motivational Enhancement Therapy)
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
What Pigeons Can Teach You About Expectations (Behavioral Therapy)
Nine Kinds of Madness and the Hole in the Middle of It All (Enneagram)
See, Do, Teach (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
Helping Brains Talk to One Another (Differentiation Based Psychotherapy)
How I Made Peace With My Inner Critic (Internal Family Systems)
What is a Christian Counselor?
What is the Meaning of Life? (Existential)
Don’t be Mindless about Mindfulness (Mindfulness)
You are Sisyphus and you must come to peace with it, or not (Existential)
Mental Illness is One Thing, Madness is Another
The Perils of Understanding
Waiting Room Therapy
Job Satisfaction When the System is Rigged
How to Let Go
How Adversity Brings Out Your Potential
The Face of the Other
Fifty Minutes Set Apart
Plotting the Revolution from a Therapist’s Office
Taming the Pumpkin
Don’t Force It
Strange Ideas About the Strange Situation
Eleanor Oliphant Might Be Completely Fine
How to Keep the Faith When You Don’t Think You Have Any
Should You Choose a Therapist By Their Credentials?
Empathy and What it’s Like to Be a Bat
Looking for My Father in Emerson’s Essays
Is Your Doctor Going the Way of the Family Farm?
You Are Not a Noun
Living with Stress
What If the Past Doesn’t Exist?
Will Your Therapist Even Notice If You Drink the Kool Aid?
How to Talk to a Kid
The Thought Factory
How I Found My Calling and How Moses Found His
How Normal is Abnormal?
The Cost of the Placebo Effect