Recovery of Hope
There are many ways of doing therapy.
The most important part of counselling is not a technique – it is making sure that the relationship between the counsellor and client is open and healthy. Studies have shown that what makes therapy work is this relationship, regardless of what methods are used.
Some approaches practiced by Recovery of Hope counsellors are:
Client-centred: This is the basis for all the therapy done at RoH. Therapy is focused on what the client wishes to achieve. The client can discuss anything on his mind and know that he will be listened to without judgment or criticism. The clients’ abilities and strengths are honoured and supported. Therapists know that clients are able to make their own choices, and RoH counsellors respect each person’s responsibility for his own life.
Emotion-focused Therapy (EFT): Couples discover their ways of connecting and learn to deepen and foster emotional closeness as they sort through the specific difficulties they are going through. How a couple struggles with its issues gives clues about how couples are attached. This therapy brings couples to greater emotional intimacy and security.
Systems: A way of thinking about people’s problems that acknowledges that families, workplaces, faith groups and society have an impact on the individual/couple/family. These interactions are examined and worked with in the therapy to assist people in dealing with their systems in healthy ways. This can actually change the system for the better. This type of therapy is valuable for couples or families, or people who have been oppressed by society, patriarchy or abuse.
Self-Regulation Therapy (SRT): A body-centred psychotherapy that is aimed at diminishing activation in the nervous system resulting from traumatic events and other overwhelming experiences. This approach seeks to bring balance to the nervous system by providing an environment where individuals can complete thwarted responses of fight, flight or freeze. This can leave clients feeling more resourced with an increase in capacity to manage emotional responses and to experience contentment and joy.
Cognitive Behavioural: Based on the belief that people’s negative emotions come from faulty beliefs about themselves. This therapy helps people identify those faulty beliefs and counters them with the truth. Once people believe what is true, their feelings and behaviour change. Sometimes these changes can also occur by behaving in new ways and learning new habits that result in feeling better about themselves and their relationships.
Spirituality: People have bodies, minds, souls, spirits, emotions and relationships. People’s spirituality can make an important contribution to feeling healthy and well. RoH therapists have training and experience in understanding how people’s spiritual experiences can help them grow in self-awareness, relationship health and feeling/being connected to God. RoH therapists also understand that religion has often contributed to people’s problems. If positive or negative spiritual experiences are raised by clients in the therapy, RoH counsellors welcome discussing them with clients.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy focuses on helping people manage their overwhelming emotions. Four important skills are taught within this approach: Stress tolerance, Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness.
Attachment Theory influences the work of most counsellors at Recovery of Hope. The central theme of this theory is that early childhood bonds with a primary caregiver/s impact a child’s development in many ways. Secure attachments not only create a context for children to explore their world and develop a sense of confidence and security, early attachment relationships also can shape future relationships, and one’s capacity to manage stress. In light of this, the therapist-client relationship can be a context where new healthy patterns of relating can occur for clients who have a history of insecure or ambivalent attachment relationships.
Solution-focused: The emphasis is on what’s already going well and how to increase the good things in people’s lives. If a person’s experience is negative, this technique searches for the exceptions to the negative and expands the place those exceptions have in a person’s life.
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