What Is Collaborative Therapy?
Collaborative therapy is a type of therapy in which the psychologist and the client collaborate to determine the best course of action for treatment. Collaboration, responsibility, honesty and respect are just a few of the core characteristics of practice.
Types of Collaborative Therapy
Collaborative therapy is more of a conceptual approach to treatment than a specific style of therapy. As a result no distinct types of collaborative therapy can be recognized. Its more commonly connected with the humanistic approach to psychotherapy which encompasses therapies like person centered therapy and existential psychotherapy. In order to have a good psychotherapy you must first establish a collaborative relationship with your therapist.
Client-led and therapist-led collaborative therapies are the two most common formats.
In client-led collaborative therapy the client chooses which themes and issues will be covered and collaborates with the therapist to prioritize concerns and goals.
In therapist-led collaborative therapy the therapist takes a more active role in sessions, proposing experiments for clients to test their beliefs.
Techniques of Collaborative Therapy
According to Anderson in collaborative therapy Connecting, cooperating and building with others become genuine and natural performances rather than exercises.
Although there are seven themes that are stressed and instruct collaborative therapists on how to think about the therapeutic interaction they are present in many approaches to psychotherapy. These are not rules or strategies and each therapist is free to be creative and develop their own therapeutic approaches for each client.
A verbal partnership that is mutually inquisitive
Expertise in relationships
Being in the spotlight
The ability to convert one another
Orientation towards everyday existence
What Collaborative Therapy Can Help With
Collaborative therapy is not intended to treat any specific ailment. It is a transformational strategy that can be used to solve any problem that the client is having. Collaborative therapy may be especially beneficial for people who have struggled in the past with therapy owing to a lack of trust in their therapist. In this therapeutic method the clients views are always acknowledged and the client is never condemned or blamed for their thoughts or behaviors.
Collaborative therapy is a client centered approach that emphasizes therapist and client collaboration, honesty, respect and empowerment. Clients are able to engage in meaningful discourse about what they want to change by working together as partners in the therapeutic relationship.
Benefits of Collaborative Therapy
Heres a rundown of the advantages of collaborative therapy
The clients experiences are acknowledged
The client has more insight
The clients involvement is higher
The clients empowerment is higher and the clients participation in treatment is higher.
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