Adlerian Psychotherapy is both humanistic and goal-oriented. It places an emphasis on the individual’s strivings for success, connectedness with others, and contributions to society as being hallmarks of mental health. Birth order is considered important in understanding a person’s current personality, yet the therapy is future-minded, rather than retrospective. The therapeutic relationship is collaborative, and assumptions, beliefs, feelings, choices and decisions are examined, in order to ensure that they are realistic and life-enhancing. The therapist also provides encouragement for making changes that will assist the person in attaining his or her goals.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy bears some important similarities to adlerian psychotherapy in that the therapy relationship is collaborative and the approach is goal-oriented. In CBT, the focus is on thoughts, beliefs, assumptions and behaviors, with the purpose of enhancing realistic thinking and rational behavior, resulting in relief from negative emotional states and improved quality of life. Cognitive therapy has been shown to be the most effective form of treatment for a variety of psychological problems, according to outcome studies.
Schema Therapy also looks to treat the problematic ways of thinking, feeling and behavior that interfere with a person’s ability to get their needs met and reach his or her personal goals. Treatment of long-standing patterns or schemas leads to symptom relief and greater life satisfaction.
CTA is a network of experienced therapists in the NY metro area who provide Cognitive Therapy and Schema-Focused Therapy. To inquire about an appointment, please call us at 212-258-2577.