My therapeutic apporach is mostly based on Behaviour Therapy. Over the years I have witnessed great gains for my clients by using this approach. One of the strengths that this therapeutic approach offers is identifying behaviours and needs that client will modify within the therapeutic alliance. For example, a client who feels afraid of being around dogs he/she would learn a more appropriate response to help manage the fear.
I believe that the creation of an action plan has to be realistic and it has to have attainable goals. The aim would be that the unwanted behaviour stops altogether or is changed in such a way that it is no longer a problem.
Clients will be taught skills to help them manage their lives more effectively. For example, they will acquire skills how to relax in situations that produce anxiety responses. Another method used involves learning desirable behaviour by watching and copying others who already behave in the desired way. In general, CBT approach focusses on the process where the therapist is the coach who help attaining change.
Throughout the counselling process I use skills of listening, reflection and clarification in a way that is revealing and clarifying the client's thoughts and feelings in order to achieve the agreed goals.