THEORY AND PERSPECTIVES

Defining Our Approach

SOLUTION-FOCUSED BRIEF THERAPY (SFBT)

Solution-Focused Therapy aims to identify solutions to current problems and helps us devise a plan of how we can overcome our issues.  This method allows us to identify what we need in our lives to improve our current situation, and provides coaching and questioning to help us resolve our problems quickly.

COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)

Cognitive-Behavioral therapy helps us understand, process, and overcome current problems by uncovering how our thoughts and feelings affects our behavior.  By examining and dissecting our thought patterns and emotional triggers,  we can learn how to appropriately respond to difficult situations. 

COMPASSIONATE-FOCUSED THERAPY & MINDFULNESS

Many of us struggle with shame, guilt, and self-criticism.  Oftentimes these feelings we have of ourselves have resulted from trauma, adverse childhood experience, abuse or neglect.  Research suggests humans possess three emotion regulation systems--The Threat and Response System, Excitement/Motivation System, and the Safety System.  Depression, Anxiety, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder may result from an imbalance of these systems.  Compassionate-Focused Therapy aims to uncover how these systems became imbalanced, and helps the individual rediscover themselves through a compassion, self-loving lens.  We all deserve love, especially from ourselves.

ACCEPTANCE & COMMITMENT THERAPY

Accepting our emotions and deeper feelings can be difficult, especially when we are under a great deal of stress.  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy helps uncover our triggers and reveals how we respond to certain situations.  ACT aims to cultivate interpersonal skills, teaches us to stop avoiding our emotions, and helps us understand, accept, and commit to making necessary changes in our behavior in order to cope better with our day to day lives.

STRENGTH-BASED THERAPY & PERSON- CENTERED THERAPY

For those of us who struggle with low self-esteem, self-hate and self-criticism, Strength-Based Therapy aims to rebuild our confidence, identify our strengths, and encourages self-care.   Therapists help us retell our personal narratives with an emphasis on personal strength and resilience so we can recognize our skills to deal with our stress, anxiety, and/or depression.

POSITIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY

Positive psychology seeks to identify and incorporate an individual's traits, cognitive patterns, habitual behaviors and past experiences in order to improve personal outlook and quality of life. The science of positive psychology has revealed that therapist who help their clients focus on their positive experiences and traits supports personal growth more effectively than traditional approaches which frequently center on negative past experiences and unhealthy coping patterns.  Positive psychology can make a lasting difference in those who have struggled with depression or anxiety as it incorporates optimism, human strengths and virtues.  Positive changes occur when individuals can identify their sources of happiness, strengths, and virtues.  Possessing this knowledge ultimately can serve as a guiding principle when faced with stress and difficult issues.

ADDITIONAL APPROACHES

At Cosmos Therapy Solutions, we are always learning and incorporating new approaches and treatment orientations.  In addition to our primary approaches listed above, we also utilize the Gottman Method, the Myers Briggs System, Structural and Family Systems Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy and More.  Please feel free to connect with us if you have questions about our approaches or need additional information.  We want to ensure your sessions are designed and structured to serve you best.