Experiential

I tend to work experientially because it helps the client to see for himself or herself whether a change in their behavior pattern feels better or worse to them. First, I help the client to come to a mindful state – in other words, in the present moment. Then I give them a little experiment to try, such as saying a statement I might give them. Then they notice how that felt to them, especially on a body level. This can lead to new insight for the client.

This approach works especially well with couple or family work, where clients not only get to see how a change affects them but also get to see how a change in them affects the other person. This can be quite empowering for all parties involved because it moves the power from the therapist to the client. With this approach, therapy tends to be collaborative.