Counseling Approaches

Counseling approaches are as diverse as the needs of each client. Whether you are interested in a specific type of counseling or open to trying new techniques, we can help. Our clinicians are trained in a variety of different counseling approaches and can assist you in gaining balance in your life and restoring health and wellness.

IFS (Internal Family Systems)

IFS is an evidenced-based approach rooted in the theory theory that as humans we have multiplicity in our inner world, with various parts of ourselves that show up at different times in different ways, and that are sometimes even in conflict with each other creating discord in a client’s inner and/or outer world. IFS therapists help the client build a healthier and healed relationship between their core self and all the other protective or exiled parts of their system.

Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction adopts strategies including safer use, managed use, and abstinence to support substance users based on individual needs, focusing on both their usage and conditions. This approach tailors treatment and policies to meet these needs, guided by core principles effective for users of legal and illicit substances, despite lacking a universal definition or formula.

Spiritually Based Counseling

At the Banyan Tree, we understand that sometimes spiritual guidance from a counselor is required. We are sensitive to all religious beliefs and have several counselors to choose from to suit your preferences, from Christian counselors to general spiritualism. We are open and welcoming to persons of all faiths and our counselors are sensitive to different religious beliefs.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. Compared with non-directive counseling, it is more focused and goal-directed. The examination and resolution of ambivalence is its central purpose, and the counselor is intentionally directive in pursuing this goal.

Narrative Therapy

Narrative therapy is a respectful and collaborative approach to working with people that accesses a person’s abilities and skills in standing up to problems that have shown up in his or her life.

RRT (Rapid Resolution Therapy)

Rapid Resolution Therapy™ (RRT) designed by Dr. Jon Connelly, is a cutting edge therapy that uses therapeutic methods to gently and painlessly eliminate the ongoing influence of troubling past events.

Meditation + MBSR

Meditation is a practice that has been around for thousands of years. In general, meditation is a period of relaxed contemplation, with a goal of producing relaxation, fulfillment, or serenity. It has been used in many religious practices.


Hypnosis is a safe, natural state of relaxation combined with focused concentration. Though deeply relaxed, your unconscious mind is actually more alert, aware and focused in hypnosis than during normal waking consciousness.

Play Therapy

Although play therapy is most often used with children, there are exceptions. Play therapy can be helpful to people with disabilities; those for whom drama, games, and imagination are important; and older adults.


Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a fairly new yet well researched tool for treating psychological trauma. Psychological trauma is any experience that causes a person to feel highly overwhelmed and helpless.

CRAFT Therapy

Community reinforcement and family training approach (CRAFT) is a behavior therapy approach to treating substance abuse. This method relies on non-confrontational ways to encourage loved ones to enter addiction treatment.

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is currently one of the most sought after and requested therapeutic approaches. It is a practical approach in which the therapist helps the client understand the relationship between thoughts, feelings, beliefs and the effect these have on our behavior patterns and actions.

Using Art in Therapy

The use of art in therapy is a process in which you will be guided by a therapist in relying on art making and the resulting artwork to explore your feelings and concerns, learn more about yourself, develop skills, reduce symptoms of anxiety or depression, and improve or regain a sense of well-being.

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