At The Beekeeper we are committed to offering clients an interdisciplinary approach in our mental health services, that speaks to each client’s individual needs. Within psychology itself there are numerous approaches that can be taken when working with a client on a one-to-one basis, as well as in a group setting. Taking a more diverse approach to individuals mental health allows both the therapist and client to explore approaches that might benefit them the most. It is one of the reasons that The Beekeepers approach to mental health and issues around addiction is considered to be so comprehensive and effective.
One overarching theory in psychology is called constructivist therapy, it is a relatively new approach in psychology that emphasizes the importance of an individual’s subjective experience and their role in creating meaning. It posits that we all construct our reality based on our past experiences, beliefs, values, and perceptions. This type of therapy aims to help people engage in self-reflection and build a more accurate and positive self-concept, while also acknowledging the social and cultural influences that shape their worldview.
What sets constructivist therapy apart from other psychotherapeutic approaches is that it emphasizes the active collaboration between the therapist and the client, rather than therapist-led sessions. This approach fosters a sense of agency and empowerment in the client, as they work to reconstruct their own perceptions of themselves and the world around them. Additionally, it is an approach that is flexible and adaptable to different people and their experiences, as it is aware of the uniqueness of each individual’s construction of reality.
Some of the approaches that are derived from constructivist therapy include Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Narrative Therapy. SFBT focuses on the strengths of a person, rather than their weaknesses and problems. The therapist helps the client identify solutions to their problems by means of conversation that includes questions and specific goals. EFT, on the other hand, focuses on the emotional connections that people have with others in their lives.
The therapist works with the client to identify patterns of emotional responses and behaviors that contribute to relationship problems. Narrative therapy emphasizes the importance of the stories that people tell themselves about themselves and their experiences, and helps them to change negative narratives into empowering ones.
Types of Constructivist Therapy
SFBT is a type of constructivist therapy that emphasizes the identification and amplification of an individual’s strengths and inner resources, rather than focusing solely on their problems and weaknesses. The therapist and client work together to establish clear goals and to develop specific strategies for achieving those goals, often using a series of “solution-focused” questions that encourage the client to focus on what is working in their life.
Emotionally Focused Therapy is another form of constructivism, which focuses on helping individuals to identify and understand their emotional experiences, particularly in the context of their relationships with others. The therapist works with the individual to recognize and express their underlying emotions, and to develop techniques for managing these emotions more effectively in their relationships.This therapy aims to help clients develop more secure, positive attachments and improve their relationships by learning to express their emotions in healthy ways and understand their partner’s emotional needs.
Narrative Therapy is yet another approach to constructivist therapy and is frequently used in contemporary approaches to working with trauma; which focuses on helping individuals to identify and adapt the stories that they tell themselves about their lives. Through collaboration with a therapist, the individual learns to recognize the ways in which their own narratives may be limiting their potential, and is empowered to construct new, more positive narratives that can lead to greater fulfilment and satisfaction.
This therapy aims to help clients re-author their story, emphasizing their strengths and abilities and challenging negative self-perceptions. Narrative therapy helps clients develop new ways of thinking about their experiences and empowers them to write a new, more positive story.
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The set of approaches described emphasizes the importance of an individual’s own experiences and construction of meaning in their lives. At The Beekeeper we see therapy as a collaborative effort between therapist and client, who work together to create new and more empowering stories about their lives. Instead of focusing on pathology and diagnosis, constructivist approaches allows us to put the client’s subjective reality at the center of the therapeutic process, helping them to gain new insights, perspectives, and possibilities for action.
By empowering clients to take an active role in their own healing and transformation, it offers a powerful and effective alternative to more traditional, hierarchical approaches to therapy. When we work with clients our clinical team will lean on a number of approaches, including ones that have been developed as part of constructivism, in order to best address your specific needs and goals.
We don’t subscribe to using just one model at one time, rather we adapt our treatment approach to your needs, and this can change through the evolution of your treatment with us. When we combine this with our physical wellness and holistic programme it creates particularly powerful and lasting outcomes for clients, enabling them to achieve tangible and lasting results. If you would like to know more then feel free to get in touch with us for a free consultation.