What is Postmodern therapy?
Postmodern therapy focuses on deconstructing common beliefs and examining their value in an individual’s life. For example, postmodern therapists question the definition of “mental health” as well as commonly held assumptions such as the definition of success and what it means to be an adolescent.
The relationship between patient and therapist is highly collaborative rather than authoritative. Change comes about primarily through open dialogue.
The three main types of postmodern therapy are:
- Narrative Therapy — evaluates a patient’s thoughts and behaviors in the context of their culture and the story they have written for themselves
- Solution-Focused Therapy — a short-term approach that focuses on creating solutions to problems rather than evaluating the root causes of those problems
- Collaborative Language Systems — solves problems through talk and collaboration
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF POSTMODERN THERAPY?
Postmodern therapy can help patients manage their mental health disorders and dramatically reduce symptoms. Patients have reported the following benefits:
- Stress reduction
- Improved insight and understanding
- Conflict resolution
- Greater sense of happiness and well-being
WHAT CONDITIONS/DISORDERS DOES POSTMODERN THERAPY TREAT?
Postmodern therapy has been used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Eating Disorders