Reality Therapy and Counselling for Addiction & Anxiety
What is Reality Therapy
Reality Therapy is a client-centered form of Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy that focuses on improving present relationships and circumstances while avoiding discussion of past events. This approach is based on the idea that our most important need is to be loved, to feel that we belong and that all other basic needs can be satisfied only by building strong connections with others.
When is Reality Therapy used?
Studies have proven the effectiveness of Reality Therapy in treating addiction and other behavioral problems. It is also an approach that works with people in leadership positions in education, coaching, administration, and management, where problem-solving, instilling motivation, and a focus on achievement play essential roles in their connection to others.
What to expect from Reality Therapy?
Reality Therapy focuses on present issues and current behavior as they affect you now and will affect your future. Little or no time is spent delving into the past. Since Reality Therapy is solution-oriented, you will examine how your behavior is interfering with your ability to form stronger relationships and figure out what kind of changes you can make in your behavior to get what you want out of your life.
How does Reality Therapy work?
Reality Therapy is founded on the idea that everyone is seeking to fulfill five basic needs, and mental health issues arise when any of these needs are not being met. The five basic needs are:
Power, or a sense of self-worth and achievement
Love and belonging, or being part of a family or community of loved ones
Fun, which includes a sense of satisfaction or pleasure
Survival, or the comfort of knowing that one’s basic needs – food, shelter, and sex – are met.
When one or more of these needs go unfulfilled, the resulting problems occur in present time and in current relationships, so it makes sense to act and think in the present time.
Benefits of Reality Therapy
The strengths and benefits of reality therapy lie in its focus on solution-building particularly on changing thoughts and actions.
- Provides the individual with a self-help tool to gain more effective control over their lives and their relationships
- Help boost confidence and self-esteem
- Enable to better cope with adversity and personal growth
- Help treat mental health problems such as eating disorders, substance abuse, phobias,anxiety, and other behavioral and emotional issues
- Useful in treating highly sensitive problems such as racial issues, sexual identity issues,and cultural clashes
- Helps individuals to recognize how their behavior is negative and promoting equality
Reality therapy provides an empathetic and understanding environment for individuals to open up without feeling shame, regret, or embarrassment. This makes it especially valuable for big groups as everyone can express their needs and desires in order to lay the foundation for a plan of action that will help foster closer bonds, better understanding and improved conflict resolution.