Counseling Styles

There are many counseling styles that therapists use in treating their clients. Each style provides its own distinct framework that your therapist uses to understand and help you interpret your experiences, thoughts, and emotions. Understanding these methods can give you greater confidence as you search for a therapist who meets your needs.

Sarasota Grief Counseling predominantly uses four distinct styles of therapy with clients: Art Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy (or EFT), Gottman Method, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

Art Therapy

Used to help develop insight or process emotion related to traumatic loss through art techniques. This style helps people identify losses in a nonverbal way, leading to breakthroughs that would not be possible in a traditional conversational style of therapy.

Sand Play Therapy

A projective intervention used to help develop insight, create a healing narrative, and process emotion using existential figures in the sand. This method helps people to tell their story and create meaning from losses and traumatic experiences that would otherwise be undeveloped with traditional methods.

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

EFT is based on clear, explicit conceptualizations of marital distress and adult love. These conceptualizations are supported by empirical research on the nature of marital distress and adult attachment, with the goal being stronger bonds of attachment within the couple.

Attachment- Based Psychotherapy

An insight-oriented approach that focuses on identifying negative patterns of behavior that we repeat in the relationships in our lives. The therapy seeks to uncover these patterns of relating in order to understand and correct them for a better quality of life.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Drs. John and Julie Schwarz Gottman are world renowned for their 40 years of work on marital stability and divorce prediction. The Gottman Method is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory.

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Nonfiction Books



Fiction Books


  • Tinkers, by Paul Harding. Bellevue Literary Press, 2009.



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Free Grief Support


Tidewell Hospice

Offers free grief support groups for losses related to death.


Faith-based free grief support groups for losses related to death.


Offers free support for the loved ones of alcoholics.


Offers free support for the loved ones of those addicted to narcotics and other drugs.