Reality therapy was developed by William Glasser and is also referred to as Choice Theory. This is because the therapy looks at the choices we make in our relationships, our work, and our life generally. The therapy identifies what our needs are, and how the behaviours we develop which result from the choices we make, are as result of meeting the needs we have.
'' I do my thing and you do your thing. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, its beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped.'' (Fritz Perls, “Gestalt Therapy Verbatim”, 1969)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy challenges the way we ‘think’ which results in a change in the way we ‘feel’. This form of therapy is excellent in reducing anxiety and panic attacks. It assists in moving unhealthy negative emotions to healthy negative emotions. An example is working with anxiety and developing the skill to be able to move from being anxious to having concern or being angry to being annoyed.
Both Reality Therapy and CBT are about developing self-knowledge and skills which empower the client, and this is done through working together, therapist and client, in a collaborative manner.