Impact Therapy, founded by Ed Jacobs, Ph.D. is a theory driven, multi-sensory approach to counseling which recognizes that change or impact comes from not only verbal, but also visual and kinesthetic exchanges. Impact Therapy is an active, brief form of counseling that is very helpful for school counselors, mental health counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other helping professionals.
In his book, Impact Therapy: The Courage to Counsel, which combines two previous books, Dr. Jacobs explains this unique approach to counseling. Much is drawn from the theories of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), Gestalt, Adlerian, Reality Therapy, and the creative counseling techniques that are discussed in Creative Counseling Techniques: An Illustrated Guide.
Impact Therapy serves as a solid bridge between theories and techniques and provides a clear way to understand the process of a counseling session. The impact therapist is always trying to get to the core of the problem by cutting off unnecessary details, irrelevant stories, and unfocused discussions. The impact therapist sees the goal of any therapy session as creating change or setting in motion the process for change. A more in-depth description of Impact Therapy can be found in What is Impact Therapy.
Impact Therapy Associates offers many different workshops, supervision opportunities,
personal growth weekends,
For another way to get a better understanding of Impact Therapy, go to YouTube and type in Impact Therapy or go the following link. We have on YouTube many short clips that describe various aspects of Impact Therapy. Getting the most out of watching YouTube clips of Impact Therapy.
We have produced more than 20 short clips on Impact Therapy that we have posted on YouTube. The very best order to watch the clips would be the following: