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  • Writer's pictureDeric Hollings

An Adaptive Approach


In a blogpost entitled Teletherapy, I list some pros and cons related to the practice of mental health treatment and management which I deliver through use of technology (e.g., videoconferencing software). Regarding my approach, some clients love it, some hate it, and some remain neutral about it.


Since shifting to this method of practice, I’ve been able to expand my reach across Texas rather than limiting my ability to work with clients solely in Austin, Texas. What I’ve found since making this practice decision is that it ultimately gives my clients a more adaptive approach to their care.


I’ve seen clients on their lunchbreaks at work, as they’ve walked in parks, on patios of their residences, in the bedrooms of their homes, and virtually anywhere that offers a stable connection and client confidentiality. This is especially useful when providing adaptive services for physically disabled clients.


Aside from remaining flexible in my method of service delivery, I use an adaptive approach to my practice of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) with each individual client. After all, not every person who seeks treatment or management maintains the same desires and needs.


Regarding this approach, pages 30 and 31 of The REBT Therapist’s Pocket Companion remind REBT practitioners to use formality versus informality, self-disclosure versus self-concealment, or humor versus seriousness depending on the individual client.


For instance, if I’m working with particular personality disorders, I may use an approach related to a formal, self-concealed, and serious demeanor. Conversely, with other mental health conditions I can use an informal, self-disclosed, and humorous approach.


Likewise, I vary influence based on different clients. This is because I understand that some clients listen to be due to the fact that I’ve been life-coaching for over 30 years and practicing REBT for over a decade. Still, other clients listen, because they’re fond of me.


Thus, maintenance of an adaptive approach—in how I deliver psychotherapeutic services and how I interact with individual clients—is an important component of the therapeutic alliance. If this approach sounds like something in which you may be interested, I look forward to hearing from you.


If you’re looking for a provider who works to help you understand how thinking impacts physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral elements of your life—helping you to sharpen your critical thinking skills, I invite you to reach out today by using the contact widget on my website.


As a psychotherapist, I’m pleased to help people with an assortment of issues ranging from anger (hostility, rage, and aggression) to relational issues, adjustment matters, trauma experience, justice involvement, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and depression, and other mood or personality-related matters.


At Hollings Therapy, LLC, serving all of Texas, I aim to treat clients with dignity and respect while offering a multi-lensed approach to the practice of psychotherapy and life coaching. My mission includes: Prioritizing the cognitive and emotive needs of clients, an overall reduction in client suffering, and supporting sustainable growth for the clients I serve. Rather than simply helping you to feel better, I want to help you get better!



Deric Hollings, LPC, LCSW





Dryden, W. and Neenan, M. (2003). The REBT Therapist’s Pocket Companion. Albert Ellis Institute. ISBN 0-917476-26-3. Library of Congress Control Number: 20031044378

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Hollings, D. (2023, October 12). Get better. Hollings Therapy, LLC. Retrieved from

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Hollings, D. (2023, September 19). Life coaching. Hollings Therapy, LLC. Retrieved from

Hollings, D. (2022, March 25). Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT). Hollings Therapy, LLC. Retrieved from

Hollings, D. (2022, June 20). Teletherapy. Hollings Therapy, LLC. Retrieved from

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