Impact Therapy, founded by Ed Jacobs, Ph.D. is a theory-driven, multi-sensory approach to counseling that 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 set in motion the process for change.
Impact Therapy Associates offers many different workshops, supervision opportunities, and personal growth weekends. For another way to get a better understanding of Impact Therapy, go to our YouTube Channel. We have on YouTube many short clips that describe various aspects of Impact Therapy.