Our Behavioural Therapies
2. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a structured, time limited, here and now therapy which has its origins in the pre – Socratic tradition where it is not what people experience but their interpretation of this that determines how they see themselves, others and their world. The ability to reality test ones thinking and find more rational alternatives greatly impacts on mood.
CBT is a key treatment for anxiety, depression, and a full range of emotional disorders.
3. Schema Focused Therapy works with negative self defeating life patterns which have been formed up to the age of 16 and create rigid core beliefs which act as absolutes and function like prejudices that make personal deep seated change less amenable to change. Modifying these non conscious beliefs greatly mitigate against relapse.
4.Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is a behaviour therapy developed by Marsha Linehan has its emphasis on work with regulating high intensity negative emotions to increase the ability to cope with situations which cause emotional distress caused by sudden intense surges of emotion which are overwhelming a difficult to control. The model used is to work from emotional to rational mind and finally to wise mind.
5. Mindfulness Based CBT
Mindfulness Based treatment is used to develop an attentional focus in a single minded and immediate non judgmental way which observes thoughts feelings and experience with detachment and compassion. Learning a one point awareness facilitates the ability to let thoughts arise and disappear without them negatively impacting on a person.
ACT has its origins in Zen Buddhism and is effective in managing behavioural change by helping individuals to first accept a situation that may be perceived as causing significant anxiety. By defining the meaning of the proposed action being so important as a reason for change that they are willing to make the commitment to do the behavioural experiment, despite what they may feel while undergoing this action. Moving beyond ones initial comfort zone increases resilience to particular life stressors and is an effective in conjunction with more standard CBT which works with reattribution of meaning.
7. Christian CBT
Christian CBT is a tripartite model which combines standard CBT within a Biblical framework. Both in symptom relief across a broad range of emotional problems and in identifying and challenging negative thoughts to find more balanced alternatives using scripture facilitates healing in body, mind and spirit. Proverbs 23.7 states that : As a man thinkest in his heart so is he.
Spiritual Depression is a major problem in Christians that works effectively with this combined treatment.
Mindsight is a therapy which was developed by Daniel Siegel and combines science and therapy to teach how to have more insight and empathy for others.
When the skill of mindsight is learned it actually changes the physical structure of the brain by integrating the two brain hemispheres
9.Empathy/Emotional Intelligence training
Working with emotions and the ability to see others points of view and to try to see the world through their eyes is invaluable in both personal and professional relationships.
In every aspect of social and interpersonal communication this is a skill which increases interpersonal effectiveness. There is a complete training programme to help these skills
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What sort of problems can CBT help with?
Virtual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Convenient, private and secure
Online Therapy is available to anyone, anywhere in the world at home or in the office using a tablet, mobile phone or laptop / computer and a good internet connection.
This service would appeal to client's for a variety of reasons.
- Clients location would make it difficult / impossible to access Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.
- Clients time-pressure, work deadlines, and work-based travel make it difficult to commit for the normal counselling time-scale.
- Clients family commitments make it easier to have treatment on-line at home.
- Clients prefer an initial face to face assessment, and then combine both treatment modalities.