Our therapy service is based on methods that are evidenced to be effective and we always personalise these to your needs.
In the therapy room the main approaches we use when working with you are:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Based on the theory that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and negative thoughts and feelings can lead you to get trapped in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to help you manage your difficulties by altering the way you think and behave. CBT focuses on the difficulties you face in the present time, rather than focusing on difficulties you have faced in the past.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Aims to create a rich and meaningful life, through accepting what is out of your personal control, whilst at the same time accepting the pain that goes with it. ACT teaches skills to deal with painful thoughts and feelings in a way that they have less impact and influence over you – which includes mindfulness in the form of meditation and mindfulness in the form of defusion; acceptance; contact with the present moment; and spacious awareness. ACT helps to clarify and identify what is truly important and meaningful to you and the use this knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate you to move towards a life which is fulfilling and satisfying. ACT works towards developing psychological flexibility – which means living in the present moment and based on what situation you are in, changing or persisting in behaviour in the service of chosen values.
Mindfulness is a tool for increasing emotional intelligence which is primarily taught via meditation. Mindfulness is a mental state of awareness, focus and openness which allows you to engage fully in what you are doing at any moment. In a state of mindfulness you are less impacted by difficult thoughts and feelings.