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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a psychosocial intervention, and is the most widely used evidence-based practice for improving mental health. CBT is a type of talking treatment that focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour, and teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems.

It combines cognitive therapy (examining the things you think) and behaviour therapy (examining the things you do). In CBT you work with a therapist to identify and challenge any negative thinking patterns and behaviour which may be causing you difficulties. In turn, this can change the way you feel about situations, and enable you to change your behaviour in future.

You and your therapist might focus on what is going on in your life right now, but you might also look at your past, and think about how your past experiences impact the way you see yourself, others and the world in general.


Mindfulness - based Techniques

A growing body of evidence has found that when people intentionally practice being mindful they feel less stressed, anxious and depressed. In fact, the UK government’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends MBCT for the treatment of recurrent depression. Research also shows positive effects on several aspects of whole-person health, including the mind, the brain, the body, and behaviour, as well as a person’s relationships with others.

Mindfulness can be used as a tool to manage your wellbeing and mental health. With good mental health, you can:

• Make the most of your potential

• Cope with life

• Play a full part in your family, workplace, community

and among friends


Hypnotherapy 

The subconscious mind is the source of many of our problems and self-images. Our beliefs, habits and behaviours are stored as information. The subconscious is a tremendous reservoir of our unrecognised strengths and knowledge.

Hypnosis is a natural and effective technique for accessing the subconscious mind - the key to unleashing our potential, changing our unwanted habits and behaviours and finding solutions to our problems and concerns.

Any therapeutic intervention implies change, so entering a trance state alone does not signify a therapeutic endpoint. Once the individual has achieved a trance state the hypnotherapist uses many different therapeutic methods ranging from simple suggestions to psychoanalysis. For example, the therapist may ask about past, present or future concerns to establish the reasons for the problem. Alternatively the therapist may give suggestions to the subconscious mind aimed at overcoming specific problems such as lack of self -confidence. 

Emotion - Focused Therapy

Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) is a therapeutic approach based on the premise that emotions are key to identity. According to EFT, emotions are also a guide for individual choice and decision making. This type of therapy assumes that lacking emotional awareness or avoiding unpleasant emotions can cause harm. It may render us unable to use the important information emotions provide.

In this approach to treatment, the therapist and the person in therapy collaborate in an active process. Both are viewed as equal contributors. The person in treatment, not the therapist, is seen as the person most capable of interpreting their emotional experience.

EFT is founded in the idea that emotions should be used to guide healthy, meaningful lives. Its theory is based on a scientific inquiry into the human emotional experience. Scientific study of human emotion has provided information about:

• How emotions are produced

• The importance of emotions to human functioning

• How emotions are related to thought and behaviour

Other Psychotherapies

In our practice we use a wide range of tools from various scientifically based psychotherapies, including Systemic Family Therapy, Freudian Theory, REBT, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, etc.