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Types of Therapy

Person Centred Therapy

Person-centered therapy can be helpful with a wide range of mental health problems.

 

PCT was developed by Carl Rogers. This type of therapy supports a non-directive, empathic approach that empowers and motivates the individual to discover solutions that are right for them. The therapy is based on the belief that every human being strives for and has the capacity to reach his or her own potential. Rather than viewing people as inherently flawed, with problematic behaviours and thoughts that require treatment, person-centered therapy identifies that each person has the capacity and desire for personal growth and change and the aim of therapy is to help you to gain the insight necessary to help yourself find an improved level of functioning.

 

CBT methods

Cognitive behavioural therapy(CBT) can be helpful with a wide range of mental health problems. 

CBT is based on how individuals think (cognition), feel (emotion) and act (behaviour) and how these elements interact together.  Typically, thoughts determine the feelings and behaviour patterns of individuals and negative and unrealistic thoughts can cause  distress and result in problems. CBT proposes that people’s thoughts and feelings are not determined by a situation, but by their interpretation of the situation based on the core beliefs they may hold. This can result in a fear of everyday situations and anxious behaviours, which prevent individuals from functioning well.

 

When a person suffers with psychological distress, the way in which they interpret situations is often distorted, this can have a negative influence on the actions they take. CBT aims to help people become aware of when they make negative interpretations and of behavioural patterns which reinforce the distorted thinking.  Cognitive Behavioural therapy helps people to identify, evaluate and respond to unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving in order to reduce their psychological distress.

 

Third Wave CBT

Third Wave CBT

 

CBT focuses on changing negative thoughts in order to change behaviours. CBT typically explores the negative thoughts and behaviours that the individual would like to change.

Third Wave CBT Therapies, on the other hand, are interested in helping you feel more at ease with yourself and the world. The focus is less on changing negative thoughts and more on adjusting the ways individuals see and feel about what is being experienced. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) are some of the therapies that Third Wave CBT uses to help individuals to help themselves.

 

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is about observation without criticism; in other words learning to be compassionate with yourself. When unhappiness or stress are encountered, rather than taking it personally, mindfulness aims to help you to notice what is happening to you, without judgement. In essence, mindfulness enables you to become more aware and recognise negative thought patterns and make adjustments to the way you think to help you manage problems more effectively. Mindfulness begins the process of helping you to regain control of your life.

 

Over time, mindfulness brings about long-term changes in mood and levels of happiness and wellbeing. Scientific studies have shown that mindfulness not only prevents depression, but that it also positively affects the brain patterns underlying day-to-day anxiety, stress, depression and irritability so that when they arise, they dissolve away again more easily.

 

Solution Focused Brief Therapy

Solution Focused Brief Therapy

 

SFBT, aims to help people experiencing difficulty find tools they can use immediately to manage symptoms and cope with challenges. SFBT is grounded in the belief that although individuals may already have the skills to create change in their lives, they often need help identifying and developing those skills. SFBT practitioners work to help individuals clarify their goals and encourage them to imagine the future they desire and then work  collaboratively to develop a series of steps that will help them achieve those goals. In particular, therapists can help individuals to identify a time in life when a current issue was either less problematic or more manageable and evaluate what factors were different or what solutions may have been present in the past. (Often referred to exceptions to the problem).

 

This form of therapy involves first developing a vision of one’s future and then determining how personal strengths and abilities can be enhanced in order to attain the desired outcome. Therapists who practice SFBT attempt to guide people in therapy through the process of recognizing what is working for them, help them explore how best to continue practicing those strategies, and encourage them to recognise and acknowledge successful outcomes.