Our psychologists are highly qualified and offer an integrative approach including a range of different therapies which include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT is based on the premise that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviours, not external things like people, situations and events. The benefit of this is that we can change the way we think, which impacts on our emotional response resulting in a changed behavioural outcome, even if the situation cannot be changed. That is, when we learn to think differently about an event, we end up with a positive, healthier response.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one of the so-called “third wave” of behavioral psychotherapy approaches. The “third wave” approaches can be thought of as updated versions of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), usually with more of a focus on mindfulness and present-moment processing. ACT is characterized by compassionate exploration and acceptance of what can and cannot be controlled, and a commitment to action and change that allows the individual to live a values-based life in spite of emotional challenges. Interestingly, acceptance is not the goal of ACT per se; rather it is through the framework of acceptance, cultivated through mindfulness, that individuals discover their inherent ability to manage the relationships between their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
Dialectic Behaviour Behaviour
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is a skills based treatment designed to help you understand your emotions, cope better with distressing feelings and events, improve your relationships with others and balance your own needs and wants with those of others. Skills typically cover the areas of Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
Interpersonal Psychotherapy is an attachment-focused therapy that is focused on resolving interpersonal problems and achieving a reduction in symptoms.The therapuetic relationship is used as a means to bring about change in the patients interpersonal relationships and increase social supports to better manage current distress.
Schema Therapy is an evidence-based and integrative psychotherapy developed by Dr. Jeffrey Young. Schema Therapy combines theories and techniques from other therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy, attachment theory, psychoanalytic object relations theory, and Gestalt therapy. Schema Therapy is particularly useful for identifying and resolving the personality dynamics of individuals with chronic emotional and relationship problems.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing
This innovative therapy was developed in the 1980s but has proven to be beneficial in helping people whose emotional issues can be traced to an unprocessed traumatic event, situation or loss. These disturbing life experiences can range from exposure to violence to traumatic accidents, from the loss of a loved one to other forms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). EMDR uses eye movement to enable a reprocessing of distressing content and reduce the level of distress associated. More recent developments have seen EMDR being used for a wider range of difficulties including performance anxiety, depression, eating disorders and phobias.