Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT aims to help you address problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is based on the belief that that your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are interconnected and lead people to become trapped in negative cycles of thoughts and actions. The aim of the treatment is to break these negative cycles either by focusing on challenging negative thoughts and assumptions or by focusing directly on changing unhelpful behaviours.
CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on your past and it aims to find practical solutions to improve your wellbeing.
It is a recommended form of treatment for Depression and Anxiety.
Psychodynamic Counselling, Psychoanalytic and Relational Psychotherapy
Both Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy are focused on how unconscious thoughts and feelings and past experiences continue to affect our current behaviour, sense of self and relationships with others. It can be particularly useful for those who are experiencing longer term emotional difficulties and those who feel stuck with unhelpful repetitive behaviours that seem difficult to change.
Psychodynamic Counselling tends to be a briefer, less intensive form of therapy and can adapted and used as a brief therapy with as few as 12-16 sessions.
Relational psychotherapy places particular emphasis on the role that relationships play in our lives and how they shape our self image. It also looks at the impact of how we manage our relationships with others (partners, family friends, colleagues for instance) on our emotional well-being.
This model is beneficial for those experiencing long-term emotional distress, especially when this is heightened as a result of relational concerns.
Mentalization Based Treatment
Mentalization-based therapy (MBT) is a type of psychotherapy which seeks to help us to make sense of our thoughts and feelings and to link these to our actions and behaviours. It focuses on becoming more aware of what is going on in our minds and in the minds of other people and link this to understand and alleviate problematic behaviours.
It's particularly useful for people who suffer from long-term difficulties in relationships and who experience intense emotional distress and overwhelming feelings which may result in destructive behaviours such as self-harm or aggression towards others.
It is also helpful for people who may be distrustful of other people and have difficulty in reading other people’s responses to them.
It is recommended for the treatment of Borderline/Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder.
STEPPS stands for Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving and offers a range of skills based interventions based on principles of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Techniques include challenging negative thoughts, distraction, mindfulness and communication.