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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • CBT aims to help change the way you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour).
  • Rather than looking at past causes, it focuses on current problems and practical solutions to help you feel better now.
  • The way we think about situations affects the way we feel and behave. If we view a situation negatively, we may experience negative emotions and feelings which lead us to behave in an unhelpful way.
  • CBT can be helpful for depression, anxiety, stress, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders and managing long term conditions.

Your therapist will help you identify and challenge any negative thinking so you can deal with situations better and behave in a more positive way.

Integrative counselling

  • Integrative counselling looks at the whole person, taking into account your mental, physical and emotional needs.
  • An integrative counsellor aims to build a trusting and non-judgmental relationship that helps you develop self-awareness.
  • When you understand the causes of your concerns or triggers for your behaviour, you can confidently set goals and develop new behaviours to improve your satisfaction with life.

Your therapist will use techniques and tools from different modalities to tailor an individual approach for you.

Person-centred therapy

  • Person or client-centred therapy is based on the view that everyone has the capacity and desire for personal growth and change, given the right conditions.
  • Rather than being seen as the expert and directing the therapy, the counsellor offers unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence to help you come to terms with any negative feelings and to change and develop in your own way.

Your therapist will. Maintain a genuine human relationship in which they provide unconditional positive regard.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy

  • The psychodynamic approach is derived from psychoanalysis but focuses on immediate problems to try to provide a quicker solution.
  • It stresses the importance of the unconscious and past experience in shaping current behaviour.
  • It uses similar techniques to psychotherapy, including free association, interpretation and especially transference, where feelings you experienced in previous significant relationships are projected onto the therapist.

Your therapist will aim to build an accepting and trusting relationship, encouraging you to talk about your childhood relationships with your parents and other significant people.

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)

  • EMDR was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and traumatic life experiences.
  • It is particularly used in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • EMDR is thought to imitate the psychological state that we enter when in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.
  • EMDR is designed to tap into this high-speed processing mode that we all have, helping the brain to process the unresolved memories and make them less distressing.
  • Your therapist will talk with you to help you process the memory‚Äôs and resolve them.

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