What we do //
Our clinicians speciliase in providing CBT and psychotherapy. The most common issues that our patients present with include: stress, relationship problems, anxiety, low self esteem, depression, OCD, phobias, trauma, bereavement and work difficulties. Our aim is to help you facilitate change in your life and in doing so improve your mental health.
As Chartered Psychologists we employ a number of therapeutic frameworks, but most importantly we tailor the model of therapy based on your individual needs and circumstances. We integrate talking therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). This approach will allow you to gain an in-depth understanding of how your difficulties have developed and are maintained by exploring your thoughts, feelings, and behaviour in different areas of life. As part of your therapy we will teach you techniques to enable awareness and sustainable change.
ACCEPTANCE & COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT)
As the title says, ACT stands for accepting the difficulties in life that are outside of your personal control. The therapist will help you to redirect your resources and commit to action that improves the quality of your life.
This is achieved by teaching you to accept painful thoughts and feelings. By doing so your focus will shift to clarifying what is truly meaningful for you. We then use your value systems to guide and motivate you to change your life for the better. The aim of ACT is to maximise your potential to lead a rich and meaningful life.
THE PSYCHODYNAMIC MODEL
The psychodynamic model is in its essence a developmental theory which is based on the principle that early experiences create a persons internal world. The conflicts and deficits one experiences in early childhood impacts the internal world and has a powerful effect on how we experience ourselves and others. The approach focuses on the link between past and present; it provides a way of making sense of our past experiences and separating it from our life at the present.
For example, it may be that you are not comfortable with conflict and confrontations. With the psychodynamic model, we are able to trace this feature back to childhood and perhaps notice the origin of this behaviour. We can then separate the here and now from childhood experiences enabling you to move on with this new understanding.
Mindfulness is being in the here and now just as it is with full acceptance. When you think about either the past or future your mind generates worry, stress and anxiety. You may be having thoughts such as: “I didn’t perform well in the meeting. What if this deal falls through. It will be my fault. My managers will see this and I will get fired. I won’t be able to keep up with the mortgage payments….”
There is over 20 years of scientific research backing the effectiveness of mindfulness as an approach to help deal with mental distress. All our trained psychologists have an established personal mindfulness practice, take part in regular retreats and training programmes.
In treatment we teach you various mindfulness based techniques to help stay focused and present in your everyday life. In doing so you can connect with what is meaningful and establish a peaceful way of being.
If you would like to know more about mindfulness, watch this short introduction by Jon Kabat-Zinn:
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)
There is a great deal of research evidence to show that CBT works effectively in treating depression, anxiety, Obsession Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This evidence has been provided by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) which is an independent research body advising the NHS.
CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn our actions can affect how we think and feel. The therapist and client work together in changing the client’s behaviours, or their thinking patterns, or both of these.
The therapist is very active in the process of therapy. Together you will be able to notice old patterns of thinking and how some of these are causing difficulties in life. The therapist will help change your way of thinking and behaviour in order to help create a meaningful life.