Nowadays there is a broad range of therapeutic approaches and it can be quite daunting to understand and know which one would work for you.
I tailor therapy to your needs by drawing from different therapeutic theories, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), person-centred, psychodynamic, narrative exposure and trauma-focused CBT. Please read below to learn more about the different approaches.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT aims to help you deal with your current overwhelming problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past to improve the way you feel. CBT involves hard work during and between sessions e.g. tracking thoughts, feelings and behaviours to help you work out how to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours to practise these changes in your daily life. The eventual aim of therapy is therefore to teach you to apply the skills you have learnt during treatment to your daily life.
Person-centred therapy, also known as person-centred counselling or client-centred counseling emphasising the uniqueness of each individual and moves away from seeing the therapist as the expert and seeks to facilitate a client’s tendency (also known as the self-actualising tendency) to find fulfilment of their personal potentials through acceptance (unconditional positive regard), therapist congruence (genuineness) and empathy. Person-centred therapy deals with the ways in which individuals perceive themselves consciously rather than how a counsellor can interpret their unconscious thoughts or ideas.
Psychological therapy rooted in traditional psychoanalysis focuses on the unconscious dynamics which shape experience and distress. In particular, this form of therapy helps people review emotions, thoughts, early-life experiences and beliefs to gain insight into their lives and their present-day problems.
Narrative Exposure Therapy
Narrative exposure therapy is an evidence-based short-term treatment for multiple for trauma disorders, particularly in individuals suffering from complex and multiple trauma. It is understood that the story a person tells himself or herself about their life influences how the person perceives their experiences and wellbeing. Framing one’s life story solely around the traumatic experiences leads to a feeling of persistent trauma and distress. Going over the biography helps one to understand one’s experiences and contextualise interrelated emotional responses, facilitating the integration and comprehension of behavioural patterns in a way that serves to recapture the patient’s self-respect.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is an evidence-based talking therapy for people who have experienced a single occurrence or multiple events of trauma and are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other difficulties related to traumatic life events. This therapy draws on psychological models of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy describing the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour with the aim to change people’s distressing emotions, by changing their thoughts, beliefs and/or behaviour. It is a form of therapy that helps our brain process the traumatic event into a memory in order to file away properly in our autobiographical memory. It is a collaborative form of therapy based on forming a trusting working relationship where it is possible to think and imagine about the traumatic event in a safe environment. It is normal that thinking and talking about the trauma can be distressing at first but in the long term it reduces the overall distress and work towards resolving the problem.
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