Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBP) has an established evidence base for its psychological effectiveness with a wide range of issues. These include depression, anxiety, self-esteem, anger, eating difficulties and body image.
CBP acknowledges that there is a connection between mind and body, that our thoughts can affect our emotional wellbeing, physiological functioning and behaviour. These systems are all linked together, so that making a change in one will elicit change in the other areas too.
CBP’s effectiveness depends on first conducting a thorough assessment of your situation and then being able to identify, together with you, what factors contributed to the development of the problem or issue, and what is maintaining it. Once the problem has been identified, we can work together on modifying thoughts and behaviours in order to achieve realistic goals so that you can function better now and in the future.
Person Centred Counselling
Counselling offers a less structured and non-directive way of looking at your problems. It is supportive and the counsellor often acts as a mirror reflecting your emotions back to you, so that you can view them in a more objective way. A good counsellor will help you to find your own solutions to life’s problems. Counselling can be helpful through times of stress or life transitions like divorce, illness or a major change in employment circumstances.
Mindful Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Mindfulness CBT has its origins in Buddhist meditation. Its benefits are now widely recognised and evidence has shown that mindfulness techniques, in combination with cognitive therapy, can be used effectively with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression and stress.
In fact, mindfulness is so effective at preventing relapse in depression it has now become part of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence’s guidelines for the treatment of depression in adults. This means that all adults with depression should be offered Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy as part of their treatment package.
Mindfulness is a way of training the mind to observe thoughts, discomfort and emotions in an accepting way. We do not engage with them or try to change them. We learn that when we do this the mind moves on and the thought, emotion or discomfort passes. We train the mind through learning some lovely meditation techniques, which calm the mind and allow us to operate, fully functioning, in the here and now, instead of living in the depression of the past or the anxiety of the future.
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