APPROACHES I USE
Person-centred therapy, also known as person-centred or client-centred counselling is a non-directive form of talk therapy that was developed by humanist psychologist Carl Rogers during the 1940s and 1950s. This approach deals with the ways in which individuals perceive themselves consciously, rather than how a counsellor can interpret their unconscious thoughts or ideas. This therapy is less directive or prescriptive than some other therapies, such as CBT, ACT and MBCT.
Best for: individuals who are experiencing situational stressors, depression, and anxiety or who are working through issues related to personality disorders.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT was developed by Dr. Aaron T. Beck in the 1960s and focuses on the here and now. It provides practical strategies to try between sessions to break the cycle which maintains someone’s difficulties. We use techniques to change your thoughts, beliefs and behaviours in order to see a change in your emotions, physiology and achieve a specific goal.
Best for: anxiety disorders, depression, low-self esteem, problem solving, minor relationship difficulties.
Psychodynamic was developed by Sigmund Freud between the 1890s and the 1930s and focuses more on the deeper routed nature of a person’s difficulties and looks at how early life relationships (childhood) influence us now in terms of our interpersonal relationships and how we deal with our emotions. This therapy can offer practical tools to try also however it is usually less structured than CBT.
Best for: Recurrent depression or anxiety, interpersonal problems, relationship difficulties, increasing self awareness, childhood emotional neglect, attachment issues, low-self esteem, addictions.
Integrative therapy was developed by Carl Rodgers and means either the two main approaches above or other evidenced based approaches. Everyone is different and one approach does not always fit all people with the same difficulty. Therefore sometimes therapists will integrate two or more approaches into your therapy sessions. This therapy ensures we cater around you and your needs as much as possible.
Best for: Individuals who do not meet specific diagnostic criteria and who do not have a specific preference regarding approaches.
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) was founded by Steven Hayes and encourages people to embrace their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them. It may seem confusing at first, but ACT paired with mindfulness-based therapy offers clinically effective treatment.
Best for: workplace stress, test anxiety, social anxiety disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and psychosis. It has also been used to help treat medical conditions such as chronic pain, substance abuse, and diabetes.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) was developed by Steve de Shazer (1940-2005), and Insoo Kim Berg (1934-2007) in collaboration with their colleagues at the Milwaukee Brief Family Therapy Center beginning in the late 1970s. SFBT is a short-term goal-focused evidence-based therapeutic approach, which incorporates positive psychology principles and practices, and which helps clients change by constructing solutions rather than focusing on problems. In the most basic sense, SFBT is a hope friendly, positive emotion eliciting, future-oriented vehicle for formulating, motivating, achieving, and sustaining desired behavioural change.
Best for: child behavioural problems, family dysfunction, domestic or child abuse, addiction, and relationship problems.
Gestalt therapy was developed by Fritz Perls, Laura Perls and Paul Goodman in the 1940s and 1950s. Gestalt is a form of psychotherapy which emphasises personal responsibility, and focuses upon the individual's experience in the present moment, the therapist–client relationship, the environmental and social contexts of a person's life, and the self-regulating adjustments people make as a result of their overall situation.
Best for: anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, and even physical ones like migraine headaches, ulcerative colitis, and back spasms.