We provide psychological therapy to adults and adolescents and can work with a range of mental health issues including (but not limited to):
ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) focusses on six core areas that are designed to increase ‘psychological flexibility’ or, in other words, to reduce the tendency to become ‘stuck’ in unhelpful patterns of thoughts, emotions and behaviours. As the name suggests, ACT helps people move towards accepting what is out of their control, and committing to action that helps you grow in meaningful ways.
The six core areas that ACT focusses on include:
- Contact with the present moment – being consciously aware of the present moment rather than unhelpful engagement with the past or future.
- Defusion – stepping back from unhelpful thoughts, worries and memories.
- Acceptance – stopping the struggle with painful feeling and sensations in an active and beneficial way.
- Observing self – developing your awareness and attention in such a way that allows conscious choices in your everyday life.
- Values – establishing the things that really matter in life and helping you move towards them.
- Committed action – focussing on doing things that may be difficult or uncomfortable in order to work towards your values on a day-to-day basis.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy has been extensively researched and studies have shown it to be effective in areas such as depression, chronic pain, anxiety, stress, eating disorders and addictions.
Schema therapy was developed by Dr Jeffrey Young to address the treatment of people who had difficulties with depression and anxiety but who tended to either relapse or not respond to other more traditional forms of psychological therapy. Schema therapy draws on the theory and techniques of several other pre-existing therapies including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), attachment theory, Gestalt therapy and object relations theory.
A ‘schema’ is best understood as an organized pattern of thought and behaviours that reflect a person’s framework representing some aspect of the world. In schema therapy, this usually focusses on the way we relationships in general, both how we perceive others and how others perceive us. Work in therapy is designed to help a client alter unhelpful schemas in order to prevent recurring patterns and problems in their life and relationships.
Schema therapy has been tested in numerous studies and has been found to be effective in a range of problems, but particularly those relating to problems within personality.
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