Just as with physical illnesses symptoms, severity, impact on life and response to treatment all vary from person to person. The main therapies I work with are:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
It seems to make sense that our emotions are triggered by a situation, conversation or event. In reality, it is our thoughts about these situations which determine how we feel and behave.
“People are not troubled by things, but by their judgement of things”
Epictetus (ancient Greek philosopher)
When we develop an unhelpful style of thinking this triggers a negative cycle of feeling and behaving. By challenging these unhelpful thoughts we can bring an end to the vicious cycle which has taken hold.
An ancient Eastern practice, mindfulness is as relevant today as ever. It marks an approach to life which encourages us to live in and appreciate the moment.
When we suffer from anxiety, depression and other emotional disorders we spend a lot of time engaged in mental time travel: ruminating on the past or worrying about the future. In therapy we practise specific mindful exercises to help shift our attention away from these unhelpful thoughts and bring it back into the present.
Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)
CFT is a compassionate and gentle therapy which encourages us to be kind to ourselves. Grounded in science and the physiology of the brain it is aimed at strengthening our ability to self-soothe during periods of distress.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT teaches us to accept our underlying emotions and not let these determine our thoughts, feelings and behaviours moving forwards. It asks us what it is we value about ourselves and what it is we want to achieve in different areas of life? Therapy is aimed at ensuring that the emotions causing us distress do not get in the way of us striving for these goals.