We adhere to modern methods supported by research; typically 3rd wave cognitive therapy such as; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and when/ if useful Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP).
Psychotherapy or “talk-therapy” has shown to be effective treatments for a range of issues such as depression, stress, anxiety and personality disorders. Therapy is an engaging process that reaches outside the therapeutic consultation. Between sessions you try out new ways of managing your life. Sometimes it is also assisted by exercises. It may be by exploring new ways of noticing inner experiences or trying out new behaviours in important areas of your life. The aim is to introduce real changes into your life.
Below is a description of some of the therepeutic methods that we use.
Cognitive therapy has proven to be an effectful treatment of a range of issues such as depression, anxiety, fobia, self-esteem and personality disorders. The traditional form of CBT often referred to as CT (cognitive therapy) or 2nd wave CBT is basic approach to restructuring thoughts and emotions. Although several studies shows that this early form of therapy does not permanently change thoughts or emotions it has significant effects on symptom reduction.
Below are examples of 3rd wave forms of CBT.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), is a “third wave” cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). It is also a transdiagnostic approach meaning it can meaningfully be applied to the treatment of a range of psychological challenges. It is a highly engaging form and often involves different types of experiential exercises. Mindfulness is sometimes used to support the therapy progress between sessions.
The purpose of the therapy is to change the context of unwanted events and build up a capacity – or flexibility – that enables the client to have the experiences while moving towards valuable actions and desires. With greater flexibility it is often possible to let go of inner struggles caused by anxiety, pain, emotions and thoughts and turning the focus of life on to the creation of something intrinsically meaningful: a life worth living.
Mindfulness is particularly effective for the treatment of stress as well as anxiety related disorders. It trains a new perspective or context from where inner experiences can be observed with an awareness that is unattached. It gives provides a sense of freedom to act and in turn to change behaviours.
ISTDP is a form of therapy belonging to the psychodynamic tradition. It focus’ on emotions and the ability to detect and correct incongruence between a desired and actual behaviour. There is a solid research base supporting treatment outcomes for a large range of affective disorders as well as personality disorders. It can be particular helpful for clients experiencing anxiety and forms of somatization such as migranes and body pain following emotionally loaded situations.
If you want the option to work with ISTDP please make a specific request when you contact us.