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    Our Approaches | One to One Counselling
    We use a number of different approaches in therapy and would be happy to discuss these approaches with you either before or during your first consultation. 
    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    ACT is an internationally recognised and validated therapy model that focuses on letting go of fusion or attachment to thoughts, embracing the present moment, and engaging in effective patterns of behavioral action to move toward value-based goals. The idea is that life can be painful, and attempts to reduce pain through control and avoidance only result in additional unnecessary suffering. The ultimate goal of practicing the basic principles of ACT is to build a rich, vibrant, and meaningful life while accepting the inevitable pain that comes with it. ACT is a good adjunct to CBT therapy for clients experiencing depression, anxiety and a range of other psychological difficulties. ​ Click here for more information about ACT .

    Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
    Designed to aid in preventing the relapse of depression, MBCT specifically in individuals with major depressive disorder (MDD). It uses traditional cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) methods and adds in newer psychological strategies such as mindfulness and mindfulness meditation. Cognitive methods can include educating the participant about depression. Mindfulness and mindfulness meditation, focus on becoming aware of all incoming thoughts and feelings and accepting them, but not attaching or reacting to them. Like CBT, MBCT functions on the theory that when individuals who have historically had depression become distressed, they return to automatic cognitive processes that can trigger a depressive episode. The goal of MBCT is to interrupt these automatic processes and teach the participants to focus less on reacting to incoming stimuli, and instead accepting and observing them without judgment. This mindfulness practice allows the participant to notice when automatic processes are occurring and to alter their reaction to be more of a reflection.

    Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
    CBT is a well validated treatment for a wide range of difficulties including depression and anxiety. CBT emphasises the link between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Negative or unhelpful thoughts can cause self-destructive feelings and behaviours. CBT is about becoming aware of these unhelpful patterns and then challenging them to create more helpful thoughts, which can help to improve mood or reduce anxiety. CBT also aims to increase behavioural skills to better manage difficulties, such as behavioural activation,problem solving, goal setting, relaxation training, communication skills and exposure therapy.
    CBT focuses on ways to implement strategies into your daily life to improve your mental health and reduce psychological difficulties. CBT is typically delivered within 10-12 treatment sessions and works especially well for clients presenting with acute psychological difficulties.

    Schema Therapy
    Schema Therapy (or more properly, Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy) is an integrative approach to treatment that combines the best aspects of cognitive-behavioral, experiential, interpersonal and psychoanalytic therapies into one unified model. Schema-Focused Therapy has shown remarkable results in helping people to change negative ("maladaptive") patterns which they have lived with for a long time, even when other methods and efforts they have tried before have been largely unsuccessful.

    Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
    EMDR is a therapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.

    Mindfulness Meditation
    Mindfulness meditation can assist you to be more in the present and experience life in the moment. Various methods include mindful breathing, mindful listening, mindful walking, and noticing. It is simply a way of allowing you to have more mindful and conscious awareness of your body and its surroundings, and its capacity to relax.

    Motivational Interviewing
    Motivational interviewing is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. Compared with nondirective counselling, it is more focused and goal-directed. The examination and resolution of ambivalence is its central purpose, and the counselor is intentionally directive in pursuing this goal.