Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a talking therapy that is based on the principle that talking and changing your behaviour can change how you think and how you feel, which can make you feel better. In CBT sessions we work to identify and explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviour that are related to the issues or difficulties you are experiencing. This helps us to put together a theory of why you are experiencing difficulties, so that we can then use this to help you to consider and make changes.
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
CFT is based on the same basic principles as CBT but expands on this by utilising evolutionary theory and Buddhist notions of compassion. CFT acknowledges that our brains are very complex and that the way evolution encourages us to act can create problems in modern life. Therefore, CFT hypothesises that if we try to understand our minds better, try to train them and cultivate them, we can make our unpleasant emotions easier to regulate, and our positive and pleasant emotions easier to generate.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT aims to help you to build a life that you value. It helps you to identify what a rich and full life means for you while helping you to accept what is out of your personal control, and committing to action that will improve your quality of life. ACT also aims to teach you psychological skills that enable you to manage difficult and painful thoughts and feelings so that they have less influence on you, which makes it easier to change your life for the better.
A schema is a set of ideas that serve as a guide for interpreting information and solving problems. Schema therapy suggests that when our emotional needs are not met during childhood or adlescence we can develop maladaptive schemas that lead to unhealthy life patterns. Schema therapy helps you to get back in touch with your needs and feelings to break unhealthy patterns of behaviour, eventually helping you to get your emotional needs met.
Other therapeutic approaches
These are the main psychological models that I use in therapy with clients. However, this is not an exhaustive list. If you are interested in a therapy that is not listed here then please contact me.