The humanistic approach looks at how you view the world and how it affects your choices. It believes that you know yourself best and are capable of making healthy change to any negative circumstances. The idea is not to interpret that you think or feel, but to simply support your process without judgement. The approach will help you to explore your true self and flow towards your authentic goals in life. This is achieved with unconditional positive regard . therapy is predominantly about being heard with occasional clarification of your process.
The person centred approach concentrates on the emotional pain of clients that can be formed from the criticism of others. By exploring self acceptance with empathy, the aim is to help growth and change.
Existential therapy looks at your philosophy and your responsibility in regards to the choice that you make. This type of therapy believes in freedom and aims at your authentic self finding its true meaning in life.
Gestalt therapy concentrates on relationships and family conflicts and how they affect your emotional wellbeing. It focuses on the present moment and can involve scenarios and role play with movement or visualisation.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioural therapy is a short term therapy that looks at problematic thought patterns that lead to uncomfortable feels and unhelpful behaviours. The understanding is that our thoughts, feelings and behaviours can be distressing and lead to mental health issues. By exploring and reframing negative thoughts then more realistic helpful beliefs and thoughts can be accessed. The therapy concentrates within the present rather than the past to help with existing symptoms by using homework such as journal, thoughts and mood diaries and measured practise in order to make postive change.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
Dialectical behavioural therapy is a form of CBT that focuses on acceptance and emotional regulation and intelligence. It looks at building a resilience to challenges and finding your personal best coping strategies.
Rational Emotive therapy explores any irrational beliefs you may have that are causing you distress. It aims at reframing irrational thoughts to improve your wellbeing.
These types of therapies can improve your behaviours, such as obsessive compulsive (OCD), eating disorders and insomnia. Tey can also help to alleviate excess anxiety, low mood and depression.
Psychodynamic therapy was born from the long term therapy of Psychoanalysis. It aims to help uncover patterns of behaviour tat are stressful or upsetting. It does this by exploring the unconscious mind and how this informs out conscious interactions which cause us pain. This often plays out in our relationships and leaves us in negative patterns which include unhealthy defence mechanisms to keep ourselves safe. It also explores the past, childhood and any dreams and fantasies you may have. Therapy can sometimes go on for years.
Psychoanalysis can help with depression, anxiety, substance misuse and further disorders. It can also help explore complex post traumatic stress disorder and narcissism from a parent or childhood carer.
Childhood often holds the answer to many of the patterns we bring into adult life. We act upon our past learning or trauma by using these defences in adulthood. By exploring our childhood, we can understand how best to change our reactions and interaction in our present moment in order to gain clarity and calm.
Dream & Fantasies
We all dream and lean in to the odd fantasy at times, but psychoanalysis believes they have properties to reveal our unconscious desires and needs. therefore, they can be useful to explore and become aware of our interpretations of them in order to inform our conscious world.