To ensure you get the best outcome from your work with our psychologists we only use treatments that have been scientifically shown to be effective in treating your current symptoms and concerns.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
The predominant therapy model used by our psychologists is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This is because CBT has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of concerns including:
- Mood difficulties such as depression
- Post traumatic stress
- Childhood behaviour issues
- Eating disorders
- Obsessive compulsive disorders
- Anger and stress management
- Procrastination and perfectionism
CBT is at least as effective as medication,
often with longer lasting reduction of symptoms
Although the specifics of how CBT is implemented will differ depending on the concerns you bring to treatment, there are a few key areas involved in all CBT treatment, including:
COGNITIONS: Therapy will assist you to examine your thoughts, beliefs and assumptions and to understand how your thinking influences how you feel and what you do. You will learn to evaluate how realistic and helpful your thoughts are and to transform your mind towards helpful realistic thinking.
BEHAVIOUR: Therapy will also focus on how what we do influences how we think and feel and will assist you to identify unhelpful behaviour patterns and to develop flexible, helpful behaviours that allow you to be the best version of yourself.
THERAPY: CBT is a practical, structured, goal oriented therapy that requires active participation from the patient in order to experience maximum benefit. It is a skills based therapy delivered in a flexible and individualised way, so you will be able to learn skills relevant to your specific concerns, as well as how to apply these skills to future problems that may arise.
CBT will teach you SKILLS FOR LIFE
that will continue to BENEFIT you long after therapy has finished.
We also use other evidenced based therapies that are related or complementary to CBT including:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Schema Therapy
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Habit Reversal Therapy (HRT)
Treatment for Children and Adolescents
Although CBT has been shown to be effective when working with even young children, when treating certain difficulties arising in childhood and adolescence our psychologists may also draw on ideas from Family Therapy and Narrative Therapy. These therapy models allow for consideration of how relationships within the family and greater networks can be utilised to assist young people to overcome their difficulties.
One example of this is Maudsley Family Based Therapy for adolescent eating disorders. More information about this treatment will be available soon.