Types of Therapy
During your counselling, your psychologist may use a variety of techniques or therapies to assist you with the process of making positive change in your life.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT equips you with the psychological skills required in order to accept what is out of your personal control and commit to action that improves your life. It approaches this in two ways. Firstly it aims to reduce the impact of painful thoughts and feelings through the development of mindfulness skills. Secondly it assists you to clarify what is important to you by exploring your values and using this knowledge to motivate you to positive change.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT aims to help you become aware of and act to change the negative thinking patterns and behaviours that cause psychological distress.
Some situations prevent a child from developing adequate attachments. Without the support and psychological safety of a loving caregiver, children can experience anger, detachment and impaired learning ability. Developmental Therapy seeks to provide emotional stability for traumatized children with an environment of security, acceptance and safety by building empathy and engaging in play.
Issues of existence such as death, freedom, loneliness and the search for meaning in our lives are all a part of the human condition. This type of therapy deals with these and other issues of existence that may be a source of emotional conflict in our lives.
Interpersonal therapy (IPT)
IPT is a supportive psychotherapy that is time-limited and focuses on building your interpersonal skills. Looking at how you interact with people can help you better understand your emotions in relation to them and how this can contribute to psychological problems.
Mindfulness Therapy helps you learn to be aware of your thoughts and feelings so you are better equipped to cope with day to day stressors. Life Resolutions run Group Workshops on Mindfulness.
Narrative therapy seeks to resolve your problems by re-authoring your life according to your preferred story of identity. It centres around asking you to consider your relationship to your problems and creating a positive narrative focusing on your strengths rather than your weaknesses.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy looks at how events during the first six years of our life can structure our personality. Development of anxiety is a direct result of the repression of conflicts from our childhood and this technique seeks to address these repressed conflicts.
Psychodynamic therapy seeks to reduce psychological stress by tapping into the unconscious mind or ‘psyche’. By tapping into the unconscious through techniques such as free association, transference and working through painful memories, negative behaviors of which you were unaware can be uncovered and dealt with.
Schemas are the way in which we cope with and respond to the things that happen to us in our life. Schema Therapy aims to stop you from using coping methods that don’t work and get back in touch with your core feelings so your everyday emotional needs can be met.
This type of therapy as the name suggests, focuses on creating solutions to problems. It does this by taking the stories you create in your life and therefore about yourself, from stories of failure to stories of coping and success.