Therapies

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ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT)
Acceptance and commitment therapy (or ACT) is a form of behavioural therapy that uses acceptance and mindfulness
strategies to help increase psychological flexibility. ACT therapy believes that by accepting negative thoughts and feelings, individuals can choose a valued direction in which to take action and make positive changes. ACT promotes psychological flexibility and encourages healthy contact with thoughts, reconnection with the here and now, and a focus on personal values, and commitment to behaviour change.
COACHING
A life coach is someone that looks to empower others by helping them make, meet and exceed goals in both their personal
and professional lives. They help you to start taking action in the areas of your life that you wish to change. A life
coach guides you through the process by asking questions that help you evaluate and decide which …
CHILDREN'S PLAY THERAPY
Play therapy helps children to express themselves, explore their feelings and thoughts and make sense of their life experiences. Play therapists work with children of all ages in a safe environment to help alter the child’s view of difficult experiences and increase confidence and build self esteem. For children play is a natural activity of learning, exploration and communication, and is considered highly effective for helping children to ‘play out’ what they may find difficult to express.
CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPY
Clinical Hypnotherapy is the use of an altered state of consciousness, or trance, for therapeutic benefit. Under hypnosis, the conscious, rational part of the brain is temporarily bypassed, making the subconscious part which influences mental and physical functions, receptive to therapy.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helps you manage your problems by helping you to recognise how your thoughts can affect your feelings and behaviour. CBT is a combination of a cognitive approach (examining your thoughts) with a behavioural approach (looking at the things you do). CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety.
COUPLES THERAPY
The aim of couples counselling is to improve communication and resolve difficulties within an intimate relationship. Couples counselling is a term applied to therapy for two people within a relationship. If one partner is reluctant to start couples therapy sometimes it is possible to begin therapy on your own first with the possibility of your partner joining you at a later date.
EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITISATION AND REPROCESSING (EMDR)
EMDR is used to treat a range of emotional difficulties that typically originate in trauma, such as violence, accidents or natural disaster. These experiences often lead to a post-traumatic stress disorder for which EMDR has been recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
EMDR therapy is also used for the treatment of other issues including:
• depression
• performance anxiety
• phobias and fears
• addictions
• complex grief
MINDFULNESS
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to what is happening in our lives in the present moment. Although mindfulness cannot remove life’s difficulties with regular practice it can help us take notice of (and hopefully stop) negative, habitual reactions to everyday stress. This is most commonly practised through mindful meditation which involves paying attention to sights, sounds and physical sensations while trying to reduce ‘brain chatter’.
NEURO LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING
Neuro refers to your neurology; Linguistic refers to language; programming refers to how that neural language
functions. NLP’s creators claim there is a connection between neurological processes (neuro-), language (linguistic) and
behavioral patterns learned through experience (programming), and that these can be changed to achieve specific goals in
life.
PERSON CENTRED THERAPY
The person-centred approach sees human beings as having an innate tendency to develop towards their full potential. This type of therapy facilitates the personal growth and relationships of an individual by allowing them to explore and utilise their own strengths and personal identity. A person-centred counsellor will aid this process and provide vital support.
PSYCHODYNAMIC THERAPY
Psychodynamic therapy aims to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness – helping individuals to unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, which are too difficult for the conscious mind to process. To avoid these memories and experiences surfacing, many people will develop defences, such as denial and projections which will often do more harm than good.
PSYCHOSEXUAL THERAPY
Psychosexual therapy is a therapeutic technique which is specifically designed to help people living with difficulties that are of a psychological, sexual nature and has proven successful in helping people of all ages, health and sexuality to overcome their sexual problems. Some of the issues psychosexual therapists will be able to help with include:
• loss of sexual desire
• painful intercourse
• difficulties with orgasm
• arousal disorders
• erectile dysfunction
• premature or delayed ejaculation
• sexual difficulties following abuse
• general breakdown in a couple’s relationship
• not being able to achieve penetrative sex
• fear of sex
• menopause
• pregnancy and postnatal sex
• sexuality and illness
• sex avoidance
• poor body image relating to intimacy
SOLUTION FOCUSED THERAPY
Solution-focused brief therapy is based on solution-building rather than problem-solving. Although the approach acknowledges present problems and past causes, the approach mainly explores an individual’s current resources and future hopes, helping them to look forward and use their own strengths to achieve their goals.
TRAUMA FOCUSED CBT
Trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is a therapy that is aimed at addressing the needs of children and adults with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other difficulties related to traumatic life events. The goal of TF-CBT is to provide psychoeducation to both the child and the caregivers and help them to identify and cope with emotions, thoughts and behaviours. Research has shown TF-CBT to be effective in treating childhood Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and children who have experienced traumatic events.

One of our Counsellors is Arabic speaking and can offer therapy in this language.

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