Therapists use a range of techniques and methods, some suited to particular areas of expertise, and some can be applied to clients dealing with a variety of issues in their everyday life. Therapy helps to increase a person’s well-being and to provide a safe, supportive environment to heal and to grow. The key to successful therapy is a connected, trusting relationship between you and your therapist. Therapy at times is the combination of a variety of techniques to match the style and specific needs of clients. Some methods that I draw from in providing treatment are:
CBT is an evidenced based psychological treatment for individuals living with a multitude of mental and physical challenges including anxiety, depression, workplace burnout, trauma, family/relationship difficulties, pain management, loss and grief. Through continued practice, you can learn to prevent relapse into those difficult, anxious and/or depressive periods in your life. CBT focuses on the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. The approach assists clients in challenging and reframing their beliefs and thoughts, challenges and reframes beliefs and thoughts to transform behaviour and emotions.
IPT is an evidence-based attachment-focused psychological treatment suited to adolescents and adults that focuses on such issues as Role Transition, Grief/Loss, Disputes and Social Skills. The aims of IPT are to reduce difficult emotions, to resolve interpersonal problems, symptomatic recovery and to help individuals to have greater social functioning and supports. It is based on the principle that relationships and life events impact mood and that the reverse is also true in that mood impacts life events and relationships.
MI focuses on using directive, client-centered approach to elicit behaviour change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. Compared with non-directive counselling, it is more focused and goal-directed in influencing clients to consider making change. The examination and resolution of ambivalence about making change is a central purpose or goal. MI is a collaborative conversation to strengthen a person’s own motivation for and commitment to change.
Sometimes having a neutral place to share one’s difficulties and receive support is helpful. Supportive counselling can include problem-solving and helpful resources. Supportive counselling can be combined with other methods of treatment such as cognitive behaviour therapy, and interpersonal psychotherapy