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Models

Our psychologist is trained in various therapeutic models, including cognitive-behaviour therapy, psychodynamic therapy and person-centred therapy. Our psychologist will often combine and coordinate various elements of these models into a whole to work using an integrative approach. Below are brief descriptions of some of these models.

Cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT):

This type of therapy looks at the important role that our mental processes (cognitions), e.g. perception and judgment, play in how we feel emotionally and physically and in what we do (behaviour). Once negative thoughts have been identified CBT is used to challenge and to modify those thoughts into more helpful ways of thinking. CBT can be helpful in dealing with, among other things, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, obsessions and depression.


Psychodynamic therapy:

This type of therapy attempts to help clients understand the roots of any emotional distress being experienced by increasing their understanding of how past experiences and relationships can influence present behaviours. One way in which the therapist does this is by helping the client to focus on unconscious processes manifesting in the client's current behaviour.


Person-centred therapy:

The person-centred approach believes that human beings have innate resources to cope with their circumstances and that a set of core conditions could foster this innate capacity and lead to helpful therapeutic change. This set of core conditions is used to guide the work and requires that therapists have the attitudinal characteristics of unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence.

   
   
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