People tend to come to therapy to change the way they are feeling. CBT is based on the idea that negative feelings arise in the context of certain patterns of thinking and behaviours. Through my years of clinical practice, People tend to come to therapy to change the way they are feeling. CBT is based on the idea that negative feelings arise in the context of certain patterns of thinking and behaviours. Through my years of clinical practice, it can be hard to work simply on feeling positive or calmer. Having worked with people from a wide variety of ages and backgrounds, CBT has been a powerful tool for change and breaking vicious cycles. CBT therapy directly addresses negative thinking and helps challenge and replace such thoughts with more balanced logic, which in turn ultimately improves well-being, enhances resilience and coping. In addition, CBT is advocated by both researchers and our government for a range of psychological problems (see NICE guidelines).
Mindfulness is a type of therapy which is based on a form of meditation which enables the mind to re-focus attention to become present in the moment. This process helps manage stress, anxiety, pain and other problems. Modern day life leads us to spend much of our time ruminating on past experiences, worrying about the future. Often looking to external ways to help us to be happy. By accepting the reality of how things are in "the here and now" we learn to tolerate difficult emotions and thoughts as they arise by letting them come up, addressing them, letting go and moving on.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a cutting-edge development within Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), based on research and the latest insights in psychology. There is a big overlap between CBT and ACT. However, ACT places greater emphasis on how to engage in helpful behaviours, spending less time and energy analysing and changing unhelpful thoughts. It teaches people true psychological flexibility, and how to hold painful thoughts and feelings lightly while stepping forward into a life based on their very own values and goals.
CFT helps people to develop a more compassionate approach to themselves and others. It was developed by a clinical psychologist called Professor Paul Gilbert. A lot of already difficult mental health issues like anxiety and depression also come as a package with shame and self-criticism. It can be very difficult working on the depression or managing the anxiety when the first thought that always shows up is something like, I am such an idiot for even having this problem, or, When you look like/talk like/think like me, therapy won't work because I am just too weird/too ugly/an impostor/there is something fundamentally wrong with me. When we are able to harness self-compassion, we start being able to be supportive of ourselves rather than beat ourselves up. When we learn to actually care for ourselves the soothing mode switches on resulting in a lower heart rate, feeling safe alleviating feelings of shame, failure and body image issues, feeling like a fraud.
Humanistic Psychotherapy is broad term that's generally used to describe ongoing talk therapy and counselling. This type of therapy aims to help a person explore their past and understand how it is linked to their current struggles. In establishing a solid and trusting relationship, client and therapist work together to explore difficult and potentially painful areas of life and develop insights to work through those issues.
Research shows that psychological factors such as stress have an effect on many skin disorders. Living with a skin disorder e.g. acne, vitiligo or ezema can affect your mood and behaviour. Furthermore, self-esteem and body-image can also be negatively affected. Psychological treatment can be helpful in learning new ways of thinking and coping, as well as reduce psychological symptoms such as stress, anxiety and depression, which in turn may be worsening the skin problem.