Clinical Psychologists are trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), along with many other types of therapies and therapeutic approaches. The therapeutic model used in your treatment will be suggested based on what best meets your needs, and following your assessment, your Psychologist will have an idea of what approach will suit you best. They will discuss this with you and explain why they are suggesting a specific therapy or approach. If you have a preference for a specific therapy, you can discuss this with your Psychologist. We draw on a wide range of therapeutic models, but the therapies we use most often are described below.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a treatment that has a good evidence base for treating most mental health difficulties. It looks at how our thoughts and behaviours influence our emotions which in turn, influence the way we think and what we do. Treatment focusses on challenging unhelpful thinking and encourages you to change your behaviour. CBT focusses on the here and now, and involves practicing things you learn in-between sessions.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a newer approach which has an emerging evidence base. ACT focusses on making changes in line with what is important in our lives. It will help you to identify core areas in your life that are important to you. It will then help you to move towards these using techniques including mindfulness.
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) Approaches
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) was originally designed for the treatment of depression, but the evidence-base for its effectiveness in treating other mental health difficulties is growing. IPT focuses on you and your relationships, working on the premise that our relationships are at the centre of psychological difficulties. IPT-informed approaches teach you the skills to communicate with others in a way that better suits your needs and helps to address problems that are sustaining those difficulties.
Emotion Regulation Approaches
Sometimes we might struggle to regulate our emotions. We may feel ‘cut off’ from our emotions and feel numb or zombie like. We may feel like our emotions overwhelm us and we tend to react in ways we aren’t proud of. These approaches uses techniques to help you feel more in control of your emotions – to feel connected to them, but not overwhelmed by them