Therapies We Use
In general, we use treatment modalities which are backed up by scientific research (i.e., evidence-based treatments).
We have found that the best results occur when we make use of a number of therapies depending on the specific nature of our client’s problems.
There is usually no one-size-fits-all in psychological and counselling therapies.
You can be assured that our Hart Psychologists have been trained in a number of these therapies and can tailor your help and programs to uniquely suit you and your needs.
The newer methodologies of Mindfulness and Compassionate Therapy are showing extremely positive results.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT is a very popular treatment with Psychologists, as to date it has the most evidence proving it’s efficacy. It is suitable for a wide range of disorders, in particular depression and anxiety. In CBT the focus is on identifying your negative thoughts and replacing them with more realistic and positive ones, and this has a follow on effect on your behaviour.
Schema Therapy helps you discover the limiting beliefs about yourself that you have developed from your childhood, and that you are usually unaware of. These may include believing that you will never be a success, that you need approval from others, that you are always entitled to more than anyone else, or that you don't have the ability to work and function independently without support, and many more. In discovering and working with these "life traps" you can free yourself from them, making you far more open to reaching your full potential in many areas of your life.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is an often used therapy with a highly proven success rate and is a practical therapy based on both validation and acceptance and changing through problem solving.
Although it is very practical, it has also been influenced by the Eastern traditions of mindfulness and Buddhist teachings. It has be shown to be effective with all forms of depression.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy is an evidence-based treatment that looks at all your relationships in more detailed form. We will review your most important relationships including your family ones and will look at your attachment styles and the way you communicate, and any interpersonal issues arising from these relationships. Interpersonal Psychotherapy has a proven track record particularly for all forms of depression including Bipolar.
Mindfulness Based Therapies
One of the best known mindfulness therapies is the relatively new and very popular Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. When using this therapy we help you focus on being mindful and accepting of your undesirable thoughts and emotions, rather that trying to rid yourself of them. This is an important shift for most clients in allowing but not identifying with these thoughts and feelings.
In the commitment phase, you will identify what are your important values and goals and then we help you take action towards these goals. This is a very effective treatment.
Compassion Focussed Therapy
Compassion Therapy is a very recent therapy based on the latest research findings of neuroscience. We have discovered that although we as humans can overreact to life's stressors and threats, causing us stress, anxiety and eventually depression, we are also hardwired to respond very favourably to kindness and compassion.
Far from fostering emotional weakness, compassion subdues our anger and increases our courage and resilience to depression and anxiety. Wisely used, compassion arms us with the strength to pursue genuine happiness and peace of mind.