CBT Therapy & Psychotherapy in London
Offering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, commonly known as CBT therapy, in conjunction with other evidenced based therapeutic techniques to address issues and meet individual needs.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
The way we think about ourselves, others and the world has everything to do with the way we feel. For example, a person who tends to focus on the negative without regard for the positive is more likely to feel down or irritable. Likewise, a person who worries a lot and makes negative predictions about the future is likely to feel more anxious or tense. These "thinking errors" often create problems and make coping difficult. CBT therapy directly addresses problematic thinking and helps clients to challenge and replace such thoughts with more balanced logic, which in turn ultimately improves mood and enhances coping.
We, human beings, spend an inordinate amount of time stuck in our heads. We become attached to remembering what's gone wrong in the past and predicting how it might go wrong in the future. We believe the answer to happiness lies in seeking pleasure and avoiding pain. We tell ourselves stories - "I’ll be happy once I have that job, that relationship, that house..." Yet, as we secure these goals we've already moved on to the next. This pursuit causes us more pain. Mindfulness is a type of therapy which helps clients to re-focus their attention to live in the present moment. 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 & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
In life, we tend to take our thoughts and beliefs far too seriously. We assume that if a thought comes to mind it must be fact. "He obviously thinks I don't know what I'm doing," or "I can't trust her, people always let me down." Taking these and similar thoughts too seriously tends to create more problems than it solves because the thinking itself is unhelpful, unproductive and possibly not even true. ACT is a type of therapy that helps clients to understand thoughts for what they really are - not facts but rather our biases, judgements, worries, wishes, wants, fears, needs, regrets, memories... Clients learn how to take unhelpful thoughts less seriously, focusing on or cultivating thinking that actually helps them in life, and enabling them to take decisive action towards their goals.
Psychological Therapy & Counselling
Psychodynamic 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.