Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
During CBT our therapists work together with a client to tackle negative thoughts, feelings and behaviour cycles. CBT works by interrupting these negative thoughts and teaches a client to replace them with positive ones over time, teaching them a coping mechanism that can be employed outside of the therapy session. By challenging and changing negative thought patterns, the structured approach of CBT tackles problems one by one and is usually a fast-acting therapy. It has a strong evidence base and can be used tot target depression, anxiety, OCD and PTSD.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is a form of CBT and so is routed in the same principles of overcoming negative thoughts and teaching coping methods for dealing with life stresses. Teaching skills to deal with difficult thoughts and feelings acceptance and commitment therapy aims to help clients realise what is important and meaningful to them, rather than focusing on negativity. It can be employed effectively to help those struggling with trauma, workplace stress, anxiety attributed to health problems and bereavement.
A meditation-based practice, mindfulness aims to help reduce stress. Teaching clients to intentionally ‘switch off’ and refocus in order to tackle negative thoughts and prevent oneself from believing them without questioning. This cognitive process can be taught to reduce the effects of depression, stress and anxiety.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a psychotherapy that is used to help client’s minds heal from the symptoms of emotional distress and life trauma. By targeting upsetting or painful memories, the clinical psychologist aims to help the mind process the feelings and tackle emotions that may be underlying. Focusing on one memory at a time with their eyes closed, the clinician will ask the client to track the movement of their hand with their eyes, which should kick start the reprocessing accelerating intellectual and emotional processing. The therapy can help clients with PTSD, or people who have suffered life trauma or domestic abuse.
Schemas are defined as broad and pervasive patterns of thinking and behaviour which are more deeply held than a belief. It is thought they are related to our sense of self and overall view of the world and it is thought that unhealthy schemas develop as a result of difficult experiences, creating negative thought processes and behaviours in a person. Schema therapy aims to identify schemas, link them back to past events and alter any unhealthy coping mechanisms that have formed as a result. This treatment can be effective for trauma, anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder and PTSD.
Our Clinic Locations
Victoria Therapy Centre, 22 Victoria Rd, Saltaire, Shipley BD18 3LQ
Bethel Hall, Morton Lane, East Morton, Keighley BD20 5UE