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Approach

At Authentic Psychology, We approach each person differently based on their needs and goals. This can involve a combination of therapies that increase a person's self-insight, develop skills such as managing emotions and building healthy relationships. However, sometimes what people need is guidance through coaching.

 

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

"Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself." Plato

Thoughts and thinking are two very different things. We have little control over thoughts that pop into our minds, some of which can be quite unnerving! However, we can control how we think. Thinking involves reasoning, the process of evaluating something in a logical way. This can involve thinking about our thoughts.
Cognitive behaviour therapy involves identifying our core beliefs and automatic thoughts, understanding how these affect how we feel and how both our thoughts and feelings impact the way we behave. The goal is to evaluate our beliefs and thoughts and develop healthy ones that will help a person live a happier and more fulfilling life.

Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

"When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier." Roy E. Disney

The aim of ACT is to create a rich, full and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that
inevitably goes with it. Fundamental to ACT is knowing your values (what's important to you), being aware of what's happening in the present moment, looking at your thoughts rather than looking at yourself and the world through your thoughts, and committing to living according to your values.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Learning skills to build a better life

The aim of DBT is to teach skills to help you manage difficult emotions, understand what triggers them and how, when acted on, they can impact you and your relationships with other people. Four core skills are taught: Mindfulness to help increase your awareness of what you are experiencing at a particular moment in time, emotion regulation to manage what are often intense emotional reactions, distress tolerance to build your ability to cope with difficult emotions, and relationship skills.

Psychodynamic Therapy

"Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." Carl Jung

Psychodynamic therapy is an insight-oriented therapy. This is because it aims to increase self-awareness of the influence of unconscious processes and past experiences on current behaviour. It tends to be a longer therapeutic process than other therapies, but it can result in lasting change. 

Group Work

Increase self-awareness, explore new ideas, develop skills, and build relationships.

There are some things that are better learnt with others as it can give insight into other people's lives revealing that you are not alone in the problems you face.
Small groups of 6-8 people are run to increase understanding and teach skills to manage difficulties. Issues addressed include: Anxiety, depression, relationship skills, self-esteem and assertiveness skills.

Coaching

"Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals." Michelle Obama

Coaching is very different from therapy. The focus is on helping you achieve a goal. It requires being ready for change, knowing what it is you want to change, what stops you from changing, developing a plan to achieve that change and staying motivated to change. The role of your psychologist will be to ask questions that help you think about what and why you want to change and what gets in the way, reflecting back your thoughts, helping you set achievable goals and develop a plan to achieve them.