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Therapeutic Modalities

Therapeutic Modalities

Therapeutic Modalities

Hakomi Mindfulness Psychotherapy. Curiosity, deep listending and mindfulness are used to establish a safe relationship in which to gently access areas that have been protected (hurt, grief, trauma etc). Exploring thoughts, body sensations, emotions, impulses, and images, in the present moment brings core unconscious material to awareness. These can then be examined, understood and changed. For more information visit the hakomi website.

CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is active, directive, structured, problem-focussed and collaborative therapy. It helps you to further develop resources you already have, and develop new skills and strategies.

CBT targets behaviour change and thinking (cognitive) change. Our repetition of patterns of thinking and behaviour, whether helpful or unhelpful, become automatic and unconscious. The process of therapy brings these patterns to conscious awareness and then changing them, or increasing the options you have, is possible.

Some common CBT treatment goals involve developing negotiation skills, developing communication skills, examining thoughts, identifying unhelpful thinking and developing constructive thinking patterns, assertiveness skills, decision making and relaxation skills.

Interpersonal Therapy focuses on the relational dynamic between you and others, how to manage relationship problems and build interpersonal skills. How we think, feel and behave affects how we relate to each other. In turn our relationships and the roles we play in them affect our quality of life. The focus is the set of relationships in which the person is imbedded.

Couples Therapy. Behaviour in relationships is influenced and maintained by the way we interact with each other. Each person comes to the relationship with their own particular set of vulnerabilities and defenses, and these interact, sometimes in an unhelpful or painful way. Creating safety in communication, mutual understanding, listening and negotiating are often key elements in couples therapy.

IFS - Internal Family Systems is a combination of systems thinking, and the paradigm of multiplicity of the mind. It allows a way to approach the network of relationships between parts at any level, in both outer and inner worlds, expanding options and releasing resources as we shift from "I am scared" to "A part of me is scared".

NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming is a synthesis of, and a way of understanding, all methods of therapy and change. It was developed by modelling what excellent therapists do, and how language affects neurolology. NLP involves the use of language and non-verbal communication in specific ways to effect change in a particular individual. It is a dynamic approach emphasising development of rapport between the conscious and unconscious realms. NLP practitioners presuppose people’s ability to grow, learn, develop and achieve their goals.

Solution Focussed Therapy is future oriented. It is often easy to focus on current barriers, problems and bad times. Solution focussed therapy orients you to what you do want, rather than what you don’t want. You are facilitated to fully explore, invest in and create your desired outcome, to notice resources you already have, when the desired outcome is actually occuring and how this can be enhanced.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. DBT is a form of psychotherapy that was originally developed by Marsha M. Linehan, a psychology researcher at the University of Washington, to treat people with borderline personality disorder (BPD); it is now used in a variety of psychological treatments. DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness largely derived from Buddhist meditative practice. DBT has been shown experimentally to be generally effective in treating BPD. Research indicates that DBT is also effective in treating patients who present varied symptoms and behaviours associated with mood disorders, self-harming behaviour, for sexual abuse survivors and chemical dependency.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  (ACT) gets it name from one of its core messages: accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches your life.
The aim of ACT is to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life. ACT achieves this by teaching psychological skills to help deal with painful thoughts and feelings effectively - in such a way that they have much less impact and influence over you. These are skills are based on the practice of mindfulness.
ACT also assists in clarifying what is truly important and meaningful, then utilizing that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate  changes in life.

Schema Therapy. Schemas are organized patterns of thought or behaviour. They can also be described as a mental structure of preconceived ideas, a framework representing some aspect of the world, or a system for organizing and perceiving new information. Some schemas can be self-defeating. For example, an Abandonment schema would make a person very sensitive about their perceived value to others, predict others will leave them, which then makes them feel sad and panicky in relationship.
Then to avoid the pain an avoidance coping style may develop to limit closeness in relationships. This seems protective, but adds to the feeling of distance and loneliness, reinforcing the Abandonment schema.
The goal of Schema Therapy is to help patients get their core emotional needs met.

For further information call Flourish Psychological Services on (02) 4578 3384 or email: contactus@flourishhealth.com.au