Everything we do is aimed at helping you regain control and live the life you want to live.
And we’ll often combine different techniques to get the best outcome for you.
trauma-focused cbt (tf-cbt)
We offer two trauma-focussed CBT approaches – prolonged exposure (PE) and cognitive processing therapy (CPT). Both are equally effective, and both are based on the theory that negative emotions connected to the memories of a traumatic event, and how you think about that traumatic event, lead to PTSD.
Prolonged exposure (PE) is about facing up to the memory in a planned way so we can help you wear down the negative emotions connected to it. Our goal is to strip the memory of its ability to upset you. When you’re not spending time and energy trying to avoid a traumatic memory or anything that reminds you of it, you’ll be able to live a more normal life.
Similarly, Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) focuses on the unrealistic or unhelpful thoughts a person has about the traumatic event; thoughts that stir up memories and reminders of the trauma, leading to negative feelings such as fear and shame. Through CPT, we help you identify and change those thoughts in a planned way. When you regain control, your thoughts become realistic and helpful, and your memory of the traumatic event loses its power to upset you.
Motivational interviewing is a counselling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behaviour. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes.
Solution-based Brief Therapy
Unlike traditional forms of therapy that take time to analyse problems, pathology and past life events, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) concentrates on finding solutions in the present time and exploring one’s hope for the future to find quicker resolution of one’s problems. This method takes the approach that you know what you need to do to improve your own life and, with the appropriate coaching and questioning, are capable of finding the best solutions.