ACT – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
ACT is an acceptance and mindfulness based therapy. ACT can help us notice and diminish the function (impact) of our unconsciously held avoidance behaviours that lead us in unhelpful directions. In doing so it helps us practice compassion for self and others and adopt values consistent with our highest good.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a form of psychotherapy in which the therapist and the client work together as a team to identify and solve problems. Therapists introduce new tools and reflective practices that help clients become more aware of their thinking, behavior, and emotional responses, and to overcome their difficulties by making healthier choices.
Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
In SFT every problem is seen as an opportunity for growth.
Solution Focused Therapy holds the belief that the client is the best authority on their own experience; it views the client as being fully capable of fulfilling their own potential for growth. Counselling offers a safe place to explore all thoughts and feelings, positive or negative, without risk of rejection or condemnation. The power is in the present.
Solution Focused Therapy seeks to solve current problems and work with a client’s resources rather than merely looking for causes. This can be brief therapy and is highly successful at relieving suffering in the long term, as well as short term.
The focus on to what actually works in therapy and on finding solutions rather than dwelling on problems, placing the emphasis on the solution rather than the cause. SBT is a ‘here and now’ approach and is value-based with emphasis on people’s strengths and capacities as a means to change and grow.
Mindfulness – is a way of paying attention to the present moment. It helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we’re better able to manage them. Practising Mindfulness has proven to help with stress, anxiety and depression, and addictive behaviours, and can even have a positive effect on physical problems like hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain. Cultivating mindfulness is, and has always been, a deeply personal journey of discovery.
“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit -not because you think someone else wants you to be different.” Stacey Charter