Clients come to me for various reasons, for some it is because they have a particular problem that wish to address. For others, it is more about creating an exceptional life in every area and dimension. When you are selecting a counsellor or therapist it is important to look for someone who you can work with and who you can trust. It is also worth looking into the different modalities and approaches that these professionals deploy in order to help their clients. For me, therapy is about a strong partnership between the therapist and client. It is also, in my view, about using that partnership to help clients achieve their outcomes and goals as efficiently as possible. The approaches, therefore, that I deploy, are those that are most helpful in getting people back on track and progressing towards their goals with an enhanced sense of purpose and in sync with their value systems. These are (in no particular order!):
- ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy - a third generation CBT approach)
- Mindfulness (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy - a third generation CBT approach)
- DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy - a third generation CBT approach)
- Existential Psychotherapy
"Third wave" CBT therapies all have the ultimate and explicit goal of assisting people to live and experience fuller, more satisfying lives (not just to reduce any current unhelpful psychological and emotional symptoms as was the aim for first and second generation CBT therapies). Therefore, concepts such as metacognition (awareness and understanding of one's own thought processes), acceptance, mindfulness, personal values, and philosophy are frequently incorporated into what might otherwise be considered traditional behavioural interventions.