Our approach is what people say really does set us apart from other organisations offering counselling and psychology services.
Excellent service delivery is of course at the very heart of all that we do and we use only the very best, tried and tested approaches from mainstream psychology.
The approaches that we use are based on empirical research and there is ample evidence to suggest these approaches work.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (for teens)
This approach focuses on exploring how our thoughts, feelings and behaviours influence each other. A difficult thought leads to an increase in difficult feelings which impact upon our behaviours.
For example, you may have an exam at school. You may have the thought that ‘I can’t do this.’ This may contribute to a feeling of anxiety or dread. This may mean you don’t concentrate on the exam because you are thinking about how you can’t do it, and as a result you don’t finish the exam.
When we use a cognitive behavioural approach we help clients learn to identify unhelpful thought patterns and develop more helpful ones to get them work towards their goals.
Acceptance and Commitment therapy
This a third wave cognitive behavioural therapy that has an increasingly large body of evidence behind it in support of its effectiveness.
ACT operates on the principle that when we are connected to our values we are more likely to set meaningful goals that help us to succeed in where we want to go. It focuses on the assumption that when we experience unhelpful or difficult thoughts or feelings we become fused with them and it is like we cannot see anything clearly beyond our problems. It teaches a number of DEfusion strategies to help people step back from and see their challenges more clearly.
For example, life can be stressful for a teen and the pressures from school and peers can create anxieties about school performance and belonging. Some come to us with ‘self esteem’ issues or depression. Working from this approach we would work with our teen on some creative strategies to be able to step back from difficult thoughts or feelings, and to set some clear and meaningful goals that matter to them.
Applied Behaviour Analysis
Applied Behaviour Analysis is an approach we use with our teens with social, behavioural and communication difficulties.
It involves observing and analysing behaviour to understand it’s nature and function implement change.
Example: Some of our teens come to use because they display challenging behaviour such as hitting, throwing, screaming behaviours. Our job would be to understand the function of this behaviour...why are they doing it?...and teach them skills in responding differently, or teach others around them how to respond differently.
The therapeutic relationship
Research actually shows that the greatest recipe for success in therapy is the relationship with the client. We work hard at getting to know our clients interests, hopes, dreams and goals to ensure they feel heard by us. We aim to make our sessions dynamic, creative and energy filled, we love our work and put our all in to it, and view it as a privilege to get to work with every teen and adult we meet.