TYPES OF THERAPY
The name ‘Mindful Living’ stems from our commitment to helping people live more mindful, fulfilling and purposeful lives.
To this end, we utilise a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including the following:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for resolving traumatic life events.
The goal of EMDR Therapy is to process distressing memories, thereby allowing us to move into the future with healthy adaptive coping skills, no longer defined by the legacy of the past. EMDR changes the way the brain processes information and experiences, leading to profound and lasting change.
Following EMDR treatment we can still recall past events, but they are no longer disturbing or upsetting. EMDR enables trauma to be remembered rather than re-lived.
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is an effective treatment that focuses on how ones’ thinking affects their mood and behaviour. CBT aims to help a person identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts and to learn practical self-help strategies.
CBT can be beneficial for anyone who needs support to challenge unhelpful thoughts that are preventing them from reaching their goals or living the life they want to live. It is based on the understanding that thinking negatively is a habit that, like any other habit, can be broken.
Steps are taken to engage in new, more helpful behaviours in order to increase quality of life.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is an evidence-based type of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy aimed at helping us to live mindfully in the present moment and take action that is guided by our personal values.
ACT teaches a range of mindfulness and acceptance skills to help us more effectively handle painful thoughts and feelings so they have much less impact and influence on our lives. ACT is based on the premise that pain is an inevitable part of the human condition, but that it need not stop us from having a fulfilling life.
ACT teaches us how to let go of struggling against or running away from pain, so that we can be freed up to connect with what really matters to us, and take action to increase our quality of life.
Mindfulness involves non-judgementally paying attention to what we are experiencing in the present moment. This might involve following our breath going in and out, listening to the sounds around us, or noticing our feet on the floor.
This sounds simple, but mindfulness is a powerful, evidence-based tool for enhancing psychological health. Neuroscientists have discovered that regular mindfulness practice literally changes the human brain! Mindfulness grounds us in the here-and-now and enables us to detach from unhelpful thoughts, regulate distressing emotions, gain clarity and make proactive rather than reactive choices.
Mindfulness is also great for increasing focus, concentration and self-compassion. We teach our clients a range of skills that they can use in everyday life.
Hakomi is an integrative psychotherapy that draws from several other evidence-based therapies that align with the latest neuroscience research on the brain, body, and relationships. The therapy is gentle, compassionate, and respectful utilising present moment to moment awareness.
Hakomi is unique with its application and use of mindfulness. It integrates a dynamic, applied mindfulness throughout the whole session. This allows for a deepened state of conscious observation. Mindfulness may be invoked indirectly through observation of non-verbal signals or directly through guidance and visualisation. You do not need any experience with meditation or mindfulness to try Hakomi.
As Hakomi is a body-based therapy, it is not reliant on talking through things or thinking about solutions. It is designed to assist in studying the deeper processes and core structures that automatically create and maintain our experience of the world. From there, deep awareness and change often organically emerges.
Single Session Thinking
Single Session Thinking is a brief intervention model of therapy. It has a unique structure and is highly focused on what you need and want from the session — ensuring that you get the most from the available time. Research shows that about 50% of people only ever attend three or fewer therapy sessions and report benefitting from this.
A brief intervention like a single session might be helpful for you:
- If you need support, strategies and resources now while you wait for ongoing therapy sessions to become available
- If there is a specific issue that you would like to address
- If there are specific skills you might like to learn from a therapist – e.g. relaxation strategies, mindfulness, or ways to change your thinking
- If you would like to check out if a therapist might be the best fit for you at this time, but don’t feel ready to commit to ongoing sessions
- If you require support, but longer-term therapy doesn’t feel viable due to other commitments or financial constraints
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Our friendly team are on hand now to take any enquiries you have. You are more than welcome to get in touch for an obligation-free chat, to ask any questions, or to schedule a face-to-face, online or telephone appointment.