TREATMENTS & THERAPIES

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Information on treatments and therapies

Find more information on treatments and methods available from DHC Talking Therapies

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Guided Self Help (GSH)

CBT is an evidence-based approach that looks at the link between a situation, our thoughts, feelings, emotions and our actions/behaviours. 

You will work with your practitioner to identify current thinking patterns and behaviours, as well as learning self-help techniques to improve these as well as help to reduce any physical symptoms. The ultimate aim is to help you to learn ways to manage your emotions in a healthy way. The techniques you will be taught will need to be practiced outside of the sessions for the treatment to be effective. 

Guided Self Help based on the principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is undertaken over four sessions fortnightly and this will continually be reviewed with the therapist you are working with. Sessions are for 35 minutes and can be delivered face to face or by telephone or via Skype. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is an evidence-based approach that looks at the links between a situation and how we might think, feel; both physically and emotionally and behave in response to this.

You will work with your therapist to identify current thinking patterns and behaviours that might be problematic, as well as learning techniques to improve these.

Your therapist will explore with you and you will work together to develop an understanding of the origins of certain thinking styles and to explore the cycles that maintain the difficulties you experience.

Unlike some other talking therapies, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. However it can be helpful to look back at the past to help you to understand the cause of your concerns. 

The ultimate aim is to help you to learn ways to manage your emotions in a healthy way, now and into the future.

 CBT has been found to be helpful for many different mental health disorders.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Long Term Health Conditions

Having a long-term health condition can be both physically and mentally demanding. It is common for people with long term health conditions to feel stressed, worried, angry and depressed due to their condition and how it can impact their day to day life and interactions with those around them.

It has been found that CBT can be of benefit in providing an open space to speak about how you are feeling and how the condition impacts life for you. Whilst this will be different for everyone, CBT can help in learning new tools and techniques to make daily life more manageable.

CBT is an evidence-based approach that looks at the links between a situation and how we might think, feel; both physically and emotionally and behave in response to this.

You will work with your therapist to identify current thinking patterns and behaviours that might be problematic, as well as learning techniques to improve these, this will be adapted around any physical difficulties you might have.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR Therapy was developed for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on the basis that traumatic experiences are not always ‘processed’ or ‘stored’ correctly by the brain because of the impact and severity of the trauma. Distressing nightmares are common, as is generally feeling on edge all the time and avoidance of certain activities. Often, over time, these symptoms reduce naturally as the brain tries to make sense of the traumatic events on its own accord. Sometimes however, we may need help from a therapy such as EMDR to be able to move on.

During an EMDR session, the therapist will encourage you to recall some, or all, aspects of the trauma you experienced whilst focusing on an exercise provided by the therapist. This technique allows the brain to make sense of different memories from the trauma and store these memories in a better way. The effect of this reduces the impact of the trauma and helps you to recover.

You will generally be offered eight sessions of EMDR which will continually be reviewed with the therapist you are working with. Sessions are for 50 minutes. Treatment is usually face to face only.

Stress Management workshop using guided self-help based CBT

CBT is an evidence-based approach that looks at the link between a situation, our thoughts, feelings, emotions and our actions/behaviours. The practitioners will work with you to identify current thinking patterns and behaviours, as well as learning self-help techniques to reduce stress and anxiety. The ultimate aim is to help you to learn ways to manage your emotions in a healthy way.

The workshop is based on four weekly sessions lasting one and a half hours and is currently held in the evenings in a group of up to 11 people.

The workshop covers a wide range of interventions including psychoeducation around stress, breathing and relaxation, worry management techniques and how changing behaviours can improve emotional wellbeing. The workshop also touches upon strategies to improve sleep, thought challenging and communication and assertiveness.

Introduction to 6 Week Mindfulness Group

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment, on purpose, in a non-judgemental way.

Mindfulness is about being aware of the present moment and this may sound easy however, our minds naturally wander off in thoughts, images and daydreams all the time, and sometimes we can be ‘miles away’ before we realise it.

The second part of the definition ‘non-judgmentally’ is also important. Very often we are constantly judging, comparing, arguing with or trying to change our experiences. Mindfulness helps us to relate to ourselves and our experiences in an enquiring way, with kindness, openness, and acceptance.

The Origins of Mindfulness

Mindfulness originates from Eastern spiritual traditions such as Zen Buddhism. More recently, people have adapted some of the principles and practises of these traditions to establish Mindfulness as a therapeutic approach. In this form and as it is delivered on the 6 week programme, it does not have any spiritual or religious links and can be practised by anyone, regardless of their religious beliefs.

Benefits of Mindfulness

Mindfulness can help you become more aware of where your mind is going such as rumination and worrying. It can help you to gain a new perspective on patterns of thinking and feeling that impact your mood and functioning. Mindfulness teaches us to respond wisely to experiences, rather than reacting in old habitual and unhelpful ways. Mindfulness is known to help with a range of physical and psychological problems including, anxiety, anger, depression, pain and tinnitus.

Homework, Exercises and Practice

Mindfulness is a skill which requires careful cultivation and practice. It involves spending time in periods of ‘focused awareness’ also known as ‘meditation’. You will be provided with handout material and ‘homework’ sheets and practices to complete over the 6 week programme. There will be an opportunity to explore any reflections, benefits experienced or difficulties faced during the following group session. However, there is no pressure to report back to the group.

Is it the same as relaxation

There are some parallels however Mindfulness is not the same as relaxation. Exactly why not should become clearer over the course of the programme, the important point is that mindfulness is not about ‘switching off’ but staying present and attentive. Sometimes, mindfulness meditations can be relaxing; this should be thought of as an added bonus, not the main aim of the exercises. In Mindfulness, we seek to approach exercises with an open mind, without aiming for a particular destination or result.

I’m not so sure if this is suitable for me?

Some people find the principles and practises of Mindfulness immediately appealing. Others may be more dubious. For some, the idea of sitting with and attending to whatever is going on in their mind and body might sound odd, unappealing, or even anxiety-provoking.

Doubts and reservations are understandable, and we expect that some of what is delivered on the Mindfulness 6 week programme may not come naturally to all. We would encourage you to approach it with an open and enquiring mind, try and reserve judgment and give it a go. Different people get different things out of practising Mindfulness; it will only ever work if you approach it willingly. The facilitators will check in with any questions or reflections each week.

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