Mindfulness is the practice if bringing your awareness to the present moment. It is about observing all the small things that often go unnoticed throughout our day.
By turning this awareness inward, towards our inner thoughts and feelings, we can explore where our feelings and emotions are steering us. From this point of observation, we can make changes that better our lives.
Meditation is the practice of silently observing your thoughts. Most people do this in a restful position, others find some daily activities a meditative experience, such as walking or being creative. Meditation can benefit everyone, and anyone can do it.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT is popular because it’s commonsense based and has clear principles. Research has demonstrated that CBT is the most effective treatment for those coping with depression and anxiety. It’s therapy that involves talking and can help you manage issues by changing the way you think, feel and act.
CBT aims to find practical ways to help you tackle problems in a positive way, by breaking them down into smaller parts.
By promoting self -awareness and emotional intelligence, clients can begin to “read” their feelings, to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy perceptions, and to realise how distorted thoughts contribute to painful feelings.
Simply put, it’s about:
* Focus on changing the automatic, negative thoughts, that contribute to or worsen emotional struggles, depression or anxiety.
* Emphasis on being present, here and now, with mindfulness techniques
* Involves collaboration and active participation between client and counsellor
*Based in logic, the process is goal oriented and problem focused.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
DBT therapy is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy. It primarily helps clients recognise and change problematic thinking and behaving. It can assist clients to regulate their intense emotions and improve relationships through validation, acceptance and behaviour change. DBT focuses more on helping people change their behaviour patterns, (as opposed to trying to think or talk through the issues).
Simply put, it’s about:
* Developing mindfulness, an awareness of here and now.
*Involves collaboration between client and counsellor
* Examining distress tolerances
*Improving interpersonal effectiveness
* Regulating emotions
* Modifying negative behaviors
The relationship you have with yourself often is reflected in the quality of your relationships with others. By becoming self aware, you are more able to identify and resolve interpersonal relationship issues.
Whether is is a business, romantic, family or friend relationship, by examining the dynamics, and your own perceptions, counselling can help you can discover ways to maximise the effectiveness, quality and positive interaction within relationships.
Couples therapy is a process to bring awareness to problems or issues within the relationship. It allows each person to discover their own needs and how to best meet the needs of the relationship. By examining the communication, actions and responses that occur individually, it can be determined how each affects the relationship overall. In a collaborative way, where possible, it’s about finding a way forward towards a healthy, functional, mutually beneficial relationship. Utilising Gottman Theory and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, it is not about the counsellor playing referee in a game of blame. It is about each person having the ability to consider their own thoughts, behaviours and beliefs, and how each impacts the relationship.
Adolescent counselling is aimed at helping young people make sense of their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. A rise in the incidence of stress, anxiety and depression over recent years, has found many teenagers struggling to cope with everyday life. The most common concern in teenagers is anxiety, with around one in eight meeting the clinical criteria.
With participation in Social Media compounding the feelings of unrealistic comparison and low self worth, it is harder than ever for young people to learn to navigate their way in the world.
Counselling can help by developing awareness of their thoughts, questioning their validity, so they can better self regulate their responses, and make better choices.
Certain events in life stay with us. Like a moment frozen in time that influences our thoughts, feelings, responses and perceptions from then on. Sometimes these are recent occurrences or major life events such as death, accidents or loss, but often they occur in our youth and shape the way the world is viewed. From that time, coping mechanisms and thoughts arise, that seek to protect from the harm caused by trauma.
These coping mechanisms form the basis for our protective mindset, and create a bias around current or future events.
Even the smallest of triggers can create a thought or behavioural response linked to the original trauma. Many people are unaware of the link between these past traumas, and how they influence current behaviour.
Trauma also affects our nervous system, and triggers physical responses. After trauma, these responses often remain in unhelpful loops. You can’t just think your way out of trauma. Utilising Vagus Nerve Therapy, we can create better regulation and create new responsive pathways.
Therapy and counselling can assist in recognising, examining and re-framing trauma experiences. It’s about finding ways to be able to move toward a more peaceful, accepting and happier life.