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We cover a range of psychological therapies both behavioural and experiential which include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Equine Assisted Therapy (Eagala) Models.   These can be utilised as a single approach or combined for an integrative approach.

WHAT ARE THESE THERAPIES?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a talking therapy that focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour.  CBT teaches coping skills for dealing with different problems. It combines cognitive therapy (examining the things you think) and behaviour therapy (examining the things you do).

ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY

ACT differs from CBT in that instead of challenging distressing thoughts by looking for evidence and coming up with a more rational response (CBT), in ACT, the thought is accepted as a thought, e.g. "I'm having the thought that this boat is going to sink", and then defused using a variety of techniques, which may include mindfulness, metaphors and language.  ACT uses three broad categories of techniques: mindfulness, including being present in the moment and diffusion techniques; acceptance; and commitment to values-based living.

DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOUR THERAPY

(DBT) treatment is a cognitive-behavioural approach that emphasiSes the psycho-social aspects of treatment. DBT theorises that some people may be prone to react in a more intense manner toward certain emotional situations, especially those found in close relationships. Some people’s arousal levels in such situations can increase far more quickly than the average person’s, attain a higher level of emotional stimulation, and take a significant amount of time to return to baseline arousal levels.

DBT helps a person identify their strengths and builds on them so that the person can feel better about him/herself and their life.  DBT helps identify thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions that make life harder and finds solutions to managing them.

SOLUTION-FOCUSED THERAPY

Solution-focused therapy places focus on a person's present and future circumstances and goals rather than past experiences. In this goal-oriented therapy, the symptoms or issues bringing a person to therapy are typically not targeted.

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