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Evidence-Based Practice and Techniques

Our organisation promotes the use of Evidence-Based practice. This means our health approaches and techniques are based on what has scientifically been shown to be effective. Evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatment approaches used by our therapists include:   

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is perhaps the most well-known and widely accepted mental health treatment approach. Clients undergoing CBT-based treatment learn how to challenge and change both maladaptive thinking (e.g., thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes) and maladaptive behaviors (immobility), improve their emotion regulation, and develop coping strategies to reduce distress. 

CBT has been consistently shown to be effective in treating anxiety, depression, psychosis, body dysmorphic disorder, eating disorders, and other psychological disorders.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed in different ways with commitment and behaviour-change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. 

It has been shown to be effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, addiction, and certain physical health issues. 

Compassion- Focussed Therapy

Compassion-Focused Therapy(CFT) is a system of psychotherapy developed by Paul Gilbert that integrates techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy with ideas from evolutionary psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, mindful practice, and neuroscience.

According to Gilbert, “One of its key concerns is to use compassionate mind training to help people develop and work with experiences of inner warmth, safeness and soothing, via compassion and self-compassion.” 

A growing body of scientific evidence points to the effectiveness of CFT as a treatment for depression, anxiety, antisocial behaviour and self-harm. 

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing (MI) involves direct, but client-centred counselling techniques, such as exploring and resolving ambivalence to induce behaviour change. 

A substantial body of scientific research supports MI’s effectiveness in helping people modify a range of problematic health behaviours. 

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach devised by Marsha Lineham. A modification of CBT, DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioural techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness derived from contemplative meditative practices. 

Scientific research indicates that DBT can be useful in treating mood disorders and suicidal ideation as well as for changing behavioural patterns such as self-harm and substance use.