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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 form of treatment for mental health issues. CBT focuses on challenging and changing cognitive distortions (e.g., thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes) and behaviours, improving emotion regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems. 

In recent years, several independent meta-analyses have found solid evidence regarding the effectiveness of CBT in treating anxiety, depression, psychosis, body dysmorphic disorder and eating disorders, among other psychological issues. 

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 psychotherapy developed by Paul Gilbert that integrates techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy with ideas taken 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 empirical evidence points to the effectiveness of CFT as a treatment for depression, anxiety, antisocial behaviour and self-harm. 

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a directive, client-centred counselling style for eliciting behaviour change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. 

Substantial scientific research exists that attests to the effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing (MI) in helping people modify 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 practice. 

It has been shown to be effective for relieving the symptoms and improving outcomes for patients with both borderline personality disorder (BPD), substance abuse for patients with trichotillomania.

There is also evidence that DBT may be an effective treatment for other psychological issues, including patients struggling with intellectual disabilities.