Talking therapies are psychological treatments for mental and emotional problems like stress, anxiety and depression.
There are many different types of talking therapy, but they all involve working with a trained therapist and qualified therapist. The therapist helps you find answers to the problems you’re having.
For some problems and conditions, one type of talking therapy may be better than another.
Different talking therapies also suit different people, we like to have a chat with you to make sure we can arrange the right type of therapist to work with the the problem tour presenting.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
The aim of CBT is to help you explore and change how you think about your life, and free yourself from unhelpful patterns of behaviour.
You set goals with your therapist and may carry out tasks between sessions.
A course usually involves around 6 to 20 sessions.
CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been shown to work for a variety of mental health problems, including:
• panic attacks
• obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
• post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
• some eating disorders, especially bulimia
Parks Inner Child Therapy
Penny Parks – Author of Rescuing the Inner Child and Counsellor Guide to Inner Child Therapy.
What is Parks Inner Child Therapy?
Parks Inner Child Therapy (PICT) is a powerful and versatile visualisation-based therapy model. Many PRO Therapists in our Team have been trained by Penny and have this unique qualification. It is an evolving, cognitive form of therapy, with a foundation in basic Transactional Analysis, that incorporates Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to aid rapid positive change. Although PICT was originally created to specifically help people recover from the trauma and damage of sexual, physical and emotional abuse during childhood (such harm may have been caused deliberately, caused by neglect, or by inadequate parenting which was not intentional), PICT is equally effective for a wide range of emotional problems. Such as: eating disorders, OCD, DID, self harm, ritual abuse, anxiety or depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, phobias, working with abusers, grief and loss issues (including murder, suicide, abortion, miscarriage, still birth, loss of job, material things or pets). PICT therapists also have the skills to assist with Critical Incident Debriefing (witnessing/experiencing highly traumatic events).
PICT is a directional model following a flexible structure adapted to the client’s individual needs. PICT is designed to assist people who have completed the ‘unloading’ process (the initial talking through of past events) to move into the process of deep and lasting change work, or can either facilitate the unloading process and then move on to change work, or accept clients who have already completed the unloading with prior counselling and are now ready for change work.
Counselling is a talking therapy where you talk in confidence to a counsellor. They help you find ways to deal with difficulties in your life. Counselling for depression has been specially developed to help people understand the underlying causes of their depression. Usually in an empathic way reflecting the feelings of the client.
Behavioural activation is a talking therapy that aims to help people with depression take simple, practical steps towards enjoying life again.
It may be offered one-to-one or in a group with regular meetings or phone calls with a therapist.
The aim is to give you the motivation to make small, positive changes in your life.
You’ll also learn problem-solving skills to help you tackle problems that are affecting your mood.
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)
Mindfulness-based therapies help you focus on your thoughts and feelings as they happen moment by moment.
They can be used to help treat depression and addiction. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) combines mindfulness techniques like meditation and breathing exercises with cognitive therapy. MBCT is one of the options that may be offered to you after a course of treatment for depression to help stop it coming back.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, by being aware in all sensory levels. We pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Mindfulness roots are in Buddhist meditation, a secular practice of mindfulness has entered the mainstream in recent years.