At Vivamus Psychologists we will arrange an initial 50 minutes consultation in order to assess an individual’s current situation, their goals for therapy and their ability to engage in therapy. Sometimes during an assessment clients will be asked to complete some questionnaires. If this is the case the Psychologist will explain the purpose of the questionnaires. The initial consultation also allows for the client to ask the Psychologist questions about how they work and to ascertain whether they feel the Psychologist is someone they can form a trusting working relationship with. At the end of the assessment the Psychologist will ideally be able to recommend a therapy plan to the client or if needed suggest another assessment appointment.
There are many different ways of conducting Psychological Therapy and the Psychologists at Vivamus aim to tailor their approach to meet an individual’s unique needs. The models of therapy used by Vivamus Psychologists include cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), systemic, psychodynamic and humanistic. These models have been heavily researched and found to be effective in treating a wide range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, and chronic pain. The frequency and length of therapy are decided by client and therapist, and the therapeutic process is collaborative.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is based on the premise that the way we think about a situation affects how we act. In turn, our actions can affect how we think and feel. It holds, therefore, that it is necessary to change both the act of thinking (our cognitions) and our behaviour, at the same time, if we are to overcome psychological difficulties, such as depression and anxiety. The Psychologists at Vivamus have all been extensively trained in the theory and application of CBT, which has a growing evidence base of effectiveness, and are able to tailor Cognitive Behavioural techniques to an individual’s difficulties during therapy.
There are several approaches that come under the umbrella term Humanistic Psychotherapy, including Existential Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy and Transactional Analysis. While each approach has its own particular theory and therapeutic practice models, they all emphasise the independent dignity and worth of human beings and their conscious capacity to develop personal competence, autonomy and self-respect. The Psychologists at Vivamus have all been trained in aspects of such models and hold true to valuing a client’s unique experience and understanding in working with their difficulties.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychological treatment which was originally aimed at helping people deal with traumatic memories and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Over the years, in addition to traumatic memories and PTSD, EMDR has been increasingly used with a wide range of problems including grief, anxiety, performance anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, and a wide range of emotional problems arising from difficult childhood experiences. EMDR is well researched and has been found to be effective in dealing with these sorts of problems. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines recommend EMDR as a treatment of choice for adults with PTSD. The length of treatment varies depending on the nature of the problem. EMDR can achieve results extremely quickly in as little as 3-5 sessions, and for other people treatment may take longer. Evidence suggests that EMDR is the quickest psychological treatment for traumatic memories and PTSD. Vivamus Psychologists offer EMDR as one of their therapeutic approaches. Vivamus Psychologists tailor treatment to meet the unique needs of each client. Because Vivamus Psychologists use a broad range of therapeutic models, clients can expect to receive a treatment that is best able to address their problems.
Vivamus Psychologists use psychodynamic theory to inform therapy and it is often integrated with other approaches (cognitive-behavioural therapy, systemic therapy) to provide therapy that is tailored to the individual’s needs. Psychodynamic Theory was pioneered by Sigmund Freud in the late nineteenth century and has since been continually developed and researched. Psychodynamic Theory explores the role of the unconscious in the development of psychological difficulties. In particular, it advocates that it is underlying conflicts in the unconscious that cause psychological stress. Through exploration of early attachments in childhood and current relationship patterns a greater understanding of what these unconscious drives/impulses are and how they motivate behaviour and feelings is gained.
Systemic therapy sees people in the context of their patterns of relationships rather than as individuals in isolation. Systemic therapy is the process of addressing difficulties not by focusing on the problem but by focusing on the solution. This type of therapy can be used with individuals, couples and families and involves thinking about people’s difficulties and solutions to these difficulties from a number of different perspectives.
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