Therapies By Headstart Therapy
“A PROBLEM SHARED IS A PROBLEM HALVED….”
It certainly is, and talking through a concern with a friend or family member can be really helpful. On occasions, some concerns can turn into worries that begin to have a detrimental impact upon on your mental health and you may benefit from the support of a therapist.
A therapist can help you deal with your negative feelings by exploring your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Looking at how you interpret events and describing your thoughts and feelings can help you become more aware of how you behave and any patterns of behaviour that you wish to change. Taking a different viewpoint of an event and challenging unhelpful thoughts or looking to set attainable goals and identifying skills and strengths can help you to affect positive changes and encourage you to behave differently. This can empower you to take greater control in your life and increase your self-esteem.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that talks about how you think about yourself, the world and other people and how what you do affects your thoughts and feelings. Although how we think and feel may be due to events in our past (predisposing factors), CBT looks to engage in the here and now problems and difficulties. CBT can help you change how you think (cognition) and what you do in response (behaviour). CBT says it is how we interpret an event and not the event itself which gives rise to our emotions and subsequently our behaviour. During CBT it can be useful to discuss your past and how this may influence your thinking, however the primary focus is improving your mental health now.
SOLUTION FOCUSED BRIEF THERAPY (SFBT)
“If you want to open the door you need the key, not the analysis of the lock” (Steve de Shazer). Often the answer to a problem is the antithesis; quite simply, the solution. Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) lends itself to problem free talk so that the sessions are positive and forward thinking. The client is the expert here and not the therapist; however using a variety of questions, the therapist helps the client to identify social strengths such as their own skills and abilities and external resources in order for the client to attain their preferred future state. Examining what actually happens when the problem isn’t there and doing more of that becomes a central construct of the client’s philosophy. SFBT is a departure from the more medical approaches in psychological therapy. Initial research shows this method to be highly effective; 25% of clients requiring just one session and almost all clients requiring fewer sessions than with other commonplace therapies.
This is not about counselling or therapy as we are not looking to ‘fix’ something, but rather we work from the perspective that you are healthy and strong enough to face challenges. We will use dialogue to move you forward and tackle some common barriers to positive change such as procrastination, conflict and a lack of confidence. We will examine your options, core values, beliefs and well-being so you can plan effective goals to help you move toward the harmonious whole life that you want.
There is no magic wand!! Or definitive answer and no therapist or psychologist should imply that there is. Together we can work through some of the difficulties you have and I can make observations and suggestions and advise strategies to help you help yourself. Any changes you make are entirely your choice.