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What Are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy, ACT, Schema Focus Therapy, AND Imaging Rescripting and Reprocessing?

CBT: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is about addressing our negative thought and unhelpful behaviours which have an impact on our moods and physical wellness. It was developed in the 1950s by the American psychiatrist A.T. Beck. It involves working with your thoughts (cognitions), your behaviours (what you do) in order to change your emotions. The therapist and the client work together, in partnership to help the process of change. For this reason, the therapist will ask the client to perform some tasks between sessions. The most common task is to record particular thoughts triggered by particular situations. Therapy may involve taping the session to allow the client to listen and learn from it in his/her home.
Mindfulness: Mindfulness is the ability to notice and make room for our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations. It is about making contact with the present moment, come back to the here and now, engage fully in whatever we are doing. Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy integrates Cognitive Therapy with Mindfulness.
Compassion Focus Therapy: CFT is about understanding how experiences- especially traumatic experiences- affect us and how we can address them with courage, kindness, and understanding. CFT has elements of CBT and Mindfulness.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: ACT is a behavioural approach that includes all the above and in addition teaches us to act on our values rather than on our fears. It is also based on neuroplasticity. The picture above on the right illustrates the ACT approach to therapy.
Schema Focus Therapy: SFT is based on CBT but it involves looking at our core beliefs about ourselves and the world and the underlying patterns of relating to events.
Imagery Rescripting and Reprocessing : is a CBT technique for single traumas.

What Conditions Can They Help?
CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, and Compassion Focus Therapy can help particularly depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Chronic Fatigue,and anger related conditions. Stress and work related issues also seem to benefit from these approaches.

What Benefits Can Be Expected?
Through the therapeutic process and the individual commitment, clients will be able to acquire new skills and new insight of themselves which eventually will enable them not only to be their own therapist but to improve the quality of their lives.

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