I use a variety of techniques to identify causes for the problems/issues faced by clients and then tailors my therapies for maximum effectiveness to cure the problems faced by the clients.
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In CBT, a person works with a therapist to look at patterns of thinking (cognition) and acting (behaviour) that are making them more likely to become depressed, or are keeping them from improving once they become depressed. For example, depressed people tend to view things as either all good or all bad. Once these patterns are recognised, the person can make changes to replace them with ones that promote good mood and better coping. CBT can be conducted in individuals meeting with a therapist or in groups. Treatment length can vary, but is usually four to 24 weekly sessions.
Behaviour Therapy (BT), also called behavioural activation, is a major component of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT, see page 21). However, it is different to CBT because it focuses on increasing a person’s level of activity and pleasure in their life. Unlike CBT, it does not focus on changing the person’s beliefs and attitudes. BT can be carried out with individuals or groups, and generally lasts between eight to 16 weeks.
Art therapy is a form of treatment that encourages the client to express his/her feelings using art materials, such as paints, chalk or pencils. In art therapy, the client works with a therapist, who combines other techniques with drawing, painting or other types of art work, and often focuses on the emotional qualities of the different art materials.
Family therapy refers to a number of different treatment approaches that all treat family relationships as an important factor in mental health. Usually the whole family (or at least a number of family members) will attend treatment sessions, rather than just the family member who is suffering from depression. The therapist tries to help the family change their pattern of communication so that their relationships are more supportive and there is less conflict. Family therapy approaches are most often used when a child or adolescent is suffering from depression.
IPT is a type of psychological therapy that focuses on problems in personal relationships, and on building skills to deal with these problems. IPT is based on the idea that these interpersonal problems are a significant part of the cause of depression. It is different from other types of therapy for depression because it focuses more on personal relationships than what is going on in the client’s mind (e.g. thoughts and feelings). Although treatment length can vary, IPT for depression is usually conducted over four to 24 weekly sessions
There are several different types of relaxation training. The most common one is progressive muscle relaxation. This teaches a person to relax voluntarily by tensing and relaxing specific groups of muscles. Another type of relaxation training involves thinking of relaxing scenes or places. Relaxation training can be learned from a professional or done as self-help. Recorded instructions are available for free on the internet or they can be bought on a CD.