There are dozens of types of psychological therapy. Some have good research evidence backing their effectiveness, others have not. Most therapists make use of a variety of influences from different therapies alongside their personal experience.
At Beaumaris, we will use a range of evidence-based therapies and techniques to meet your needs in a collaborative way.
The following brief information about particular therapeutic approaches may be helpful in thinking about how you would like to work with us:
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
This focuses on recognising unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and teaching ways to challenge and change them. Often, tasks are set outside of sessions; e.g. graded exposure to anxiety-provoking thoughts or experiences.
This refers to techniques designed to increase moment to moment self-awareness to change unhelpful habits, e.g. meditation, taking time out to recognise thoughts, feelings and behaviours in new ways. It is used in conjunction with other therapies or as part of a group, as we sometimes offer at Beaumaris.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR identifies and addresses experiences that have overwhelmed the brain’s natural resilience or coping capacity, and have thereby generated traumatic symptoms and/or harmful coping strategies. Patients are then able to reprocess traumatic information until it is no longer psychologically disruptive.
Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
This is a structured, psychodynamic approach to dealing with problems in a thorough way as efficiently as possible. It focuses on identifying and dealing with barriers to fully experiencing emotions in a healthy way in order to use them to deal with problems and enjoy life more.
This is a broad term which overlaps with ‘psychotherapy’ and elements of the above therapies may be involved. At Beaumaris, it is usually used for addressing more specific or shorter-term issues than is addressed by more complex forms of psychotherapy.
Hypnosis is neither sleep nor awake, but is a deeply relaxed, altered state of consciousness which empowers the individual to allow beneficial, positive suggestions to be accepted by the unconscious mind, the part of us which stores our deepest beliefs, memories, fears and emotions.
Other therapies, such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), may be available. Please enquire if you are looking for a particular type of therapy or format. You do not need to decide which therapy you require beforehand; what you want to work on and how will be considered carefully with you at initial assessment.