Styles of Therapy & Training

I’m regularly asked what the difference is between various approaches to therapy. There can be a lot of overlap between approaches but I’ve put this brief guide together in the hope it will show some of the key differences between approaches. If you’d like to see anything added then just let me know.

Coaching

Coaching emphasises getting clear on your goals, breaking them down into actionable steps and being accountable for achieving taking them. More >

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT, is a popular approach to working with troublesome patterns of thought or behaviour in a structured way. More >

Counselling

Counselling provides space for the client, with the therapist’s support, to work through difficulties in a safe and supportive environment. More >

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy emphasises the role of the subconscious mind and utilises the power of the imagination to help in developing better ways of thinking, feeling and acting. More >

Mediation

Mediation is a process for understanding the perspective of different people or ways of thinking with the aim of finding common ground that is mutually beneficial. More >

Meditation

Meditation is the practice of quietening the mind by stepping back from the busyness of day to day life and the often constant train of thoughts. More >

Medication

Prescription medication is used in cases where symptoms are severe to help bring about ease making it possible to engage in therapy and make practical positive changes. More >

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the act of being present in the moment and engaging more fully with what you are experiencing often leading to a greater sense of control and ease. More >

Psychoanalysis

The Psychoanalytic process recognises the influence of the unconscious mind in day to day life and seeks to bring about balance by exploring the hidden motives of behaviour. More >

Psychiatry

A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor who is licensed to prescribe medication and who will typically diagnose and assess as well as provide therapy. More >

Psychology

A Psychologist is someone who studies human mental and physical behaviour and who may also be a practitioner of therapy or a consultant or trainer. More >

Psychotherapy

The term Psychotherapy refers to any of  number of psychological therapies that assist clients in gaining insight and making positive changes in their lives. More >

Training

Training approaches focus on equipping you with practical skills – such as the ability to set goals, be healthier or communicate more easily – to improve your quality of life. More >

A Guide To Change

Sometimes change can be easy, other times a little harder, but either way the following tips will help ensure that you are moving steadily in the right direction.

1) Decide that you want to change

This is one of the single most important parts. When you reach that point where you’ve committed to yourself that things will be different it can be amazing the momentum that follows.

2) Clarify what you want to change

You probably have a sense of what the problem is but what is the end goal, and what are the actions that need to be taken to get you to where you want to be?

3) Take immediate action

Now is the perfect time to get started. Sure you mightn’t be able to do everything in any given moment but there’s normally something that you can do and many small steps lead to covering a lot of ground.

4) Get support

We’re not in it alone and support is available from many sources: friends, family, support groups, online resources and the assistance of a skilled therapist are just a few options.

5) Review your progress

If you’re checking in with yourself and noticing how you’re doing you’ll be able to benefit both by seeing what you’re doing well but also by seeing what isn’t working so you can modify your approach.