WHAT IS TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS PSYCHOTHERAPY?

Transactional Analysis (TA) is both a theory of personality and communication, and a system for the improvement of personal and social functioning, within the humanistic tradition. Eric Berne, its’ founder, re-examined the basic assumptions of psychiatry, and from his radical pioneering work developed a system of in-depth analysis and change. The philosophy of TA accentuates […]

WHAT IS PERSON-CENTRED COUNSELLING?

Person-Centred counselling is a ‘talking therapy’ and encompasses many different approaches that are all designed to help people to look at their lives and to find effective ways of coping. For all of us there are times in our lives when we feel confused, distressed or unable to cope. A counsellor will provide you with […]

WHAT IS COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)?

Cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT is a collaborative therapy that helps the individual to change unhelpful or negative thinking, beliefs and behaviour in order to improve areas in their life and cope more effectively. CBT is a combination of cognitive (thinking) and behavioural therapies. It is based on the theory that our feelings, thoughts and […]

WHAT IS BODY PSYCHOTHERAPY OR PSYCHOPHYSICAL THERAPY?

While the idea of the unity of body and mind is well established, in practice it is difficult to avoid privileging one above the other and experiencing the mental as separate from the physical. ‘Body’ and ‘Mind’ seem different both to ourselves and in our experience of other people. Linked but separate, a psycho-somatic pair. […]

WHAT IS HYPNO-PSYCHOTHERAPY?

Hypnotherapy is one of the older psychotherapies and was first used in the eighteenth century in England and France. It was the subject of an early work by Freud and continued to be developed in the twentieth century. Hypno-Psychotherapy is hypnotherapy which is undertaken within the context of psychotherapy. What is the hypnotic state? Best […]

WHAT IS EYE MOVEMENT DESENSITISATION THERAPY (EMDR)?

EMDR is a type of therapy that was started by Dr Francine Shapiro in 1987. Dr Shapiro found that after rapid eye movements (eyes moving back and forth) disturbing thoughts and emotions improved. This type of therapy is recognised worldwide and has been used to treat a variety of disorders including post-traumatic stress, flashbacks, depression, […]

WHAT IS COMPASSION FOCUSED THERAPY (CFT)?

The last 10 years has seen growing evidence that developing the feelings of compassion for one’s self and others can have a positive impact on our body, brain and mind. Research evidence from within the healthcare community suggests that developing feelings of compassion can have a profound impact on our bodies, mental health, relationships and […]