Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidenced based therapy that looks at how our thoughts, feelings, behaviour and our bodily sensations are all connected with a particular focus on the idea that how we think and what we do affects the way that we feel. Very often the thoughts that we have or the behaviours that we engage in can be unhelpful. This can result in us feeling anxious, low in mood and impact our self esteem. Although we cannot stop or control our thoughts, there are ways that we can adapt our responses and behaviour to improve our mood and wellbeing.
CBT is a very active therapy and will involve looking at patterns that may be keeping problems going and learning new skills which you will practice both within and in between sessions. The idea is to build a ‘toolkit’ of skills that will help you to navigate and cope with life challenges.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT (pronounced as the word 'act') is about learning to accept what is out of your personal control and commit to action that improves and enriches your life.
ACT helps clients learn new skills to cope more effectively with difficult thoughts and feelings and the inevitable pain of life. By clarifying what is truly important to them, ACT then helps clients find ways to act on and behave more consistently with these values in order to move towards a rich, full and meaningful life.