1. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a form of psychotherapy that helps a person to change unhelpful or unhealthy thinking habits, feelings and behaviours. CBT helps children and adolescents to recognise and label their emotions, and emphasises the important role of thinking in influencing feelings and behaviours.
CBT is evidence-based, has been practiced widely for more than 30 years, and studies have demonstrated its effectiveness with a variety of emotional and behavioural difficulties in children, adolescents and adults.
CBT at PsychCentral involves the use of skills development and practical self-help strategies that can bring about positive and immediate changes in a clients quality of life.
CBT is suitable to treat a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties including:
• Anger Management
• Behavioural Management
• Stress Management
• Eating Disorders
• Drug & Alcohol Misuse
• Adjustment Issues
• School Refusal
• Relationship and Communication Difficulties
• Social Skill Development
• Study Skills
• Problem Solving Skills
• Medical Conditions with a Psychological Component
2. Play and Expressive Therapy
Play and Expressive Therapy is a well-researched and evidence-based form of psychotherapy/counselling for a wide range of childhood and adolescent emotional, behavioural, social and psychological difficulties.
Neuroscience research indicates that Play and Expressive Therapy, with its use of metaphors, provides new experiences that develop the function of the brain and mind. More brain centres light up in response to metaphoric and symbolic play than any other form of human communication, which forms new neural pathways (Levin, F., 1997; Modell, A. H., 1997).
Play and Expressive Therapy builds on the child and adolescent’s inner resources and strengths, which are supported by the therapeutic relationship to bring about growth, adaptive behaviours, and resilience. It helps children and adolescents develop confidence, self-esteem, healthier ways of communicating, and coping strategies. These newly developed skills contribute to overall happiness, and are transferred to everyday life.
Play and Creative Expression is essential for children and adolescents to learn self-mastery, and to develop physically, emotionally, and socially. It is the natural way that children and adolescents understand their world, and it is a medium for them to express their thoughts and feelings.
Children and adolescents can express themselves more fully and directly through self-initiated spontaneous play and creative expression. In addition, play and creative expression fosters imagination and creativity, and encourages confidence and concentration.
Play and Creative Expression:
• Promotes Social Skills
• Promotes Emotional Literacy and Physical Coordination
• Fosters Development of Thinking, Communication, and Independence
• Is Beneficial for Physical Health
• Develops Self-Knowledge
Play and Expressive Therapy is appropriate for children and adolescents aged between 3 and 15 years, because it is uniquely responsive to children and adolescents’ developmental needs.
Research on Play and Expressive Therapy found that humanistic, non-directive methods of Play and Expressive Therapy are a particularly effective intervention for children and adolescents experiencing social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties (Bratton, Ray & Rhine, 2005)*.
These include but are not limited to:
• Adoption and Fostering Issues
• Strengthening Attachment in Relationships • Adjustments and Transitions
• Anxiety and Phobias
• Challenges at School
• Emotional Difficulties
• Peer Relationships
• Problematic Behaviours
• Selective Mutism
• Self-Esteem & Identity Issues
• Sibling Rivalry
• Chronic Illness and Hospitalization
• Encopresis and Enuresis
• Grief & Loss
• Sleeping and Eating Difficulties
3. Acceptance Commitment and Mindfulness Therapy (ACMT)
ACMT is an empirically-based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies to foster behaviour/change strategies and to increase psychological flexibility. The core message with this therapy is to accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches your life.
The aim of ACMT is to maximise a clients potential for a rich, full and meaningful life.
This is achieved by teaching the client psychological skills to deal with your painful thoughts and feelings effectively to enable these to have much less impact and influence over you. These are known as mindfulness skills.
Also, the clients works with the therapist to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you, then use that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate you to change your life for the better.
4. Group Play Therapy
Children in Group Play Therapy learn from each other about their ‘self’ as well as about others. Children discover their own uniqueness, and begin to realise that they can relate to other children’s fears, difficulties, and concerns. In the group environment, children learn important lessons about social interaction, and develop communication and interactive skills.
5. Filial Play
Filial Play is a form of Play Therapy that involves the child, parent and therapist during play sessions. The goal of Filial Play is to strengthen family relationships. Filial Play is especially effective at improving the attachment between a child and his or her parents. Filial Play is suitable for infants, toddlers, young children and their parent(s).
6. Imago Couples Therapy
Imago Relationship Therapy is the process of giving couples information through the use of an ‘intentional dialogue’ teaching couples the tools to:
- help make the unconscious aspects of their relationship conscious address conflict at its roots rather just trying to solve it in a surface way
- be successful in the work of healing and growth
- create emotional safety for each other
- learn how to better meet each other’s needs
- transform conflict into opportunities for deeper intimacy and connection
- make small changes that make the biggest difference in terms of happiness and fulfillment as individuals and as a couple
- learn how to become a source of pleasure instead of pain for your partner
- realize how to make your marriage or partnership a fulfilling, alive, passionate, fun, transforming source of increasing wholeness and sacred transformation.