Every therapist has their own unique way of working. My therapeutic style is predominantly informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy because I like how logical CBT is and from my experience, even the most skeptical of us, come to like this approach. In addition to CBT, I also draw upon concepts from the third wave of CBT such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). These modern CBT based
therapies make use of mindfulness techniques to teach us new ways of interacting with our thoughts and emotions.
Our brains are complex machines, and consist of a number of areas which govern logical thinking, emotions and bodily sensations as well as the nervous system. Many standard talking therapies have historically overemphasised the importance of cognition (i.e. thoughts) and ignored the parts of the brain responsible for emotion, memories and our threat responses. For this reason, where appropriate, I enhance CBT with the use of other evidence-based methods, such as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and a range of techniques from psycho-somatic therapies. This can help to return balance to an overactive fight or flight system. Combined with CBT, this integrative way of working allows for a deeper integration between how we think and feel, on both the conscious and subconscious level. It can be particularly helpful for those who previously did not benefit from more standard talking therapies.
In summary, I use a wide range of tools and techniques to target different aspects of the brain and I tailor these techniques to suit individual needs and client preferences. I have come to call my unique way of working as CBT+.