Evidence based, trauma informed, mindful and compassion focussed.
It's good to know your TLA's *
*Three Letter Acronyms.
Here are some you may know, and what they mean.
Trauma Informed Practice
Trauma Informed Practice means that we:
Are committed to the 5 principles
Emphasise physical and social safety for all
Understand the role and impacts of trauma, complex trauma and developmental trauma
Apply this understanding to how supports are designed to minimise re-traumatisation
Affirm skills, strengths and abilities and build on these
Recognise the importance of respect, hope and the healing power of connection
It is the way in which therapy is provided that is trauma informed.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Embracing Change
CBT holds that the way we think about the world influences how we feel and how we behave. CBT focuses upon changing the unhelpful or negative thoughts, attitudes and beliefs. Lifestyle changes may also be implemented. The process of change is central to CBT. CBT recognises that the body and mind are connected. It is a short term therapy that will provide you with a variety of strategies and tools for managing and responding in different situations.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
The essential component of ACT is letting go of the struggle to control unwanted thoughts and feelings, being mindfully aware of the present moment, and committing to a course of action that is consistent with what you value most in life. ACT asks you to explore what living a life of vitality would mean and helps you to move forward in that direction. It is an effective treatment for a wide range of emotional and psychological issues including anxiety, depression, stress, and substance abuse. ACT is also a wonderful approach to couples therapy, and many aspects of ACT are used in helping people to overcome eating problems and body image issues.
The essential component of ACT is letting go of the struggle to control unwanted thoughts and feelings, being mindfully aware of the present moment, and committing to a course of action that is consistent with what you value most in life.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) – Wise Mind
DBT is influenced by a philosophical perspective of dialectics – that is, that two opposing views can both be true. It promotes a both, or “AND” approach, rather than an “EITHER” approach to reduce the all or nothing thinking. DBT focusses on developing 4 core skills to regulate emotions, tolerate distress and negative emotions, be mindful and present in the given moment and communicate and interact with others effectively. The dialectic at the heart of DBT is acceptance and change.
Research shows that DBT is successful in treating depression, bulimia, binge-eating, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. It is also an appropriate model for working with survivors of childhood abuse.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
MBCT combines cognitive behaviour therapy techniques with meditative and mindfulness practices and is based on John Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program . It was originally designed to help individuals with recurrent bouts of depression to prevent relapse. MBCT helps us discover our vulnerabilities and emphasises an increase in awareness of our thoughts and feelings. MBCT helps us to develop a new relationship with our thoughts and feelings, to live a life worth living with compassion and warmth.