Psychodynamic therapy evolved from traditional psychoanalysis and involves helping people identify patterns in their relationships, beliefs, emotions and behaviours in order to gain a deeper insight and understanding of their current self. This therapeutic approach adopts a longterm view of treatment and places emphasis on unconscious processes, early life experiences and the relationship between the therapist and patient.
ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY (ACT)
ACT places a strong emphasis on identifying one’s personal values and living a life in accordance with these values. It aims to help people to recognise and accept what is within their control and that while difficult emotions are part of everyone’s life, the influence that they have can be lessened. Mindfulness (i.e., contacting the present moment) is also a core component of ACT.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)
CBT helps people notice the influence that their thoughts (i.e., cognitions) and behaviours can have on their emotions. CBT is typically a structured, logical and goal directed therapeutic approach that aims to give people the skills to not only notice their unhelpful thinking and behavioural patterns, but subsequently change them to be more helpful, adaptive and realistic.
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY
Similar to CBT and ACT, DBT is a skill-based intervention and involves learning about mindfulness, how to tolerate distressing emotions, how to regulate emotions when they are overwhelming and how to communicate and interact with others effectively.
A healthy relationship is often an essential foundation of good mental health. Couples therapy focuses on working with your partner on a range of aspects you are hoping to improve, including, communication, affection, intimacy and negotiation.