Individual Adult Therapy

Individual adult therapy is helpful for a wide range of difficulties such as bipolar and depressive mood disorders, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, trauma and stressor related disorders, impulse-control and conduct disorders and personality disorders. Therapy can also simply facilitate self-discovery and connection. Therapy sessions are usually one hour long on a weekly or biweekly basis. Therapy can be short, medium or long-term depending on the client and presenting problem. It is conducted in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment and is a collaborative, relational process. Stephen mainly draws on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy and Attachment-Based Therapy as therapeutic approaches.

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

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Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps manage problems by exploring the links between thoughts, emotions and behaviour. It is a directive, time-limited, structured, widely researched, empirically supported and present-focused psychotherapeutic approach used to treat a variety of issues such as anxiety, anger, trauma and depression. Stephen uses CBT to help identify and change dysfunctional patterns by helping to develop more adaptive thoughts and behaviours.

Schema Therapy 

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Schema Therapy (ST) is an approach to the treatment of psychological problems that do not usually respond to brief therapy such as CBT or when there has been a relapse. ST can address longstanding and difficult psychological problems such as self-concept and personality related difficulties as well as conditions such as depression, anxiety and trauma. It helps to change long-term life patterns. ST helps to uncover and understand your Early Maladaptive Schema’s (EMS). EMS’s are unhelpful patterns that some people develop if their emotional needs are not met as a child or adolescent. These schemas can affect you throughout life and contribute to problematic coping methods and behaviours if they are not addressed. ST aims to teach you how to ensure your emotional needs are met in a healthy way that does not cause distress. It integrates methods and perspectives from several psychotherapy traditions including cognitive-behaviour, emotion focused, psychodynamic, attachment and relational approaches.

Person-Centered Therapy 

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Person-Centered Therapy is a form of psychotherapy developed by psychologist Carl Rogers that seeks to facilitate a client’s self-actualising tendency, an inbuilt motivation towards growth and fulfillment, by creating an atmosphere during sessions of unconditional positive regard, genuineness and empathic understanding.

Attachment-Based Therapy

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Attachment-Based Therapy (ABT) is an approach to therapy that specifically targets those thoughts, feelings, communications, behaviours and interpersonal exchanges that a person may have learnt, either to suppress and avoid or to amplify and overemphasise because of early attachment experiences. An attachment-based approach to therapy looks at the connection between a person’s attachment experiences with primary caregivers, usually with parents, and their ability to develop normally and ultimately form healthy emotional and physical relationships as an adult. ABT aims to build or rebuild a trusting, supportive relationship that will help to prevent or treat anxiety or depression and centers on expressing emotions.

See Schema Therapy Institute of South Africa 

See International Society of Schema Therapy 

Recommended self help Schema Therapy resource:

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