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  • One-to-one and group therapy

    One-to-one therapy is, most commonly, the first port of call for people seeking help with emotional difficulties. It can be either short-term or longer term; it really depends on the type of difficulty and the degree of counselling depth desired. One-to-one therapy is about you and your therapist, and many benefits can arise out of the focus on that specific relationship. Group therapy offers a different dynamic, and is more about the relationships that develop between individuals within the group, giving the mediating therapist the opportunity to observe interactions and relationships at one removed. At 96 Harley Psychotherapy, a number of therapists offer regular groups, which are usually accessed via one-to-one therapy. Please browse the our therapists pages if you are interested in accessing group work. 96 Harley Psychotherapy also hosts monthly 'aftercare' groups for people who have received treatment at Stepping Stones, an addiction treatment centre based in South Africa. For details, please visit www.steppingstones.co.za.

    Theoretical approaches

    Theoretical approaches are most often the framework in which a therapist or psychological practitioner has trained. Many individuals prefer to practise by integrating several different approaches, then adding their own personal insights to guide towards successful outcomes. The following are simple outlines of the major theoretical psychotherapeutic approaches.

    Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

    The underlying model used in CBT is that feelings affect thoughts which, in turn, affect behaviours. By identifying these three types of experiences it may be possible to change behaviour. CBT is evidence-based and, therefore, endorsed by the UK government. The number of sessions is usually relatively small – around six is the typical recommendation.

    Psychodynamic therapy

    Psychodynamic therapy begins from the premise that many of our behaviours are influenced by the unconscious mind. It aims to shine a light on the influences and pressures of the formative years and to apply what is learned to understanding present day conflicts and compulsions.

    Person-centred counselling

    Person-centred, or so-called humanistic, counselling is based on the understanding that a person has all the resources needed to grow and that by providing the ‘right’ environment, healing can happen. Most modern approaches utilise this underlying model.

    Transpersonal therapy

    Transpersonal therapy focuses on the self-transcendent or spiritual aspects of human experience. It hinges on the assumption that there is more to life than just physical form and seeks to foster awareness of a possible alternative context for difficulties that are experienced in life.

    Integrative therapy

    Integrative therapy combines the salient features of many different approaches, but usually with a baseline of psychodynamic and person-centred practices. This approach draws on the practitioner’s own unique integration of a combination of theories.

    Christian counselling

    Christian counselling is carried out by a counsellor with a Christian worldview, and aims to help people towards constructive change and growth with reference to Christian values and assumptions.

    Schema therapy

    An innovative psychotherapy based on the assumption of the existence of 'schemas', or self-defeating life patterns, which, unless recognised and challenged, repeatedly hamper healthy life progression. Schema therapy is integrative and draws on CBT, psychodrama, emotion-focused and experiential techniques.

    Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)

    MBCT is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn's mindfulness-based stress reduction programme and was developed to help people who suffer from repeated bouts of depression. It assists in enhancing self-awareness and in identifying the downward mood spirals and negative self-talk that can stand in the way of joyful living.