Types and Processes of Therapy
Psychotherapy and coaching have two fundamental aims. The first is to assist in developing a healthy, full, and meaningful life. This is achieved through “clarifying your values” by exploring what is most valuable and important in your life and the goals you want to accomplish. Values are described as your hearts deepest desires for who you want to be and what you want to stand for. Using your values as a guide and inspiration, you can set goals and take action to change your life for the better and in the process, develop a sense of meaning, purpose and vitality.
The second aim is to help you to develop skills that will allow you to handle any situation, such as painful thoughts and feelings, far more effectively and in a way where they will have much less impact and influence over you. This set of skills is called “mindfulness”. Mindfulness is a mental state of awareness, openness and focus. By developing a state of mindfulness, painful thoughts and feelings will have much less impact in your life by allowing you to effectively handle even the most difficult feelings, urges, memories, thoughts and sensations. As you develop mindfulness you can break self-defeating habits or destructive patterns of behavior, rise beyond your fears and change your attitude in life-enhancing ways.
The most practiced model of therapy in Mindful Psychology arises from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and it is called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is a powerful psychotherapy approach recently developed through innovative research into the mechanisms of the human mind. It is clinically proven to be successful for a wide range of psychological problems. The unusual name of this therapy comes from one of its core messages: learn how to accept those things that are out of your control; and commit to taking action that improves your life. The aim is very simple: to help you create a rich, full and meaningful life while effectively handling the pain and stress that goes with it. This is a very active therapy which rather than just talking about your problems, actively encourages learning new skills that will improve and enrich the quality of your life.
Mindful Psychology Amsterdam also practices with other evidence based approaches such a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). By combining traditional methods with new developments in the field, Mindful Psychology creates a unique therapy that is specific to your individual situation and needs.
ACT is a revolutionary new development in human psychology and coaching models which currently leads the field in terms of research, application and effective results. Originally developed for treating anxiety and depression, the principles of ACT can be applied to a whole range of issues and problems that cause distress and makes us feel overwhelmed or vulnerable.
This type of therapy uses strategies of acceptance and mindfulness (living in the moment and experiencing things without judgment), along with commitment and behavioral change. ACT provides clients with new tools to cope with unwanted thoughts, feelings and sensations, along with teaching the skills to accept these experiences, place them in a different context, develop greater clarity about personal values and commit to needed behavioral change.
A well-established, highly effective therapy with lasting results. It focuses on identifying, understanding, and changing one’s thinking and behavioral patterns.
In this type of therapy you are actively involved in your own recovery. You have a sense of control and learn skills that are useful throughout life. CBT typically involves keeping records between appointments and completing homework assignments in which the treatment procedures are practiced. You learn skills during therapy sessions but you must practice daily to see improvement.
A form of CBT, Exposure and Response Therapy is a process for reducing fear and anxiety responses. In therapy, a person is gradually exposed to a feared situation or object, learning to become less sensitive over time. This type of therapy has been found to be particularly effective for obsessive-compulsive and phobias.
Combining ancient wisdom and 21st century science, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy was designed specifically as a powerful tool to prevent relapse in depression and help people after effects of trauma. It combines mindfulness techniques like meditation, breathing exercises and stretching with elements from cognitive therapy to help break the negative thought patterns, characteristic of recurrent depression.
Mindfulness is a powerful therapeutic intervention which has developed recognition through research in the past few years for therapy and coaching, covering everything from psychological issues such as work stress or depression to increasing emotional intelligence and enhancing athletic or business performance.
Mindfulness is a skill that can be learned, cultivated and practiced using specific tools and meditation techniques, some of which are over five thousand years old. These techniques have been refined and developed over time and now only require a few minutes to master. Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present moment with flexibility, openness and curiosity. It is not a thinking process but an awareness process whereby a person observes their thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judgment and without being “caught up” in them.
It can be used to ‘wake up’, reconnect with oneself, appreciate the fullness of each moment and increase life satisfaction. It gives insight into your thoughts and emotions and helps you gain clarity to make wise life choices. The benefits include improved self-knowledge, self-awareness and emotional self-regulation which enable us to develop a clear understanding about how we feel, think and react. We can use it to connect deeply and intimately with the people we care about, including ourselves, along with consciously influencing our own behavior and increasing the range of responses we may have to the world we live in.
Counselling, coaching and therapy within reach
One of the aims of Mindful Psychology is to be as flexible as possible through offering online sessions. Online services are more affordable than traditional face-to-face sessions, making counseling and coaching accessible to people living in remote areas along with providing a more confidential service for those living in small communities. For busy people, online sessions enable you to access a service at a time that is convenient to you. Online counseling and coaching options are useful for those with childcare commitments and can be very helpful for anyone with difficulty travelling to an appointment. In short, online services are flexible, easily accessible and cost-effective.
Using online services is easy. Simply follow these three steps:
- In the fees section choose the type of consultation in between all the modalities which suits your personal situation (e-mail, chat, Skype or phone call). If you have doubts about the best option, please read the different methods below or contact us for help.
- Click on “Book now” and make the payment via PayPal (with your credit or debit card, a PayPal account is not necessary) or via bank transfer (simply transfer the price of your selected consultation).
- After payment is received we will confirm by email and arrange the first appointment.
Online support and counselling can involve e- mail, chat, Skype, telephone or a combination of methods.
Skype is a free and great platform for internet counselling and therapy sessions as it combines the intimate and confidential atmosphere of the psychologists’ practice with the convenience of logging on to a video call from the comfort of your own home or any place convenient for you. All Skype sessions are encrypted to ensure privacy and allow the psychologist and the client to develop the trust necessary to discuss personal matters. Skype therapy offers the facility to communicate in real-time from anywhere in the world and provides access to clients with limited mobility and busy schedules.
This service is ideal for people who find it easier to express themselves clearly in writing and/or some who may have become temporarily isolated and are not, for the moment, at a stage where they can easily engage directly with others at an intimate level. It offers clients the comfort and anonymity of online counseling with the immediacy of face-to-face counseling in a secure and confidential manner.
The purpose of this service is to provide an opportunity for professional advice involving a specific query or problem.
The benefit of using the email service is that you are free to take your time and reflect on your own writing. Another advantage is that you are able to save your own copies of the emails.
With this method, it is important to explain and describe the reason for seeking consultation in a clear, detailed and extensive manner as it will ensure that feedback and guidance is tailored to your specific needs and requirements.