Other approaches have started to become popular and whilst they each have different benefits it is key to remember that they should be used in conjunction with psychotherapy, it is wholly unadvised to see anyone who practises these techniques without a qualification. For example I saw someone once who was only qualified in CBT, we spent an hour and a half drawing diagrams of my anxiety but didn’t actually get to the root of why I was anxious…. Bye bye £150!
- Talking based therapy, working with a professional and talking through problems, can be an ongoing journey.
My thoughts: It’s great if you like talking and talking and talking. But if you want to leave each session as if you have achieved something, this one isn’t it. I found I would bring lots of deep stuff up and then they would say ‘ok great that’s the end of the session’. I would leave with all this shit on my mind and with no techniques to control the thoughts.
- A method of influencing brain behaviour through the use of language and other types of communication to enable a person to ‘recode’ the way their brain responds to stimuli and learn new & better behaviours. In essence whether you have a bad habit/feelings you can work to change that with positive reinforcement either from set words or even signs. EG- To stop smoking, in NLP they will often suggest envisaging a red STOP sign, and every time you go to pick up that cig the sign should come into your mind.
My thoughts: Perhaps more for those with logical minds, I found it too black & white, no grey area and certainly no delving into any emotional area. I’ve heard it’s good when used in business, just less so when you’re in one big mental turmoil.
CBT: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Works to solve current problems and change unhelpful thinking & behaviour. It’s problem focused and then action orientated, so they find the problem then come up with strategies to address them.
My thoughts: Well you read the intro, I may have had a bad experience. But really I felt it lacked all form of feeling, I’m not really keen on drawing circles of my anxiety, I’d prefer to talk about it and find out how I manage to reduce myself to a shivering wreck and then solve it. I can’t quite see how you can solve something before you’ve understood what it is in the first place…
- Involves the induction of a trance-like condition, but when in it, you are actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating on hypnotist’s voice. The conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is revealed. Therefore the therapist is able to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptions which become firmly planted.
My thoughts: I’ve had hypno a few times with a few different people. It’s not a bad experience to be fair, I found it intriguing! However Was I Awake?? No seriously, Im sure I fell asleep in that session (happened every time). Their response was how fantastic it was that I was able to go into such a ‘deep’ state, hmmmm, maybe I did and in which case that sketches me out because lord knows what they could have convinced me to do. OR really I just fell asleep and what an expensive nap that was.
EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing
- An 8 phase approach where you recall a distressing image/time in your life by opening your unconscious through eye movement. You will then learn to reprocess that disturbing time and develop adaptive coping mechanisms.
- Often within EMDR to make sure you can cope between each session a tapping method will be used to work on projecting positive mantras. There are certain points on your body (similar to acupuncture if you will) where you or your therapist will tap to allow positive vibes to replace negative.
My thoughts: This has by far been the best therapy. Not only do you talk about your issues but you then work on them. I have always left the sessions feeling positive and like I am actually making progress. It helps get to places you definitely can’t get to by yourself, and it also teaches you coping mechanisms. If im ever feeling anxious etc I do some tapping on myself and it works a treat. For me, this is the one everyone should have in their lives.