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July, 2015

WHO IS BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY FOR?

Behavioural therapy Behavioural therapy suggests that apparent behaviour has been learnt. Behavioural therapy aims to identify and directly change unwanted behaviours. Or, alternatively, unwanted behaviours are ignored whilst more positive socially valued behaviours are rewarded. Less attention is paid to what has actually caused these unwanted behaviours. This kind of therapy can be used with […]

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WHAT HAPPENS IN COUNSELLING?

WHAT HAPPENS IN COUNSELLING? Listening to the person talking is important because the main purpose is to help the client understand him or herself more clearly. By thinking aloud the person can become aware of links between aspects of feelings and behaviour that previously have been unrecognized. The counsellor explains the rationale and that has […]

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who is psychodynamic psychotherapy for?

who is psychodynamic psychotherapy for?People with anxiety or relationship problems might benefit from psychodynamic psychotherapy. To undergo therapy they must be able to tolerate anxiety during the therapeutic process and not act out their anxiety by resorting to behaviours such as self-harming or alcohol abuse. The counsellor tries to help the person to overcome emotional […]

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what happens in psychodynamic psychotherapy

WHAT HAPPENS IN PSYCHODYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY? The psychotherapist adopts a listening stance and allows the person to talk about what they want. The focus is on the person’s conscious and unconscious assumptions about relationships and how these are played out with the therapist during the therapy session. Thus past experiences resurface and can be thought about […]

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psychodynamic psychotherapy research

psychodynamic psychotherapy research The theory behind this approach has been around for a long time. It has been adapted for those with intellectual disabilities and mental health problems over the last 20 years. It involves talking to a qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist who in turn will help the person to understand their feelings. From Mental health […]

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who is cognitive behavioural therapy for?

who is cognitive behavioural therapy for This kind of therapy has helped many people with mild to moderate depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, bulimia, phobias and panic disorders. It is also used in schizophrenia, as most people still experience psychotic symptoms (e.g. voices), though less frequently and intensely when they are on medication. It is […]

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what happens in cognitive behavioural therapy?

WHAT HAPPENS IN COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY? During the sessions the therapist will help the person to identify negative or irrational thoughts or thinking patterns (cognitive) and unhelpful patterns of acting (behavioural). For example the irrational fears of a person who suffers from agoraphobia (fear of open spaces) might cause them to stay at home all […]

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cognitive behavioral therapy definition

cognitive behavioral therapy definition Cognitive behavioural therapy (also known as CBT) is based on the idea that a person’s beliefs about what they do, and their reasons for doing them, are as important as what they actually do. In other words a person’s thinking, assumptions and beliefs about the world are as important as his […]

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psychological interventions in therapy

Psychological interventions help people to deal with their feelings. They help people with mental, emotional and behavioural problems. Often when someone talks about being ‘in therapy’ or ‘having psychotherapy’, these are the types of therapies that they mean. There are many different types of psychological interventions. You might wish to know more about what is […]

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Biological interventions for dementia

Biological interventions for dementia In dementia there is progressive loss of brain cells. This process is currently irreversible. However, there are medicines that can slow the process. Vitamin E, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), non-steroid anti-inflammatory medication and a low dose of aspirin may all help to slow down dementia. Cholinesterase inhibitors (brand names: Aricept, Exelon […]

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