Knowing you need help can be easy, but what type of therapy might work best for you?
Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling offer a range of talking based therapies to help individuals, couples and families overcome their problems, manage life better, and get back to day-to-day functioning.
A lot of people tend to think of counselling when they hear the term ‘talking therapy’ but there are many variations of talking therapies which are used to treat different conditions, problems or issues.
We’ve broken down some of our lesser-known talking therapies below, to help you consider which might be helpful. As always, speak to your therapist about how they use these approaches, as the way different therapists apply them can also differ depending on their specialism.
Solution Focused Therapy
Solution-focused therapy at Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling looks at the differences in a person’s situation, thoughts, feelings and behaviour when the problem is and isn’t present, which helps to identify triggers, behaviours and patterns that both increase and decrease the problem.
By knowing what might be a trigger, and what’s different at times that the problem is better or worse, we work with you to manager these as part of your overall therapy plan.
One of the strengths of a solution-focused therapy approach is that we can use these insights to help you navigate triggers to your problem, and also identify what’s different when you are feeling better, so we can identify what works for you.
Solution-focused therapy has proven particularly effective for depression, anxiety, relationship problems and anger-related difficulties. It can also be a helpful adjunct to use alongside Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and when working with parents or children and families.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, that focuses on helping people to live a full and meaningful life, even when experiencing ongoing problems that might not be able to be changed (such as pain, loss and bereavement, or sudden illness).
At Newcastle Psychologist & Counselling, our team of Psychologists, Counsellors and Therapists use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help you learn the skills needed to manage difficult thoughts, feelings and physical sensations, and to minimise their impact if they can’t be changed.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy also puts emphasis on values, things that are meaningful to us and help us create a life worth living. Through encouraging flexibility in thinking and adapting to new situations, ACT can help individuals to find increased pleasure in life and overcome or adjust to difficulties.
Based around a specialist area of CBT, Psychosexual Therapy aims to help people who are having intimacy problems, either as a couple or an individual.
This therapy can involve identifying stressors or anxieties that could be impacting a person’s sex life or relationships and can help you to understand how your thoughts and worries might affect your physiology.
This can be particularly relevant when it comes to sex and is especially helpful for problems such as erectile dysfunction, difficulty with orgasm, lack of interest in sex or problems such as sex addiction.
Psychosexual Therapy uses techniques to help reduce negative thoughts about sex that can prevent intimacy. Our Specialist Psychosexual Therapist, Glenn, is able to help both men and women, whether in a relationship or individually, with their difficulty.
For Further Information
Dr Stuart Sadler
Lead Clinical Psychologist