My method is eclectic. Imagine this- I’ve a makeup box of brushes, potions and powders, or a toolbox of powertools, screwdrivers and hammers. I select the best ones for you. Here’s the types of therapy I use, in plain English:–

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Self-awareness: Learn how your perceptions affect your feelings, actions and body. And how they all form a vicious or virtuous cycle.
  • Deal with conflicting thoughts and feelings: We tease out the different things your emotional and logical sides want. So they end their war and befriend each other.
  • Know yourself deeply: Did you know your belief system (blueprints/limiting beliefs) directs the way you see the world? We’ll uncover that for lasting success.
  • Used in: Assessment, formulation and treatment. 

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

  • What? Marries CBT and Eastern mindfulness
  • Becoming present: Stop being lost in the infinite mindscape of the past (depression) and present (anxiety).
  • Self-awareness: Knowing the nature of your mind and thoughts
  • Calm: Sitting in the eye of the tornado of the mind, and learning to calm the storm.
  • Used in: Goal-setting, treatment

 Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT)

  • Self-awareness: Learn about what makes you motivated, threatened and soothed. And how these three systems have affected human beings.
  • Stop bullying yourself: The inner child and adult respect- not suppress- each other.
  • Working with self-criticism, shame and perfectionism: We bully ourselves. We  expect perfection, and can’t tolerate signs of being human (like feeling emotions). So, we learn to love ourselves and be kind.
  • Used in: Assessment, formulation, treatment, goal-setting

 Narrative Therapy (NT)

  • What? We are Homo fabula. We tell stories, remember stories, and forget facts.
  • Self-awareness: Unearth the stories you tell about yourself and the world.
  • Get unstuck: Disprove the stories that hold you back.
  • Go forward: Weave new stories that will propel you forward.
  • Used in: Assessment, formulation, treatment

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

  • What? We up your motivation to change your behaviours.
  • Harness your resistance like an arrow: Dig deep into it, use it to fuel progress. Because an arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards.
  • Used in: Assessment, treatment, formulation

Solution-focused Therapy (SFT)

  • Visualise your future? Tap into the life you really desire, on your terms.
  • Use your strengths and resources creatively: Solve your problems, achieve your goals.
  • Used in: Goal-setting, treatment

Psychodynamic Therapy

  • What? Shines a flashlight on the processes running your belief system.
  • Self-awareness: Insight into how your unconsciousness affects your behaviour
  • Clarity: Learn how your past relationships influence your present
  • Used in: Assessment, formulation, treatment

This piece is about the types of therapy I use, and how I see them. It is part of a series “What is Psychotherapy?” written and curated for you. Too many people have asked the same questions, and told me how not knowing stopped them from seeking professional help. I hope this helps you. And, do you have a question about what is psychotherapy or any of these types of therapy? Leave a comment or Pop me a mail. I read every email.

Author Perpetua Neo

I’ve been helping people solve problems, reach goals and create change for the past 13 years. Along the way, I’ve moved across continents and picked up the credentials to specialise in mental health and wellbeing. And learned from Life what it means to be human- the laughter, tears and everything in-between. But really, I want to live in a world where people sleep peacefully at night, wake up looking forward to the day, and are kind to each other. In that world, we know that we’re worthy. And whatever life throws at us, we know can handle.

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