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Interpersonal Therapy (IPT and IPT-A) is a therapy that is time limited and structured. It usually takes place over 16 weekly sessions. It deals with how psychological problems affect relationships, and how relationship issues can contribute to psychological problems. It can be particular effective in working with depression and eating disorders, and when symptoms relate to a transitional phase in life such as leaving home, having a baby, reaching the menopause etc. or an interpersonal dispute or bereavement or loss. IPT-A is a form of interpersonal therapy for Adolescent clients.
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) is an effective treatment for adults, children and adolescents who have had traumatic experiences or who are experiencing symptoms of PTSD and can also be helpful for other emotional and behavioural problems. It is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as a treatment of choice for some people who have experienced trauma. It can also be used to treat complex childhood trauma. NICE recommends up to 20 sessions of treatment, although this may be considerably shorter for one-off trauma events.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is used to treat people with a wide range of difficulties. CBT is a therapeutic approach that aims to help people to better understand the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that lead to problematic behaviour and unhappiness. CBT is particularly effective when treating phobias, anxieties and depression. It is goal focussed and action orientated involving the therapist assisting the client in developing specific strategies to address their difficulties. Typically, between 6 – 16 sessions of CBT are required over weekly sessions for improvements to be seen.
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is a more recent model of psychological functioning, and draws upon the science of human nature, evolution and attachment. It was developed to treat shame, self-loathing and self-criticism and can be useful for working with diverse conditions such as depression, anxiety, trauma and eating disorders. It draws helpfully upon models of compassion and mindfulness. The goal of CFT is to alleviate suffering by developing the clients own care-giving (compassion) system, allowing more comfortable and less harsh and judgemental processes to remain dominant.
Family and Systemic Psychotherapy enables family members, couples and others who care about each other to express and explore difficulties and reflect upon their relationships and to learn to make changes in the way they understand and relate to one another and to existing patterns of behaviours. It has been shown to be a very useful way to help children, young people and adults who are experiencing a wide range of presenting difficulties and mental health problems.
Parenting and Attachment therapies:
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) –Attachment based family therapy
Therapeutic Parenting Models (PACE, PLACE, House Model)
Circle of Security (CoS)
Mellow Parenting/Mellow Babies
Wait Watch and Wonder
Incredible Years Parenting (0-13)
Parent-infant brief psychotherapy (Under 5’s)
Other Models may also be drawn on including DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and Mindfulness Skills.