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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is one of the few forms of psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be effective in hundreds of clinical trials for many different disorders. It is a way of talking about how you think about yourself, the world and other people and how what you do affects your thoughts and feelings. CBT can help you to change how you think (‘Cognitive’) and what you do (‘Behaviour’). These changes can help you to feel better. Unlike some of the other talking treatments, it focuses on the ‘here and now’ problems and difficulties. Instead of focusing on the causes of your distress or symptoms in the past, it looks for ways to improve your state of mind now. Patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviours.
If something traumatic has happened to you (whether it be a car accident, abuse or something seemingly less significant like being humiliated), the memory of your experience may come crashing back into your mind, forcing you to relive the original event with the same intensity of feeling – like it is taking place in the present moment. These experiences that pop into your awareness may present themselves as either flashbacks or nightmares, and are thought to occur because the mind was simply too overwhelmed during the event to process what was going on. As a result, these unprocessed memories and the accompanying sights, sounds, thoughts and feelings are stored in the brain in ‘raw’ form, where they can be accessed each time we experience something that triggers a recollection of the original event. While it isn’t possible to erase these memories, the process of Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) can alter the way these traumatic memories are stored within the brain – making them easier to manage and causing you less distress.
What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for various treatments. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. Today, the therapy is used to treat a wide range of psychological difficulties that typically originate in trauma, such as direct or indirect experiences of violence, accidents or natural disaster. EMDR therapy is also used to treat more prolonged, low-grade distress that originates in shock or loss in adult life and/or issues experienced during childhood. The experiences outlined above often lead to a post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis, for which EMDR has been recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
Goals of EMDR
The goal of EMDR therapy is to properly process these traumatic memories, reducing their impact and helping clients to develop coping mechanisms. This is done through an eight-phase approach to address the past, present, and future aspects of a stored memory, requiring clients to recall distressing events while receiving bilateral sensory input, including:
Increasingly, EMDR therapy is also being used for the treatment of other issues including:
To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages.
The Feeling-State Theory of Behavioural and Substance Addictions suggests both behavioural and substance addictions are created when intensive positive feelings become rigidly linked with specific objects or behaviour. This linkage between the feeling and behaviour is known as a ‘feeling-state’. When the feeling- state (FS) is triggered, the entire psycho-physiological pattern is activated. The activation of the pattern then triggers the out-of-control behaviour. Feeling-States derive their power from the desire to live, to survive, and to feel alive. The feelings embedded in the FS are called ‘assured-survival feelings’ (ASF). These ASF are what assure us that we will live. When a person does not experience the ASF their needs and desire for the ASF becomes more intense. At this point FS may be created.
How does FSAP work? The FSAP seeks to break the fixation between feeling and behaviour. As the fixation is the underlying cause of the addiction(s). By identifying the exact feeling and behaviour, the fixation can be processed using a modified form of the ‘EMDR protocol. Allowing the negative beliefs underling the compulsive fixation to be processed. Once the fixation is broken, there are no further cravings or urges that have to be controlled or behaviour that has to be managed. In fact, the person is able to perform the behaviour as appropriate.
What we do … 1. Identify the exact behaviour that has the most intense positive feeling. 2. Identify the exact feeling that underlies that behaviour. 3. A modified form of EMDR is utilized to break the connection between the feeling and behaviour. 4. The negative beliefs that underlie the compulsive fixation are processed.
What’s FSAP used for? 1. Behavioural Addictions examples: Gambling Compulsion, Sex addiction, Shopping compulsion, Shoplifting compulsion, Exhibitionism 2. Substance Addictions 3. Co-dependence 4. Anger
Goals of FSAP Question to abstain or not? For behavioural addictions FSAP offers a distinctive difference to other approaches in that abstinence is neither necessary nor desired. Quite the contrary, FSAP requires the feelings associated with the compulsion be experienced as intensely as possible during the therapy session. The aim of FSAP treatment is that the out-of-control behaviour is no longer out of control. In fact, the compulsive gambler can gamble, the compulsive buyer can buy, and the sex addict can have sex– without losing control. The goal of FSAP is not abstinence but to re-establish normal, healthy behaviours.
ImTT is an entirely new breakthrough therapeutic approach to resolving trauma, depression, anxiety, OCD, and anger issues. This therapy is based on an entirely new model of psychological dynamics. The protocols for processing these dynamics are gentle and effective. ImTT is uniquely different in that it takes a gentler approach to therapy. It allows a person to release associated pain, fear, guilt or shame often linked and experienced in trauma, as well as other life experiences without needing to intensely experience the feelings. To help a person resolve bad, negative and disturbing memories usually requires the person to re-experience the feelings in order to release and process the feelings. If the person is unable to experience the feelings, no release or healing will occur. The difficulty is, no one wants to re-experience their intense feelings. Often, even after a successful session, the client does not want to do it again because of the intense pain or terror that they had to feel. In addition, the person may become so flooded with feelings no processing takes place, which they experience as retraumatizing.
How ImTT works ImTT is totally unique because the person does not have to experience the intense pain, terror, guilt, *and/or shame. In fact, the person is specifically instructed to not experience the feelings. In ImTT, experiencing the feelings actually interferes with the release process. Instead, the person is instructed to view the feelings as if from a distance. Then the person is guided through the Pain/Terror Release Protocol (P/TRP) which gently and very effectively releases the feeling. After the feeling is released with the P/TRP, the vivid memory of the trauma is deconstructed using the Image De-Construction Protocol.
Goals of ImTT The result is that the person will, of course, remember the event but only as a distant memory with no power to hurt or terrorize.
Integrative therapy or integrative counselling is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Each person needs to be considered as whole and counselling techniques must be tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances. Integrative counselling maintains the idea that there are many ways in which human psychology can be explored and understood – no one theory holds the answer. All theories are considered to have value, even if their foundational principles contradict each other – hence the need to integrate them. The integrative approach also refers to the infusion of a person’s personality and needs – integrating the affective, behavioural, cognitive, and physiological systems within one person, as well as addressing social and spiritual aspects. Essentially, integrative counsellors are not only concerned with what works, but why it works – tailoring therapy to their clients and not the client to the therapy.