Individual therapy at Harley Street Psychology is founded on three models of therapy: Existential/Phenomenological Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or better known as CBT, and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT).
The reason why these approaches have been chosen as the core foundation of Harley Street Psychology in providing Individual therapy in London is because of the unique and complimentary fit that the approaches have with each other and equally the successful track record that each approach has individually.
Finding Individual Therapy in London can be a daunting process as there are a number of very good therapists out there who offer outstanding services—however how do you choose the right Individual Therapy for you?
You need to ask yourself what kind of approach would be best suitable for you, from the point of view that Individual Therapy works on a one-to-one basis with you and a therapist. The key too much success in individual therapy is allowing oneself to learn to be truly intimate with the information that is revealed not only with yourself in a session but also in the disclosure to your therapist. Many of us are terrified of experiencing truly intimate relationships with others and withhold much information and most of the time who we truly are… so in relationships we hide ourselves from people that are supposed to mean something to us.
This is not the case in individual therapy, in that; the key is creating a new type of relationship with yourself, your environment and with others (and in this case, your therapist). We often fail to remember that life is all about relating and how we choose to relate in various contexts. This becomes almost automatic for us, where we change unconsciously in the various contexts and interactions we might have day to day.
This is not the case with individual therapy—you will become very conscious of “how you are” with another human being and understand the dynamics involved in creating a non-judgmental and truly caring relationship that is solely for your benefit and no one else in the immediacy of the therapy room.
A common problem that arises in individual therapy is the “selfish” question… is it not selfish of me if I indulge in therapy? I can’t tell you how many times this question has come up in a session, and the ultimate understanding is that this life is about you and how you choose to live it, so an hour a week is far from selfish in any way. What is essential to the process of individual therapy is that you are authentic enough with yourself and your therapist in understanding the full range of emotions, traps, snags and dilemmas you may face.
By doing so, individual therapy provides you with a platform to challenge any difficulty and learn how you function in relation to any of these problems without feeling as though you have no alternate method of coping.
CBT or cognitive behaviour therapy in London continues to be one of the most effective approaches available in the therapeutic arena when dealing with issues around stagnant thinking patterns and behaviours that are in no way beneficial to your day to day functioning. The process of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy focuses on assisting the individual, group or family in understanding their thinking patterns which keep them stuck in their struggle. It assists the individual in finding alternate modes of thinking to replace previous ones so that they may live a richer and more fulfilled life.
The type of Cognitive behaviour therapy in London offed by the practitioners at Harley Street Psychology follows a unique structure of assisting the individual in reconditioning their thinking patterns into ones that are not only effective, but essentially move away from the stagnation previously experienced towards the creation of new modes of living and finding meaning in their day to day lives.
The intention is not simply to change the manner in which a person thinks and behaves but to provide a bespoke therapeutic endeavour which focuses on tailoring a programme that is unique and comprehensive for the individual that takes part in the cognitive behaviour therapy programme in London. This is essential when embarking on any Cognitive Behaviour Therapy programme!
Although your behaviours and thinking are challenged in CBT, what we do at Harley Street Psychology is focus on creating a sound therapeutic relationship initially where all your barriers are broken down and you can learn to be as transparent and authentic not only with yourself, but also with another human being. What this does is break the common pattern of thinking “I am not good enough”, the constant fear of being judged, actual fear itself and any other repetitive and very critical ways that we can be with ourselves. Essential to the type of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy we offer is moving you away from depressed feelings which are associated with you living too much of your life in the past, and keeping you from living too much in the future where there is a greater chance of experiencing varied bouts of anxiety—instead a primary purpose is to learn how to be mindful in living in the here and now and learn how to appreciate that this is where life is happening.
As you can see at Harley Street Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in London takes a completely different stance in just simply tackling your thinking and behaviour. It is a dedicated and focused programme that requires constant contact and engagement from you where you eventually reach a point of becoming your own therapist-one in which knows how to address any future difficulty you may encounter. We have tailored the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy programme in such a manner that when you engage completely in what we require you to do, you will experience much difference in how your life once was.
Mindfulness practice first arose in Buddhist culture. Tibetan Buddhists saw this as a process which was to be utilised in daily living to still the mind so that the individual practitioner could live in the present moment in their entirety and reap all the benefits for a healthy mind and body. The process of mindfulness means being completely present in one’s body and mind, and in the moment on a daily basis. Being present contrasts our day to day experience of being distracted and engrossed on the future, the past or any day to day disturbance that we may centre on.
An unassuming question to ask yourself when doing daily tasks is: am I completely present with the task at hand… In my body and in my mind.
Take eating as a simple example. When was the last time you spent the entire time eating (even a sandwich) being completely present with the task at hand? So present in fact that the experience became so exhilarating that nothing else mattered in the world other than the process you were engaged with… namely eating mindfully.
This is just one illustration of how distracted we can become with life. How disconnected we are with our inner functioning especially on an emotional level. How disjointed and unnatural our thinking and feelings are, and how often we are caught up in the mix of everything and don’t know how to regain a sense of control.
Mindfulness practice is a process that need only take 10 minutes a day to assist in feeling connected with the present moment, becoming aware of thoughts and feelings but not necessarily being distracted or deeply impacted by either to assist you in achieving a life that is invigorated and fuelled with meaning the way it should be.
The experiential change through mindfulness group run by Harley Street Psychology LTD hosts a variety of diverse groups and workshops focused around the benefits of mindfulness based practice. One of which is the weekly mindfulness and meditation session which assists individuals in focusing their thoughts and feelings and learning to work with their body to master acceptance of one’s thoughts and emotions so that a very unique and unadulterated state of consciousness can be reached. This state I name nothingness, in which the individual practitioner reaches a heightened state of awareness in which they are able to be unperturbed by thoughts or emotions because they feel more able to observe and notice their thinking and feeling without needing to engage and react.
The intention of this mindfulness group is to realign a common mind body split that occurs in all of us, where we feel detached from the happenings in our bodies and thinking. The mindfulness techniques have constant success with sufferers of depression, anxiety, OCD, varied personality disorders and severe stress related conditions.
Each week is focused on providing new and enriching techniques that can be applied to a busy life and while being practiced during the two hour session, you will be guided to a point of inner tranquillity and learn methods that have been tried and tested worldwide. These techniques can be adapted to your busy life and become part of how you live your life in reaching inner peace and feeling more connected to the world in which you live.
If you’d like to know more, please feel free to join the group forum at http://www.meetup.com/Experiential-Change-Through-Mindfulness/