Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Integrative Counselling in Chislehurst and Bromley
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Life Skills
- Early Childhood Experiences, including Our Level of Attachment to Our Parents
- Current Relationships
- Unconscious Behaviours and Defence Mechanisms
Solution-Focused Behavioural Therapy (SFBT)
Goal setting is at the foundation of SFBT; one of the first steps is to identify and clarify your goals. I will begin by questioning what you hope to get out of therapy and how, specifically, your life would change when steps were taken to resolve problems. By answering these types of questions, you can begin to identify solutions and come up with a plan for change.
One of the key questions therapists ask is called the miracle question: “If a miracle occurred while you were asleep tonight, what changes would you notice in your life tomorrow?” This opens your mind to creative thinking and, again, to setting goals and developing a clear plan that will lead to life-changing solutions.
In the practice of mindfulness, we bring attention to our experience in the present moment. We let go of our regrets and rumination about the past, or our worries about the future and return our attention to what is happening right now.
We start by focusing on the sounds in the room, the sensations of the breath, or the feeling of sitting in a chair with our feet touching the floor. As we develop this skill of being open to and accepting of whatever is emerging, we become more present in our experience and that of others. As we become less distracted and preoccupied with our own concerns, we can listen more fully.