Which Therapy Should I Choose?
Find Out Which Therapy Is Best for Your Problem
We are often asked by clients which therapy would be best for their specific problem, and although one might think that this is an easy question to answer, in fact there are numerous factors to take into consideration when trying to come up with a definitive answer.
The reality is that what is effective for one person may not be effective for another, and this is because therapy, in itself, does not bring about a change in a person, the person brings about a change in themselves THROUGH a particular form of therapy.
Each form of ‘intervention’ works on a different ‘part’ of the person’s ‘perceptual modelling’ and in most cases this can be determined by how comfortable the person feels with the process.
A great deal of the psychotherapy research literature supports the idea that, to all intents and purposes, ALL therapies are effective and rather than specific factors or types of therapy being better than another, that all therapies have common factors that mean they work in the same way.
In fact, as you will see in the following video, most academic psychologists regad the quality of the therapy relationship as THE key ingredient within the therapeutic setting.
Why not watch this video from the Open University to get an informed view…..
Transformational versus Incremental Change
Ultimately the choice of which therapy you should follow amounts to one of personal preference. Psychodynamic approaches tend to take longer, but do not involve doing lots of ‘homework’ or any ‘exposure’ work.
Transformational change is what happens when the ’cause’ of any particular psychological symptom is ‘uncovered’ or ‘re-processed’ in such a way that the symptom no longer serves any useful purpose.
This type of change occurs at the emotional level through a process called ‘memory re-consolidation’ and effectively ‘re-writes’ the unhelpful emotional learning that produces the pathological symptom.
The types of therapy we use at TranceForm to bring about a transformational change include ‘Psychoanalysis‘, a psycho-dynamic therapy that helps a person to explore these deeply embedded ’emotional learnings’ and in doing so, to replace them with newer and more balanced learnings gained throughout the life course to date.
Many of our therapies may also use elements of ‘attachment’ based theory which seeks to help clients identify and then change attachment patterns that developed during earlier childhood.
Transformation change, once effected, is permanent and total.
Incremental changes are ‘step improvements’ brought about by the development of improved management of thinking (cognition) and therefore of the behavioural responses brought about that those ‘improved’ thoughts.
This is the central tenet of the ‘cognitive’ therapies which are available in two forms here at our clinic. Our cognitive therapies include either the Tranceformental CBT programme or the Changing Limiting Beliefs course.
Technically, the incremental changes affected by cognitive therapies are not ‘permanent’ or ‘transformational’ (although they can become ‘normalised’ with deliberative practice)but for many people still represent a significant improvement that is more than acceptable.
An advantage of incremental change is that it does not require the detailed examination of emotional experiences from the person’s past and focuses almost exclusively on the thoughts and feelings that are experienced in the ‘present context’.
Many people find this approach much more ‘comfortable’ and manageable to deal with.
FREE Initial Consultations
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about which therapy might be best for you. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & counselling should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
For most mental health issues we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme (an advanced version of empirically established Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.
CBT is a proven, evidence-based form of therapy for developing a fundamental level of understanding into the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.
Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.
Visit Online Counselling for more details.