There are many psychological therapies available to support an individual during their recovery journey.
Clinical psychologists deal with a wide range of mental and physical health problems including addiction, anxiety, depression, learning difficulties and relationship issues.
They may undertake a clinical assessment to investigate a clients’ situation. There are a variety of methods available including psychometric tests, interviews and direct observation of behaviour.
Assessment may lead to advice, counselling or therapy.
In addition to two specialist clinical psychologists, Milestones patients may also benefit from other psychological therapies which generally fall into four categories:
Behavioural therapies: this focuses on cognitions and behaviours.
Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic therapies: these focus on the unconscious relationship patterns that evolved from childhood.
Humanistic therapies: these focus on self-development in the 'here and now'
Arts therapies: these use creative arts within the therapeutic process.
Although all can be effective, you may find one approach more appealing than another, or find that some approaches are better for a certain area of counselling or psychotherapy than others.
Counselling or psychotherapy usually overlaps some of the same techniques. Some counsellors or psychotherapists practice a form of 'integrative' therapy, which means they draw on and blend specific types of techniques. Other practitioners work in an 'eclectic' way, which means they take elements of several different models and combine them when working with clients.
There are also a number of specific other therapies can be used. Milestones provides these options to ensure a truly bespoke and needs led package.
Family Therapy, also known as Systemic Therapy, is an approach that works with families and those in close relationships, regardless of whether they are blood related or not, to foster change. Changes are viewed in terms of the systems of interaction between each person in the family.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a form of psychotherapy that was developed in the 1980s by American clinical psychologist Dr Francine Shapiro. EMDR is used to treat psychological traumas, such as war experiences, natural disasters, road accidents, rape and assault.
Integrative counselling draws on and blends specific types of therapies. This approach is not linked to one particular type of therapy as those practising integrative counselling do not believe that only one approach works for each client in all situations.
Mindfulness is a technique that originated from Buddhist meditation that helps people focus on the present to gain greater awareness of their emotions and improve general well-being. Mindfulness meditation and mindfulness-based therapies are becoming popular tools to help those with depression and anxiety.
Equine Assisted Therapy
Equine assisted therapy is a form of animal assisted therapy that uses horses to help people build confidence and develop a greater understanding of their own behaviour. Challenges are set by a therapist and normally require the individual to work with the horse in a way that challenges their way of thinking.
This type of therapy takes place with a group of people going through similar difficulties and is facilitated by one or more therapists. Group therapy can offer emotional support and help develop interpersonal skills