Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT, said as a word rather than A.C.T.) teaches mindfulness skills to build psychological flexibility. ACT is particularly helpful for those who feel that they are stuck in a rut, yet want to create a life worth living. ACT groups are interactive and typically involve assessing current patterns and strategies in terms of workability i.e. do these strategies create a rich, full and meaningful life in the long-term? There is a strong emphasis on finding what truly matters to us and then aligning our life to more closely acknowledge this, rather than our life being dictated by our unwanted internal experiences.
Addiction Therapy is an essential part of addiction treatment for many people. Individual, group and family meeting may form part of your treatment plan. Pending on results of assessment some people may require a period of detoxification therefore requiring admission and completing a full programme as a resident. Others may attend a day programme and others may avail of individual therapy sessions in the Dean Clinics as an out-patient.
Working with a therapist is one of the most effective treatments for managing addictions, and there are many types of therapy suited to addressing behaviours that a person may want to change.
Mention Dual Diagnosis here? Dual diagnosis means the presence of both a Mental health disorder and an addiction, both need to be treated concurrently for best recovery outcomes. A full and varied programme alongside individual therapy sessions plus family meetings are part of the treatment plan. Individual sessions can also be facilitated in the Dean Clinic on an out-patient basis.
Evidence to support that “if both the addiction and the underlying psychological problem are treated, the prognosis for recovery is very good”.
See also our Addicitions Service.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Compassion Focused Therapy
Compassion-focused therapy is based on the principle that our human brains have evolved in such a way that we are very sensitive to threat in all of its formats. As a consequence, anger, anxiety, fear and depression are often natural consequences that are “not our fault”. More details.
Art therapy involves the planned and creative use of art to accomplish individualised clinical goals within a therapeutic relationship with an art therapist. Art therapy is also known as art psychotherapy, as its practice is firmly rooted in psychotherapy. Art therapy is an allied health profession distinct from art classes, art as recreation or arts in health practices.
Sometimes words fail to adequately express and conceptualise our experiences. Through talking with the therapist, making art and viewing it together, there is an opportunity to explore complex issues. Art therapy can be helpful in overcoming communication problems and accessing a range of difficult issues.
The therapist holds a safe, confidential setting, and works in a non-judgemental way. Art therapy sessions are generally non-directive and service user-led, though therapists may offer themes or directives towards planned clinical goals.
Art therapy can be delivered as an individual therapy, as a group therapy or an open studio approach where the art therapist works with individuals in a group rather than the group process. Individuals accessing art therapy do not need experience of art making.