Tools and Techniques
Following the initial consultation, if our Teenage Emotional Stress Therapy programme is the suitable approach to support the young person, then we engage with a range of different tools and techniques to help move forward. Some of these include:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a talking therapy that can help you manage the challenges you face by changing the way you think, your behaviours and your subsequent actions. CBT cannot remove your problems; however it can help you manage them in a more positive way. Talking and changing your behaviour can change how you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour). This can make you feel in more control of the aspects of your life that may be causing long term stress or anxiety.
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Neuro-Linguistic Programming is an approach to communication, personal development, and psychotherapy first recognised in the 1970s. There is a connection between the neurological processes (“neuro”), the language we use(“linguistic”) and behavioural patterns learned through life experience (“programming”). What we experience in life impacts on our thought processes and beliefs; this in turn influences our future thoughts, actions and behaviours. For example, if you have been bitten by a dog in early life, then your thoughts may be that all dogs are dangerous and bite; your behaviour is to avoid dogs and your actions will be to recoil if “at risk”. NLP helps to break that cycle of thought process, replace the beliefs with more rational thought, and subsequently behave in a more controlled and rational manner.
A commonly used description of hypnosis could be “Hypnosis is a state of mind, enhanced by mental and physical relaxation, in which the subconscious is able to communicate with our conscious mind”. This state of mind may be brought about either by oneself unaided (self-hypnosis) or with the help of another person. The therapist will then utilise the resultant state to encourage beneficial change to occur, through the subconscious mind. The Hypnotherapy we practice is Suggestion Hypnotherapy – this involves the hypnotherapist giving a person’s subconscious mind a series of ‘suggestions’. These suggestions can help an individual to find it easier to do something they want to do (e.g. public speaking) or easier to stop doing something they don’t want to do (e.g. nail biting).
Coaching uses a range of skills eg targeted restatements, listening, questioning, clarifying; to help clients change their perspectives and consequently discover different solutions to achieving their goals. Coaching is commonly used within business and sporting environments to help people gain clarity in their life goals and explore potential solutions to achieve them.