The Professional Therapist

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Edition 4 2014

This edition focuses on the challenges of getting older, with a specific focus on two growing populations: the depressed elderly and the older folk among us who are in chronic pain.


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Edition 3 2014

Emotionally Focused Therapy is a short-term (8-20 sessions) structured psychotherapy approach to working with individuals, couples, and - more recently - families. In this edition we cover the basics of EFT and also briefly discuss attachment theory, on which EFT is partially based.


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Edition 2 2014

How do you choose? Do you choose? How free are you to choose? What does your life situation say about what you have already chosen? "Will" is the name for the controlling and directing functions of the personal self. In this edition we define and describe will, and explore the therapeutic applications of this central concept in the psychology of Psychosynthesis.


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Edition 1 2014

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, or DBT, was developed in 1993 by U.S. psychologist Marsha Linehan for use specifically with clients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), who cope with distressing emotions and situations by using self-destructive behaviours such as suicide and self-harm, eating disorders, and substance abuse.


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Edition 4 2013

Fostering resilience - the great art of helping others to bounce back - is the foundation of what we do as mental health professionals. But just how, exactly, do you do it? What tools or techniques have you got in your bag of tricks to foster resilience at the very practical level of in-session work?


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Edition 3 2013

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a form of clinical behavioural analysis developed in 1986 by psychologists Steven Hayes, Kelly Wilson, and Kirk Strosahl. Originally called comprehensive distancing, it gets its current name from one of its core messages: the injunction to accept what is out of one's personal control and commit to action that improves and enriches one's life.


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