Archive for April 2013

What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy?

DBT or dialectical behaviour therapy is a psychological therapy aimed at people suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD), in particular those clients exhibiting self-harming behaviour or expressing suicidal thoughts. People participating in a dialectical behaviour therapy group often experience a wide range of intensive and negative emotions […]

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What is the inner child and how does a person access it?

It is a well documented fact that human beings react better to visual stimuli than most other forms of demonstrating complex, abstract concepts. Using the image of an inner child helps people to put their positive and negative childhood experiences into perspective and acknowledge them as part […]

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What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Developed by Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck in the 1960s, cognitive behavioural therapy uses the premise that human beings create emotions by the thoughts that course through their minds as a starting point. A person’s emotions, moods and behaviour stem from their experiences and knowledge – in […]

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Examples for Borderline Skills and how to use them

In borderline therapy patients are given the opportunity to learn a number of skills that are designed to deal with negative belief systems and emotions. Therapy teaches clients borderline coping skills allowing them to manage their disorder effectively and finally embrace life in a positive way. Part […]

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Inner Child – Examples and Excercises for Therapy

Activities or exercises are used within the context of therapy to work with the inner child – aiming for clients to access and eventually accept their inner child. When a person’s connection with their inner child is disrupted, they no longer develop the type of self esteem […]

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What is Systemic Therapy?

Systemic family therapy has its origins in the 1950s but in present day treatment several models within the overall systemic concept exist. What unifies all of them is the importance therapists place on the understanding of psychological problems in complex social relationships such as families. Systemic therapy […]

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What is Positive Psychology?

While conventional psychology typically takes psychological deficits, conflict and psychological disorder as its starting point, positive psychology theory looks at a person’s inner strengths and aims to build on them. Contentment and feeling good about one self can be learned, according to this relatively new branch of […]

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