Welcome To Adapted Psychological Therapies

What Therapy Can Help With

Depression

depression-cbt-therapy-treatment-basingstoke-hampshireDepression is very common, and research shows that one in five people experiences depression at least once in their lifetime. Triggers can vary from day to day stresses, loss, or experiences of traumatic events in life. Many people experience such events; however, not everyone will experience persistent depressive symptoms. Depression persists because we become stuck in the things that maintain it, such as unhelpful ways of thinking and unhelpful behavioural responses.

Through psychological therapy we explore how our automatic reactions maintain emotional distress. The focus of therapy is on to maximise the individuals strengths and utilize them to break unhelpful patterns.

Through trauma informed approaches and trauma focused therapy we can also access those past experiences that drive the unhelpful patterns, and create new adaptive ways of relating to self and others.

Anxiety

anxiety-therapy-treatment-basingstoke-hampshireAnxiety is a normal and adaptive physiological response which prepares the body to deal with a threat. Therefore, we experience anxiety when our threat system is activated.

Even though anxiety is normal, it can often become an overwhelming and unbearable feeling. We often seek ineffective ways to avoid anxiety and we find ourselves stuck in unhelpful behavioural patterns that further maintain it. Anxiety can manifest in various ways, such as general worry, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours, health anxiety, panic, or fear of social situations.

All of those conditions share the fact that our threat system is activated. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy seeks to understand the patterns that maintain anxiety, and through various tailored interventions to break the vicious cycle and sooth the threat system.

ADHD/ADD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

Common symptoms of ADHD include:

  • short attention span or being easily distracted
  • restlessness, constant fidgeting or over-activity
  • being impulsive

ADHD can occur in people of any intellectual ability, although it is more common in people with learning difficulties. People with ADHD may also have additional problems, such as sleep and anxiety disorders.

Symptoms of ADHD tend to be first noticed at an early age, and may become more noticeable when a childs circumstances change, such as when they start school. Most cases are diagnosed in children between the ages of 6 and 12.

The symptoms of ADHD usually improve with age, but many adults who are diagnosed with the condition at a young age will continue to experience problems.

Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger’s syndrome is a form of autism and is a lifelong disability that affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information and relates to other people. Autism is often described as a spectrum disorder because the condition affects people in many different ways and to varying degrees.

Asperger’s syndrome is mostly a hidden disability. This means that you cannot tell that someone has the condition from their outward appearance. People with the condition have difficulties in three main areas:

  • social communication
  • social interaction
  • social imagination

While there are similarities with autism, people with Asperger’s syndrome have fewer problems with speaking and are often of average, or above average, intelligence. They do not usually have the accompanying learning disabilities associated with autism, but they may have specific learning difficulties. These may include dyslexia and dyspraxia or other conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and epilepsy.

Similar to our approach to the ASD, cognitive and behaviour psychotherapies, when adapted to the specific individual needs, can provide the right support and encouragement. A strengths-focused psychological therapy can empower people with Asperger’s and enable them to lead full and independent lives.

Useful Links:

The National Autistic Society

Autism Spectrum Disorders

autism-cbt-therapy-basingstoke-hampshireAutism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a life-long condition that affects the way the person views, understands and interacts with the social world. People with ASD often find it difficult to understand others intentions and feelings, as well as their own. This may leave them feeling alienated from their environment, thinking that they don’t fit in. They can often be misunderstood as being aloof or not interested in engaging with people.

People with ASD often have as much desire to engage with others as much as people without an ASD. However, the difficulty understanding others gets in the way, and often resulting in high stress and symptoms of depression. Also, people with ASD often find overwhelming to deal with change and manage transition, leaving them feeling anxious. In addition to this, the presence of sensory sensitivities may amplify the anxiety.

ASD is an extremely variable condition, and very often people who share the same diagnosis have very different difficulties. Cognitive and behaviour psychotherapies, when adapted to the specific individual needs, can be very effective in alleviating some of this distress and help the person manage their difficulties in a more adaptive and helpful way. Most importantly, therapy helps the person to view themselves in a compassionate and accepting way, thus, empowering the person to maximise their strengths and achieve their full potential.

Useful Links:

The National Autistic Society

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