Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is the most widely researched approach to therapy and has been shown to be effective with a wide range of issues. The therapist will focus on how your experiences influence your belief system and how this then impacts your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours in response to situations that arise.
CBT is a short-term approach in which you and the therapist will work collaboratively to establish goals and a plan for treatment. You will be taught to identify thought patterns that are problematic and to develop tools to change these to be more adaptive, thereby improving your quality of life.
Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) is a brief approach to therapy that is goal oriented and will focus on using your existing strengths, supports, and resources to facilitate change. The emphasis will be on finding solutions and on assisting you in thinking differently about the presenting problem.
The therapist will guide you in discovering solutions and in looking towards a preferred future in which the problem is no longer an issue.
In person-centred therapy, the therapist will focus on your understanding of the situation rather than on unconscious motivations or someone else’s interpretation. The therapist will take a warm, genuine, and understanding approach, putting a priority on the quality of the therapeutic relationship.
Person-centred therapy puts you at the centre of therapy, since you are the expert of your own circumstances and perceptions. The goal is for you to experience growth and healing in a non-judgmental, empathetic, and safe setting.