Methods

Practitioners at the clinic use a number of evidence-based tools and techniques to bring their clients closer to their goals.

Bach Counselling uses evidence -based methods including cognitive behavioral therapy, eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), emotionally focused therapy (EFT), dialetical behavioural therapy (DBT), psychodynamic, family systems, solution-focused therapy and mindfulness practices.

What is EFT?

Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) is a short term (8-20 sessions), structured approach to couples therapy formulated in the early 80′s by Drs. Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg. EFT is also used with families. A substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of EFT now exists. Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements. Some couples benefiting from EFT may also be dealing with depression, post-traumatic stress disorders and chronic illness.
 EFT is collaborative and respectful of clients combining experimental Rogerian techniques with structural systemic interventions. EFT has been validated by 20 years of empirical research. There is also research on the change processes and predictors of success.
For further information visit The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).

What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a system of therapy originally designed by Marsha M. Lindehan, a psychology researcher at the University of Washington, designed to treat people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). DBT is a combination of standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotional regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance and acceptance. It uses mindful awareness techniques largely derived from Buddhist meditative practice. Research has indicated that DBT is also effective in treating patience who present varied symptoms and behaviors associated with spectrum mood disorders including self-injury.

What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy emphasizes thinking in how we feel about what we do. In short, our thoughts play a key role in influencing what we feel and do. CBT is considered to be a shorter term, and therefore more cost-effective therapy that has been well supported in the research. CBT views the therapist in a collaborative role assisting the client to think differently. It helps clients to unlearn their distressing negative reactions and educates clients to healthier thought processes and actions. It incorporates homework to further facilitate the rate of change. CBT is solution focused and directive in nature, actively working toward the client’s goals. Visit the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists.

What is EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment that was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories (Shapiro, 1989a, 1989b). EMDR is a transformative process that brings old negative and distressing memories to neutral ground. After successful treatment with EMDR, affective distress and symptoms are relieved, and negative beliefs are reformulated. After 16 published studies, EMDR is in the “A” category for treatment of trauma. It is now considered a mainstream method of treatment, critical in working with clients experiencing post trauma.
For further information visit  the EMDR Institute online.

What is Bowen Family Systems?

Bowen Family Systems theory is a theory of human behavior that views the family as an emotional system where members are emotionally interdependent. Therefore the functioning of one member cannot be fully understood without the context of the people with which they are closely involved. A change in one person’s functioning is predictably followed by reciprocal changes in the functioning of others. Heightened tension can intensify the processes that promote unity and teamwork that may lead to problems. Part of the goal of family systems therapy is to achieve healthy, balanced relationships within the family. It also considers familial patterns in a historical context. The connectedness, and reactivity make the functioning of family members interdependent, and Bowen Family Systems incorporates this depth into the work of personal change.
 For further information visit the Bowen Family Systems website.