Cognitive behavioural therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a widely used therapy. It is a combination of two forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy and behavioural therapy. Cognitive behavioural therapy addresses the behaviour and the negative thoughts that perpetuate the problems. CBT is effective for several symptoms e.g. anxiety, depression and burnout. The effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy has been proven by scientific research. Treatments are symptom- or problem-oriented and generally short.
For the therapy to be successful, it is important that you fully trust your therapist. In cognitive behavioural therapy it is an open and equal relationship. The therapist works closely with you to achieve improvement in your symptoms. The therapist will try to be as direct and as concrete as possible to help you to conquer your problem. Do you want to know more? Check out the Association’s website for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy.
Solution-Focused therapy is a form of short-term psychotherapy that does not deal with behaviour problems or complaints in the past or present, but focuses on desirable behaviour in the future and how to achieve this goal step by step.
EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) is a proven effective therapy that can be applied in the processing of bad and traumatising experiences.
How does EMDR work?
The therapist asks you to think back to the incident including the associated images, thoughts and feelings. First, this is done to gather more information about the traumatic experience. Then the process is started. The therapist will ask you to remember and visualise the incident. But now, this is done in combination with a distracting stimulus. The EMDR procedure usually stimulates a stream of thoughts and image but sometimes also feelings and physical sensations. Often there will be immediate changes. The client is asked to focus on the most obvious change after each set of eye movements. Then a new set will follow.
Gradually the memory will lose its strength and emotional charge. It will become increasingly easier to think about the original event without the original negative emotions. Another possibility is that spontaneous thoughts or new insights will arise that give a different, less threatening meaning to the incident. These effects contribute to make this shocking incident part of the normal history of the person.
In our practice, we cannot offer full schema therapy treatment. Schema therapy is originally a longer-term therapy, varying from a few months (group or individual) therapy to a few years. In our practice we can offer a maximum of 11 (reimbursed) individual sessions. This can be sufficient for minor problems, for moderate / serious problems this can be a pleasant introduction to schema therapy, after which if necessary and / or desired can be referred.
Schema Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that helps to understand the origin of behaviour patterns and changes. The influence of one’s childhood experiences on the patterns and daily life is examined. You will learn to change your self-image, so that you will feel better and will take better care and stand up for yourself. You will learn to feel your needs and how to stand up for these needs in a healthier way. This not only changes your behaviour but also your thoughts and feelings.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy assumes that much suffering is caused by people trying to get rid of their suffering the wrong way. Attempts to solve inner pain, can increase the suffering. ACT encourages people to let go off fruitless solutions.
With ACT, the goal is to become psychologically flexible and therewith to lead a rich and meaningful life. The following three things are essential: Accept, Choose and Take action. Learning to accept that negative feelings and thoughts are part of life, choosing which values are important to you, and taking action to live by your values.
Accepting inner pain does not mean that you undergo the pain on a passive and paralyzed way. Instead, you will actively experience the negative feeling. The result is that the inner pain will not dominate unnecessarily. This element of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is similar to mindfulness.
Mindfulness, or attention training, is the opposite of living on the automatic pilot. You will get closer to your feelings, without judgment or complying to it directly. You will accept the situation as it is and create space to look at problems from a different angle. By training this process, you live more intensively and you will find it easier to relax.
Mindfulness is especially good for people who continue to worry about the past or about the future. People can be so engrossed in their past or future that they ‘forget’ to live in the ‘here and now’. Mindfulness is trying to change this. Research has shown that mindfulness can reduce the risk of relapse in depression. Also it can make fears more manageable.
Treatment of your complaints is possible by video-call if you do not have the oppertunity to visit the practice or if you prefer the digital communication.
Praktijk voor Psychologie uses internet therapy. Internet therapy is always part of a regular (face to face) treatment. Internet therapy offers you as an extra that you can perform elements of a regular treatment at your own pace at home and read things back or carry out assignments. With this you keep control on your therapy yourself.
For more information and to give you an insight into what internet therapy entails, please refer to https://www.therapieland.nl/programma/
The time that the psychologist spends on internet therapy for reimbursed care is included in the care product and added to the number of minutes that it stands for. In the event of unpaid care, you will receive a bill proportional to the time spent in proportion to the hourly rate.
New in our practice is Virtual Reality. From more and more researches turns out that VR is a effective methode to realise behaviour changes. Virtual Reality makes it possible to practice with (fear) challenges and skills. Virtual Reality is a way to expose yourself to your fears in a safe surrounding. By using Virtual Reality, it will make your way to expose yourself in the real world easier.
VR will be used as part of a treatment product. After practice in therapy there is the opportunity to practice independently at home. VR treatment will cost extra because the programm has to be purchased. You can borrow the VR glasses from us.