Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a form of treatment for mental health problems where a psychologist guides a person to learn more about his condition, sets a plan and imparts appropriate coping strategies and intervention techniques.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a goal-oriented approach that focuses on thinking patterns and behaviour. The premise of CBT is that our thoughts about a situation affect how we feel (emotionally and physically) and how we behave in that situation. It is not the situation itself which necessarily causes the distress, but the way in which we interpret (think about) it. By learning to challenge and modify the unhelpful thoughts and also adopt better behavioural habits, we can learn to change how we feel about certain situations.

Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) focuses on solutions, rather than the problem. Even the most chronic problems have moments when the difficulties do not occur or are less intense. By talking about these times, people will realise that they do many positive things that they are not always aware of. Because these solutions are already within the person, repeating these successful behaviours are easier than learning new solutions that may have worked for someone else. Therapy leverages on coping strategies, finding exceptions, and discussing preferred futures.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a strengths-based approach which focuses on change. It works to enhance importance to change, building individuals confidence through the process. This approach views resistance as ambivalence, recognising that there are always two sides to a coin. Therapy guides people to use change talk when speaking about a problem, and emphasises the need to build on positive, incremental steps in achieving goals.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) believes that it is our psychological inflexibility that causes distress, making us avoid stressful situations, which distances us further from our core values. ACT focuses on practising Acceptance through Mindfulness, as well as building Values through daily Committed Actions. The premise of ACT is that we must learn to accept what we are faced with, no matter how challenging it may seem. And once we can do that, we will be able to make genuine change.

At MWM, we regularly guide people with Anxiety Disorders, Major Depressive Disorder (Depression), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Addictive Disorders, among others.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) focuses on improving communication patterns and how people relate to others. It’s premise is that our difficulties are primarily relational, and strengthening relationships is essential in the recovery process. It relies on identifying and expression emotions in healthy ways, and deals with current relationship issues by resolving issues in past relationships, focusing on life roles, life stage transitions, and other attachment issues

Schema work is an integrative approach focusing on people with deeper-rooted issues in their thought processes and behavioural coping strategies. These long-standing patterns, known as Schemas, are identified and experienced so that people can spot them in their daily lives. Therapy strives to replace negative and habitual thoughts and behaviours with healthy and useful options.

Conditions Treated

At MWM, we regularly guide people with Anxiety Disorders, Major Depressive Disorder (Depression), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Addictive Disorders, among others.

Feeling anxious is a common emotion. Anxiety becomes a disorder when fear and anxiety from daily events cause us to be unable to operate normally. This can manifest in cognitive symptoms such as having difficulty focusing and feelings of panic and uneasiness, and also physiological symptoms such as shortness of breath, muscular tension, and even nausea. Anxiety is not uncommon among stressed individuals, given the demanding environment of work and home, and as such is very treatable.

While it is common to encounter low moods from daily events, Depression is a period of continuous negativity, typically characterized by a lack of motivation to participate in activities that were previously enjoyable. Symptoms include loss of appetite, sleep deprivation, feelings of helplessness and fatigue. It is hard to identify depression sometimes, especially when individuals attempt to normalise their behavior. There is no shame from having depression and if you are unsure whether you are depressed, it always is better to check.

OCD is a type of anxiety disorder characterised by uncontrollable fears and obsessive thoughts, which leads to repetitive compulsions in an attempt to ease those fears. Symptoms of OCD include intrusive thoughts on specific fears, for example an obsession with hygiene or fear of Contamination leads to the compulsion of excessive checking and cleaning. With Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other methods, OCD is easily treatable and anyone who suffers from it can lead a normal life.

Addictive Disorders could involve the abuse of substances or other behaviours. People with addictive disorders may find it increasingly difficult to maintain relationships, find motivation for recreational activities, and experience physiological problems caused by their addiction. Furthermore, addictive disorders affect not only the individual but others, such as in families where members are often codependent on each other. When withdrawal from their addiction occurs, the person’s mood can become unstable and possibly be the cause of other disorders. Addictive disorders are believed to be caused by various factors such as genetic vulnerability, environmental stressors, social pressures, individual personality characteristics and psychiatric problems.

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