Positive psychology is a relatively new perspective in psychology, which shifts the focus from treating suffering and disorder to that of endorsing health and happiness. Positive Psychology Interventions (PPIs) are activities that promote positive thoughts, feelings and behaviours, which in turn enhance well being.
Play therapy involves the use of toys, dolls, blocks, sand, puppets, drawings and games to help recognise and verbalise the child’s feelings. Through a combination of talk and play, the therapist is able to better understand the child’s problems, and the child is able to better understand their conflicts, feelings and behaviours.
Mindfulness-based therapy (MBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that incorporates the use of meditative practices to promote present moment awareness of thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations. Research has shown this to be a very effective treatment in the promotion of children’s well being and reduction of symptoms.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.
Interpersonal Therapy is an attachment-focused psychotherapy that centres on resolving interpersonal problems. It is based the idea that personal relationships are at the centre of psychological problems and that once these interpersonal issues are resolved symptoms improve.
Family Therapy includes helping the family function in a more positive and constructive way by providing support and education, and exploring patterns of communication.
EMDR ― Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful psychological treatment that has been used for over 30 years as an effective evidence based treatment for psychological distress. It is recommended by the World Health Organisation as the leading treatment approach for PTSD.