Our priority is to get you the right treatment individually tailored.
Benchmark Psychology’s approach is to present and explain all of the treatment options available to you. We will monitor, track, analyse and report on your progress every step of the way. If treatment is not helping you achieve your goals, we will present you with options for other approaches that are also proven. Therapy is about team work, if at any point you feel that we are heading down the wrong track, let us know so we can change treatment direction. After all, therapy is about you and your goals, not about your therapists ego.
We also know choice is important. That’s why your psychologist will work with you to explain the various treatment options, and help you decide how best to proceed. Sometimes the best therapy is simply talking, but at other times talk alone is not enough.
Time is also important to us. Benchmark Psychology has already developed a strong reputation and a waiting list to go with it. We work hard on wait-list management to make sure our clients don’t wait longer than absolutely necessary.
Our treatment options include:
- CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) The most widely researched and well-established psychological therapy for changing problematic thoughts and behaviours. CBT incorporates a range of specific cognitive strategies to identify and alter unhelpful thought patterns, as well as evidence based techniques for behavioural modification and change.
- ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)A relatively new, but increasingly well-recognised therapy approach used to help with a range of problems. ACT assumes that treatment is not always about changing thoughts and behaviours, but about learning how to accept parts of ourselves, our worlds and other people as they are – rather than as we would like them to be.
- DBT (Dialectic Behavioural Therapy) A set of techniques developed to help people with borderline personality disorder, but which have proven useful in treating a range of problems that centre around emotion management.
- Schema Focused Therapy Schemas are ingrained ways of viewing the world that cause people to behave in ways that are not always helpful to them. Invariably, these schemas were formed earlier in life, and made a lot of sense at the time. But these patterns of behaviour are now creating difficulties and stopping people from reaching their full potential.
- Interpersonal psychotherapy When all else is stripped away, therapy is just a relationship between two people. The way you behave in that relationship can give valuable clues as to how you behave in other interpersonal relationships. Interpersonal therapy involves exploring the interaction between you and your therapist, and looking for patterns. Therapy is also a safe place to trial out new ways of interacting, knowing that your therapist will not judge you or think less of you for trying something new. This is usually a longer-term therapy, but elements of this technique are often used in other therapies.
- Motivational Interviewing We know that change is tough and there are often parts of us that want to change, with equally (and sometimes stronger parts) that want to stay the same. Motivational Interviewing is a process for helping people be sure that the changes they are making are for the better, and to implement the changes they want to make.
- Person Centred Therapy Sometimes the best type of therapy is simply having someone listen to you and ask you the tough questions that your friends don’t ask. By contemplating those tough questions and working through the answers, a better understanding of yourself or your problems can often be reached.