Behavioural Activation

If you’re living with depression, you might find you’ve lost interest in the activities you used to enjoy. You may no longer want to engage in the hobbies you used to love, spend time with friends, or pursue interests.

Inactivity is a common symptom of depression – and not something to be ashamed of. However, persistent inactivity can make depression symptoms worse, particularly if you have stopped doing activities that are meaningful to you.

Behavioural activation offers a way out of this cycle. It encourages you to start participating in activities again – even when you don’t want to – to improve symptoms of depression and in turn rediscover your interest in them.

At AddCounsel, our expert psychologists and psychiatrists will guide you through behavioural activation therapy in one-to-one sessions. Our holistic approach combines behavioural activation with other modules to offer a recovery program that treats the entire person, supporting long-term recovery. We offer continual assessment and analysis of your unique needs, ensuring we provide the perfect program for you.

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How Behavioural Activation Works

Research has shown that the way we feel and the things we do are connected. When we do activities we enjoy, spend time with people we connect with, and find ways to challenge ourselves, we tend to feel better.

Behavioural activity therapy supports you to make life meaningful and pleasurable again. By engaging in activities even when you don’t feel like it, you can begin a constructive healing cycle that lifts you out of depression.

Behavioural activity therapy usually involves the following steps:

  • Learning about how depression and inactivity can reinforce each other
  • Monitoring your daily activities to understand how mood and activity affect one another
  • Identifying the values and goals that are important to you
  • Scheduling and engaging in meaningful activities
  • Problem-solving to overcome any barriers to activity

Behavioural activity therapy is a component of cognitive-behavioural therapy but can be offered as a stand-alone treatment. It is an evidence-based technique with clinically proven effectiveness. By focusing on present thought and behavioural patterns, behavioural activity therapy supports meaningful and noticeable changes in real-time that persist long after the end of treatment.

How Behavioural Activation Can Help You

If you’ve been finding yourself doing little, without feeling a sense of meaning or purpose in life, behavioural activity therapy can help you to rediscover your passions. It can be an important step in reconnecting with your inner self, your interests, and your values, and then living a life that is meaningful to you.

An important part of behavioural activity therapy is exploring your values. Behavioural activity therapy can guide you to develop a clearer picture of what things are important to you and what activities may help you fulfil value-related goals. It also helps you identify goals that involve pleasurable activities and opportunities for growth. Behavioural activity therapy helps you to develop a lifestyle and routine that promotes these goals and leaves you feeling happy and fulfilled.

Remember, while behavioural activity therapy helps you develop a set of skills that help you overcome depression, there are many others available. Most people fit behavioural activity therapy into part of a wider recovery program that caters to their specific needs.

Treatment Tailored to You

Addcounsel offers private, luxury mental wellness treatments across central London. Our exclusive program draws on a world-leading range of treatment modalities, delivered by experts from around the world. Our ‘one client at a time’ ethos ensures that your experience is fully confidential, individualised, and suited to your unique needs.

We deliver our services from our modern central London facility, several carefully selected luxurious properties, and from the comfort of your home. As soon as you check into our facility, you have 24/7 access to our highly-trained specialists and exceptional support staff. We’re here to guide you on your personal journey of recovery, with privacy and comfort.

For our Arabic-speaking customers, we provide tailored services in your mother tongue to ensure the optimum level of understanding and communication. We bring in leading mental health experts from the Arabic-speaking world who have a developed understanding of the cultural context of mental health conditions and treatment. Our program is renowned, top-tier, and one-of-a-kind.

If you are living with depression or other mental health concerns, contact us today for a consultation. You’re in the best hands.

Frequently asked questions

If you have tried to stop a behaviour or habit and cannot, despite the negative impact it is having on your life then it is likely that you may need clinical intervention. Additionally, if a mental health condition is affecting the quality of your life then we can also help you.
If in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Addcounsel are the only luxury treatment centre in London who offer a network of 80 specialists on a one-to-one basis to their clients. We pride ourselves on focussing on clinical excellence, meaning that we are client focussed but results driven. We understand what it is to work with wealthy clients; we know that it is not always easy and we know how to treat the complex and unique challenges it can entail.
We carry out a thorough diagnosis with our team of expert medical and psychiatric practitioners; this enables us to not only know what the client’s immediate problem is but the underlying factors which may be affecting it. We use this to provide a bespoke holistic treatment program in which every single aspect of the client is looked after, from their physical to their mental health. We are well equipped to match both our clients therapeutic and lifestyle needs, and we provide ongoing care plans with the goal of enabling our clients to have long lasting and consistent recovery.

Our treatment programs are delivered on a case-by-case basis. Humans are all individuals, and at Addcounsel we recognise that. This is why our program is always tailored to the needs of the client as a person, rather than trying to apply a “one-size-fits-all” treatment model. However, some of the therapies our clients can expect to receive are:

  • Psychotherapy
  • EMDR
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Spiritual counselling
  • Mindfulness
  • RTMS
  • Somantic Experiencing
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT
  • Positive psychology
  • Hypnotherapy

In short, no. Our staff are very experienced in dealing with high-profile individuals and as such we understand the value of complete privacy. The only way that someone will find out that you attended Addcounsel is if you choose to tell them.

Our treatment programs are bespoke, and as such they do not have to have a set finish date. If you decide that you need to extend your stay with us, then we will extend your stay as long as you want.
If you decide that you need additional help upon leaving treatment, we offer tailored aftercare plans which can be carried out all over the world. This means that at any point you can have a member of our team with you, wherever you decide to go.

Absolutely. At Addcounsel, we pride ourselves on minimal disruption to the lifestyles of our clients. We want them to feel at home and comfortable during their time with us, so your staff can either stay with you or we can accommodate them in one of our exclusive Central London properties. We do provide a chef, but you are of course welcome to bring your own.
Addcounsel is also able to provide house staff, butlers, and private security if our clients require it.

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Whether you’re worried about yourself or a loved one, our team would like to answer any questions you may have about treatment. Call our care team today to find out more about our treatment modalities and have all your questions answered