Understanding Different Treatment Modalities

Accepting that you are ready for your life to change and to seek support is the crucial first step on the road to recovery. If you’re in this position, one of the hardest steps has already been taken. It can be a complex process to understand the different treatment modalities available, so here we’re looking in detail at different options and how you can decide the most appropriate fit for you.

At Addcounsel, we offer a multi-faceted approach to recovery, using a wide range of therapy modalities.

Making Positive Choices for Your Mental Health

By understanding the different approaches to therapy, you are arming yourself with knowledge and information to make an informed choice which serves you and your mental health. Navigating this process can be complex, and without comprehensive information, it’s not easy to make a decision. By understanding the benefits and outcomes possible from common therapy modalities, you are setting yourself on the right path for successful recovery.

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Treatment Modalities at Addcounsel

At Addcounsel, we offer exclusive treatment for various mental illnesses, including substance abuse issues and behavioral disorders. Our team of expert clinicians provide world-class medical treatment in a luxurious, private setting. Although recovery is challenging, it doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. Finding the right therapy modality for you is the first step of treatment, and we look into the options available to you in detail below.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that focuses on the way our thoughts and behaviours interact. Working with a CBT therapist, the individual will identify negative thought patterns, emotions, and behaviours and shape them into positive cognition. CBT is concerned with rooting oneself in the present moment, with a goal of making lasting changes to manage the distressing symptoms of various mental health conditions. Cognitive therapies can be performed in an individual therapy session or in group therapy settings.

In Practice

In cognitive behavioural therapy, you can expect to work through the negative cognition which contributes to anxious or painful feelings and behaviours. Identifying these thought patterns gives you some of the information needed to end this debilitating cycle.

There are five fundamentally linked areas of CBT:

  • Situations
  • Thoughts
  • Emotions
  • Physical sensations
  • Actions

Each of these areas relates to one another, triggering responses within us. Essentially, if we engage in negative thoughts regarding a situation and we don’t challenge that thought, we proceed to feel and behave in ways that can have negative consequences. CBT aims to support the individual in identifying these negative thoughts as and when they arise and replacing them with affirmative thought patterns. In time, this can positively affect mental health symptoms and general well-being.

Clients can attend individual therapy sessions or group therapy sessions. Group treatment settings can be beneficial in terms of having the support of others who are going through similarly challenging experiences. This group therapy format will see a trained group therapist guiding the participants through techniques and strategies to develop an awareness of their depressive or anxious thought patterns and behaviours.

Who Benefits from CBT?

CBT can be used to treat a range of mental health disorders. These include but are not limited to:

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based talking therapy which guides individuals to ground themselves and live more ‘in the moment’. As a modification of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), DBT is effective for several conditions and substance abuse treatment, particularly for those who experience intense and distressing emotions. Through DBT, individuals can develop positive coping strategies, emotion regulation, and healthier relationships.

In Practice

With a DBT therapist, you will use various techniques to work through issues related to your condition. Dialectical behavioral therapy typically uses a combination of group and individual therapy sessions. Through DBT, you will work on mindfulness skills, grounding yourself in the present moment. Mindfulness practice may see you focusing on your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and impulses from moment to moment.

Another aspect of DBT is working on distress tolerance skills. This method can be practised and used in stressful situations which might have previously triggered your mental illness. You will learn skills to dismantle rising stress, such as:

  • Distraction
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-soothing

Emotion regulation is a crucial aspect of this therapy. Through this, you can navigate intense feelings more effectively. The skills you learn will help you to identify, name, and take charge of your emotions.

Who Benefits from DBT

Dialectical behavioural therapy was developed for individuals living with borderline personality disorder who did not respond to other treatments. DBT was designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with this disorder.

Although initially developed for borderline personality disorder, DBT also shows effective results for:

  • Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders (including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder)
  • Major depressive disorder (including treatment-resistant major depression and chronic depression)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Substance use disorder
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment which is particularly effective in relieving the distressing symptoms of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. EMDR combines eye movements and talk therapy to reprocess the trapped trauma in a safe environment.

In Practice

In this treatment modality, you work with an EMDR therapist who will guide you through a series of side-to-side eye movements – bilateral stimulation – while you go through an identified traumatic experience. This is done gradually in a safe environment until the trauma memory is processed and is no longer distressing.

Who Benefits from EMDR?

EMDR is particularly beneficial for individuals with unprocessed trauma. It also shows effective results for individuals with the following conditions, particularly if they have experienced trauma as a result of their disorder:

  • Anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Panic disorder

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy is a non-invasive brain stimulation treatment method. TMS is an effective option for mental health disorders when medication and talk therapy have proved unsuccessful. TMS is particularly useful in treatment-resistant major depressive disorder.

In Practice

TMS is an entirely non-invasive procedure; anaesthetic is not necessary to have treatment. Each session involves stimulating a part of the brain called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. This is done by moving a large magnetic coil over the outside of the client’s head and administering directed magnetic pulses. Stimulating this region of the brain that controls mood can relieve specific mental health problems. Each session can last anywhere between 20 minutes and 1 hour. The entire programme is likely to take place over a 4-6 week period with around five sessions in total.

Who Benefits from TMS?

TMS has been effectively used in the treatment of major depressive disorder, with extensive research suggesting that it is effective when other more traditional treatments are not. In addition, TMS is also found to ease symptoms of the following conditions:

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Tourettes syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Parkinson’s disease

Schema Therapy

Schema therapy is a treatment which aims to address the unmet needs of individuals. Through Schema therapy, you are guided to break negative cycles of thought, emotion and behaviour, which are detrimental, and to develop healthier alternatives to replace them.

Schema therapy is concerned with the idea that as humans, we all desire connection, understanding and growth, but there are hurdles on the way to them. Through this therapy method, the individual works with the therapist to focus on these unmet needs and replace negative cognition with positive ones.

In Practice

Schema therapy is a therapy which combines elements of other widely recognised treatments such as CBT, attachment theory, psychoanalysis and emotion-focused therapy. During schema therapy, you will work with a therapist to understand your personal ‘schemas’ or ‘early adaptive schemas’. These are patterns which we develop, particularly if our emotional needs aren’t met as children. Schema’s that shape behaviour are carried throughout your life and can detrimentally impact how you cope with life’s challenges. Through schema therapy, you can work to meet your emotional needs in healthier ways that don’t leave you resorting to damaging coping strategies.

Who Benefits from Schema Therapy?

Schema therapy is effective in treating personality disorders and other mental health conditions that may not have responded to other treatment options. It is thought to be useful for the following conditions:

  • Personality disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance addiction
  • Depression (including postpartum depression)
  • Anxiety

Addcounsel Treatment

At Addcounsel, we offer evidence-based treatment programmes that combine therapy modalities, clinical excellence, and compassionate care to ensure you experience personal growth. Our diverse psychological team is highly skilled in various treatment modalities to ensure we can find the right therapy for you. In addition to the treatments listed here, we also offer a number of holistic individual and group therapy options, including:

  • Structural family therapy
  • Couples therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Trauma therapy

Our individualised therapeutic experience gives you the best chances of successful recovery while increasing your feelings of personal comfort and privacy. We understand our client’s need for confidentiality and security and consider this in all we do.

We recognise the significance of cultural and societal issues when considering mental illness and which treatment to choose. Because of this, we take great consideration and care when creating recovery programmes for people from all walks of life.

Contact Us Today

We know that entering therapy can be emotionally challenging, but we aim to take the pressure off you in every way possible. Understanding the different treatment options available is an important first step in finding your path to recovery.

Get in touch with us today if you’re ready to start your journey to a happier, healthier you. A member of our team will be happy to take your call and answer any questions you might have about treatment with us.


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