Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Our thoughts, feelings, and emotions are connected. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helps you take a closer look at your thoughts (core concepts, automatic assumptions, self-talks, attribution styles, etc), your feelings and emotions (happiness, sadness, fear, anxiety, anger, resentment, etc), and your behaviours (crying, yelling, fighting, self-harm, isolation, etc). CBT helps you examine and discover the links between these 3 aspects and see how they interplay with each other. Once you create a positive change in one aspect, it will lead to an upward spiral and you will notice a change in other aspects of your functioning. CBT is the most evidence-based approach used in psychotherapy and it is considered to be the gold standard for the treatment of many mental health issues including anxiety, depression, substance dependence and abuse, anger management, etc
Typical number of sessions to achieve therapeutic outcome: 8-12 sessions, varies with individual needs
Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
Solution focused therapy, or solution focused brief therapy, uses your existing skills and knowledge to solve the problem at hand. It is a goal-oriented approach which doesn’t necessarily facilitate the dissection of the origin of the presenting problem, rather, it focuses on how the problem can be solved in a short period of time. This type of therapy is suitable for those who prefer an efficient strategy with rapid, observable result.
Typical number of sessions to achieve therapeutic outcome: 4-5 sessions, varies with individual needs
Personality Assessment (Big 5)
The Big 5 Personality assessment is one of the most clinically researched personality models used by mental health practitioners. It measures people’s inclinations in 5 major dimensions and 10 subcategories (varies depending on the specific assessment used). These measures hold great value in aiding vocational, relationship, familial, and individual counselling because it is much easier to identify fitting correspondences based on your personality than it is to modify your personality to fit into a contextual circumstance, although the latter can be advisable at times, too. In sum, a personality assessment provides valuable insights to your preferences, needs, strengths, and challenges. It aids the you in exploring yourself and the counsellor in providing the most helpful sessions to you.