Specialist Therapies

At Nightingale Hospital London, therapists are able to use a number of therapeutic approaches in order to support patients in an individual way depending on their needs. Below are some of the approaches the therapist may discuss with you.

ACT Therapy

ACT Therapy (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) is a cognitive behavioural model of psychotherapy that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed with commitment and behaviour-change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility.  ACT aims to help individuals clarify their personal values and to take action on them, bringing more vitality and meaning to their life in the process. ACT encourages people to accept their reactions and be present, choose a valued direction and take action.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is a psychological therapy for people with borderline personality disorder, especially those with self-harming behaviour or suicidal thoughts.

In DBT, you are taught specific skills on how to control your emotions. The first step is to experience, recognise and accept your emotions. DBT, like in other therapies such as CBT, helps people to change unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving, but it also focuses on accepting who you are at the same time. DBT aims to balance ‘acceptance’ with ‘change’.

Acceptance techniques focus on understanding and making sense of you as a person and the things you do. A DBT therapists might point out that your behaviour e.g. self-harming or drug use makes sense, even if it is not in your best interest. It is often the way you have learned to deal with intense emotions and difficult experiences.

Schema Therapy

A schema describes an organised pattern of thought or behaviour. We all have schemas, some are effective but others cause psychological and emotional problems. Schema Therapy focuses on these unhelpful schemas and offers a way of helping individuals restructure thinking related to their struggles. There are two phases to schema therapy; education and understanding to increase awareness and rehearsing behavioural changes related to the presenting problems to break the disruptive patterns.

Gestalt Therapy

The emphasis of Gestalt therapy is on what is being done, thought, and felt at the present moment rather than on what was, might be, could be, or should have been. It is a method of awareness practice, by which perceiving, feeling, and acting are understood to be conducive to interpreting, explaining, and conceptualising. This distinction between direct experience versus indirect is developed. The individual learns to become aware of what he or she is doing and that triggers the ability to risk a change. The aim is to become free from the blocks and unfinished business that may diminish satisfaction, fulfillment, and growth, and to experiment with new ways of being.

These approaches at Nightingale Hospital London

At Nightingale Hospital these approaches can be accessed as part of an outpatient, day patient or inpatient programme. To understand the most suitable for your needs and personal circumstances our team would welcome your call.

We have a number of therapy specialists with a breadth of experience to match your individual situation. We establish successful patient/therapist partnerships and achieve the most effective therapeutic relationship due to this extensive expertise. We will take the time to understand your problem and individual needs.

If you need advice on any therapy treatment or therapy specialist we would welcome your call so you feel secure in the decisions you make.

Please contact us confidentially on 020 7535 7700 24 hours a day.