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Vivien uses both cognitive behavior therapy and psychodynamic therapy in her treatment with clients depending on the issues brought up by the client.
What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or C.B.T.?
The way we think, strongly influences the way we feel.

For example, before we feel happy, it may be because we had some of the following thoughts :
“I am going on holiday today!” or “It’s the last day of term today!”.

Similarly, before we feel anxious, it may be because we had some of these thoughts :
“What if something goes wrong today?” or “What if I don’t do well in my course?”.

Cognitive behavior therapy is used to challenge the assumptions underlying the fear as well as some of the behavior which may be maintaining the fear.

The therapist will work with the client to identify some of these negative automatic thoughts and work through them in order to arrive at more balanced thoughts. Sometimes, there may be some written homework. Quite often, the therapist will also provide helpful handouts for the client to take home and read.

Cognitive behavior therapy is a structured form of therapy and is often used for stress, anxiety, phobias, depression and self-esteem issues.

What is Psychodynamic therapy?
It is a form of talking therapy and has its roots in psychoanalysis, a term coined by its founder Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939). This form of therapy is less directive and structured compared to CBT. It can also involve the discussion of dreams if the client so chooses.

This form of therapy is suitable for individuals who are curious about themselves, their private thoughts, fantasies, conflicts and needs and who would like to verbalise feelings and thoughts.

This therapy is useful for individuals who would really like to get to the root of the problem especially if they suspect that the root of the problem lies in childhood or in relationships.

"Psychotherapy is not really
about symptom relief; its essential
purpose is to help a person
function in the world, and
ideally, to function well."

~ Anonymous.
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