The type of therapy will be recommended to you depending on the unique issues you are currently dealing with.
One of the core features of psychological problems (including anxiety and depression) involves excessive thinking that becomes hard to control. People with psychological difficulties often spend a lot of time on worrying, speculating, and ruminating and report feelings of loss of control over their thoughts and behaviours. They often fixate their attention on threat or self and employ various unhelpful methods to try to cope with their negative thoughts and feelings. That leads to a worsening and maintenance of their emotional suffering.
In metacognitive therapy, the therapist and client work collaboratively to change the unhelpful thinking processes, attention patterns, and behaviors. In the process, we look at which coping strategies are helpful and which keep the emotional problems going. The clients learn new ways to relate to their thoughts and feelings, and practice the new, helpful coping methods both during therapy session and at home.
The goal of metacognitive therapy is to help the clients distance themselves from their thoughts, and regain flexibility in attention and control over long-term concerns.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a commonly chosen, evidence-based intervention used to treat a wide array of psychological issues. It is based on the concept that our thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviors are interconnected. Unlike some other more traditional treatments, CBT deals with the clients current problems, rather than focusing on issues from their past.
In CBT, the therapist works in collaboration with the client to identify and change their unhelpful thinking and behaviors, which leads to enduring improvement in their mood and functioning.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a structured approach that keeps the therapist and the client focused on the goals of each session. It simultaneously works on breaking down overwhelming problems into smaller parts, and teaching skills to overcome these. CBT can be beneficial for anyone who needs support to challenge unhelpful thoughts that are preventing them from reaching their goals or living the life they want to live.