In his work with individuals Sebastian applies some of the latest approaches in psychotherapy. The approaches he is certified in, are evidence-based and report high levels of reliability and validity. In order to best help you work through your challenges Sebastian has trained extensively in programs which integrate neuroscience, cognitive-behavioural and emotion-focused therapy and research, meta-cognitive & mindfulness-based practices and concepts as well as energetic embodiment.
Find here some background to Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Training to understand the way Sebastian applies these approaches with clients. Similar methods and concepts are found in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) or Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB), which Sebastian draws from when helping clients change perspective and gain presence and mental strength.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is the therapy with the most solid and wide evidence base for efficacy and effectiveness. Today’s CBT was mainly influenced by Behaviour Therapy (1950s & 60s) and Cognitive Therapy (1960s & 70s). The behaviourist movement focused on the connection between stimuli and responses. The “cognitive revolution” emphasised mental processes such as thoughts, beliefs and interpretations. The cognitive model assumes, that between a stimulus and an (emotional) response, there are cognitions which influence our responses individually. The behavioural principle regards what we do as pivotal in maintaining or changing psychological states. The areas of interest in counselling and therapy are cognition, emotion, behaviour and physiology which form an interacting system.
CBT assumes that mental health problems occur on the same continuum as healthy processes and not on distinguished dimensions. The general focus is on the here and now where stressful states such as depression, anxiety and anger are often perpetuated or exacerbated by biased ways of thinking. The meaning of Negative Thoughts and Core Beliefs is examined and tested against “reality”.
Historically, the empirically supported movement of prediction and control of behaviour can be seen as the First Wave of CBT. The Second Wave took into account that language and cognition provides human beings unique possibilities of learning – processing and reflection. Today’s Third Wave approaches aim at experiencing problematic thoughts and emotions in different ways. In my approach to psychotherapy I will engage with you in order for you to find out how.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a metacognitive approach which emphasises that all cognitions are mental events and as such can become objects of our awareness. We can focus on what is going on in our minds. Moreover, we can build our mental muscles to train our attention and awareness.
ACT addresses the content of the meta-cognition and the way in which thoughts are experienced and regulated. Furthermore, the goal of this therapy is to help clients choose effective behaviours even in the face of interfering thoughts and emotions. Psychological Flexibility can be understood as the ability to experience the present moment fully as a conscious, historical being. Well-Being is promoted through changing and persisting of behaviour in order to achieve and maintain valued living and through mindfulness.
“I have been working with Sebastian for about a year now, seeing him once each week for an hour. I sought out a professional to help me handle the collapse of my marriage and the subsequent impact that had on my professional life, family life, living situation, friendships, and finances. Sebastian has been invaluable in keeping my mind focused, my head above water, and my emotions in check throughout this turbulent period …
… I find Sebastian to be calm, professional, objective, witty, astute, and above all, mindful. He challenges me to face head-on the issues in my personal and professional life, and brings a charismatic clarity and long term perspective to my blind spots. Often he will state the obvious, which is exactly what I need to hear. At other times, we will enquire together to reveal an underlying disfunctional pattern or behaviour. Whatever it is we’re working on, I know I can count on Sebastian to be objective and thorough. In all my interactions with Sebastian, he has been mindful, caring, and a stand for my success and wellbeing. I highly recommend Sebastian and am happy to act as a reference for him.”
G.R.W. Managing Director, Restructuring, Turnaround & Transformation Industry