As a counsellor Sebastian applies the latest in quality psychology. He is certified in evidence-based approaches with the highest levels of reliability and validity.
You might find that…
- your mood and performance changed
- you are stressed, stuck or unstable
- you feel depressed, nerveless or irritable
- you are anxious, overly concerned or experience panic
- you act angrily, short tempered or impatient
- you need to address unfinished business
- you want to confide, confess or confirm
- you are unhappy, unfulfilled or unfaithful in your relationship
- you are facing obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviours
- you are rigid, perfectionistic and feel unable to “waste” time
- you lead an unhealthy lifestyle, experience unrest or sleep badly
In order to best help you work through your challenges Sebastian has trained internationally in a broad range of programs. He integrated neuroscience, cognitive-behavioural and emotion-focused therapy as well as profoundly researched meta-cognitive & mindfulness-based practices.
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Find below some background to Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Training.
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.
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.