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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy was conceived by American psychiatrist Aaron Beck. He describes it as a structured, short-term, present-oriented psychotherapy for depression, directed toward solving current problems and modifying dysfunctional thinking and behaviour (Beck, 1964).

Since its conception in the early 1960’s, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has become a significant therapeutical practice for almost all therapists, guidance counsellors and psychiatrists. The method has gained such recognition that the Swedish government has decided to use it as an obligatory first step in treating depression.

The treatment aims to raise the individual’s awareness of his or her thought patterns and to subsequently modify them. In short term bouts of depression, this is done through a couple of sessions where the individual is taught the basics of CBT and is then expected to apply it to themselves. In longer cases where the problem is considered to be an underlying reason for identity and self esteem issues (such as ACT) the therapist guides the individual through the process.

Reference

Beck, A. T. (1964). Thinking and depression: II. Theory and therapy. Archives of General Psychiatry, 10, 561-571.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Developed by Steven C. Hayes in 1982, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a form of counselling that uses a combination of mindfulness and behavioural therapy in order to increase the patient’s psychological flexibility. Instead of focusing on the outright elimination of negative thoughts, ACT encourages the patient to be present with all experiences of life, to live in accordance to their values and to work towards a set of goals. The successful application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy will lower stress levels, raise self-esteem and establish a sense of purpose within the individual.

Two main concepts of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy are, disidentification and expansionism. Disidentification training helps the individual to break the bond between thought and identity. The purpose of the practice is to illustrate to the individual that attachment-to-thought hinders their capability of living a productive life. Expansionism deals with coping mechanisms associated with negative thoughts. It trains the individual to avoid using distraction techniques and encourages them instead to make room to accept negative thoughts and in so doing diluting their impact.  

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is commonly used to treat depression, anxiety disorders and addiction.

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Mindfulness

The practice of mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist and Taoist philosophy. It has been used over the centuries as a therapeutic exercise and a form of stress-relief. Implemented properly, it helps practitioners to escape an overactive mind and to focus on the spaciousness of the present moment. Popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn and Thich Nhat Hanh, the practice of mindfulness has grown exponentially in recent years, especially in the western world and among lay practitioners.

Throughout its existence, mindfulness has been applied to all sorts of anxiety disorders and, naturally, can be applied to the experience of displacement and rudderlessness associated with Third Culture Kids and Cross Culture Kids as well.

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Cross Culture Therapy offers online therapy sessions to Third Culture Kids, Adult Third Culture Kids and Cross Culture Kids. Each session lasts 50 minutes and is conducted via Skype. Sessions can be purchased in packs of 1, 5, and 10. The 10 session pack is also available to family members.

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