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Therapeutic approach

Dr. Hale is trained in and uses a variety of therapeutic styles: 

Cognitive & Behavioural Therapy 

It is a way of talking about: (1) how you think about yourself, the world and other people, and (2) how what you do affects your thoughts and feelings. CBT can help you to change how you think (Cognitive) and what you do (Behaviour).

CBT helps you to make sense of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts. This makes it easier to  recognise their connectedness and influence in your life.

CBT techniques include: self-awareness, goal setting, relaxation training, guided imagery, focused breathing, behavioural rehearsal & modelling, and adaptive self-talk. 

Brief Solution Focused Therapy 

There is nothing like experiencing successes to help a person become more excited about themselves and their life.

As the name suggests, BSFT is about being brief and focusing on solutions, rather than on problems. Often people do many positive things that they may or may not be aware of.

Dr. Hale helps individuals to explore the  times when problems are less severe or even absent. By increasing their awareness and helping them to repeat these successes, Dr. Hale facilitates peoples improvement, confidence and overall sense of wellbeing.

Psychodynamic Therapy

This approach focuses on exploring ways of knowing and understanding oneself. It involves discussing past experiences and how these may have led to a present situation and also how these past experiences influence your present life. Understanding frees the person to make new choices about what happens in their future. 

Ego State Therapy

Every individual is comprised of a number of states (e.g., parent, lover, child, employee, etc.), each with feelings of power, weakness, emotionality, logic, etc. We may be very aware of some states, while others may be relatively unknown to us. Moreover, some of these states carry pain, trauma, feel out of control, ineffectual, dissociated or in conflict with other states. The overt manifestation of such issues may be anxiety, depression, or any number of neurotic or somatic symptoms or maladaptive behaviours. Ego State Therapy, therefore, seeks to locate various ego states (particularly those harbouring pain, trauma, frustration, etc.), enhance communication between ego states, and help dissociated states to express, release, comfort, and empower (the individual) through a process of ‘internal diplomacy’.

Mindfulness Based Therapy

Mindfulness Therapy combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness. The heart of this work lies in becoming acquainted with the modes of mind that often characterize mood disorders while simultaneously learning to develop a new relationship to them.