At Questa, we recognise how daunting the prospect of seeking therapy can be.
We make a thorough assessment in order to provide a therapist that matches your needs.
From the moment you get in touch with us, we will support you every step of the way.
We also understand receiving a diagnosis can give rise to a range of different reactions. That is why we want to ensure you are supported during this time. We have a team of experienced clinicians offering therapeutic and coaching support in general, and to assist with post-diagnostic adjustment in particular.
We offer a range of psychological therapies to treat anxiety, depression, and trauma as well as more complex conditions. Your clinicians have training and work experience in a range of different therapeutic approaches, including;
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and CBT for Trauma
CBT treatment usually involves efforts to change thinking patterns. It is based on several core principles, for example on that psychological problems are partly caused by faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking, on learned patterns of unhelpful behaviour, and that people suffering from psychological problems can learn better ways of coping with them. CBT can thereby relieve your symptoms and help you become more effective in your life. It incorporates both efforts to change thinking patterns and efforts to change behavioural patterns. CBT is one of the most effective and evidence-based treatments for a wide range of disorders and troublesome behaviours.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for Trauma
EMDR enables you to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. By moving your eyes from side to side, you activate both sides of your brain while simultaneously thinking our verbalising emotionally disturbing experiences. You then access the traumatic memory network, so that information processing is enhanced, with new associations forged between the traumatic memory and more adaptive memories or information. With repeated practice, affective distress is relieved, negative beliefs are reformulated, and physiological arousal is reduced.
Mindfulness aims to help you maintain a moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. It is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment.
Psychodynamic therapy (PDT)
Psychodynamic therapy is an approach that involves facilitation a deeper understanding of one's emotions and other mental processes. It works to help you gain greater insight into how you feel and think. By improving this understanding, you can then make better choices about your life. It focuses on unconscious processes as they are manifested in the your present behaviour. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are your self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on your present behaviour.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
The aims of DBT is for you to gain an inderstand and accept your difficult feelings, learn skills to manage them so you become able to make positive changes in your life. This therapy is originally based on CBT, but it's specially adapted for people who feel emotions very intensely. ‘Dialectical’ means trying to understand how two things that seem opposite could both be true. For example, accepting yourself and changing your behaviour might feel contradictory. But DBT teaches that it's possible for you to achieve both these goals together. It mainly focuses on mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation.
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
This therapy approach aims to help promote mental and emotional healing by encouraging you to be compassionate toward yourself and others. Compassion is an emotional response believed by many to be an essential aspect of well-being. Its development may often have the benefit of improved mental and emotional health. CFT is grounded in current understanding of basic emotion regulation systems: the threat and self-protection system, the drive and excitement system, and the contentment and social safeness system.
During couples counselling, you and your partner will meet with a specialist to talk through and explore the problems you're both facing. The therapist will help you both to open up, highlighting the strengths in your relationship alongside what might be causing you distress.
Cognitive Interpersonal Therapy (CIT)
Based on CBT, cognitive interpersonal therapy helps you modify dysfunctional beliefs about yourself and biased information in relation to problematic interpersonal behavioural patterns that may have an important role in the maintenance of social anxiety disorder.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
By emphasising acceptance, ACT helps you deal and change negative thoughts, feelings, symptoms, or circumstances. It also encourages increased commitment to healthy, constructive activities that uphold your values or goals. ACT does this by helping you follow six core principles; cognitive defusion (noticing thoughts rather than getting caught up or buying into it), acceptance, contact and connection with the present moment, the Observing Self (watching, observing and witnessing the physical- and thinking self), clarifying your values, and committed action (implementing certain behaviours that increases the chase of you reaching your goals).
Narrative Exposure therapy
Narrative exposure therapy is a treatment for trauma disorders, particularly in individuals suffering from complex and multiple trauma. With the guidance of the therapist, you establish a chronological narrative of your life, concentrating mainly on your traumatic experiences, but also incorporate some positive events. By expressing the narrative, you fill in details of fragmentary memories and develop a coherent autobiographical story. In doing so, the memory of a traumatic episode is refined and understood. While doing this, you would be asked to relive the emotions experienced without losing connection to the present.