Over the past year or so, there has been a lot of buzz about a technique known as mindfulness. It seems that no matter where you look recently, people are talking about it.
So where has it come from?
The origins of mindfulness are actually in Buddhism, and have existed for hundreds of years. But mindfulness as many know it now was modernised by Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme (MBSR) to aid the chronically ill.
If you''d like to know more about Mindfulness and how it can help with your mental health condition, take a read of the info and try our Mindfulness example audio.
Whether someone has had experience of mental health problems or not, they are likely to have heard of counselling.
Forms of counselling have been around from as early as the 1880’s, but the person centred approach which forms practice these days was developed around the 1940’s.
It is one of the most common forms of talking therapy around today, and can be accessed through the NHS, privately or through some charities.
Take a look to learn more about how counselling can play a role in assisting treatment for various mental health conditions.
Many people who have sought treatment for their mental health difficulties would have heard of CBT. It’s widely available, both on the NHS (although waiting lists vary) and privately.
Modern CBT has its roots in behaviour therapy developed in the 1950s and 1960s and cognitive therapy from the 1960s onward. CBT is the most heavily researched and proven (evidence-based) form of psychological therapy available. This is not to say it doesn’t have its critics.
Many sufferers have been helped to overcome their problems with CBT, but there are also inevitably many who have not found it helpful and prefer other approaches.