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Will I have to talk about painful experiences?

Video Description

Clinical psychologist Steven Mahan examines how an advantage of acceptance and commitment therapy is that clients don’t have to talk about difficulties in great detail if they don’t want to. https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy

Video Transcription

Within any therapy, there’s different levels that you can go into to try and process a difficult experience. So, often, with the acceptance and commitment therapy, it’s about trying to face your difficulties head-on. So trying to really experience and talk about what you typically avoid. Now, with acceptance and commitment therapy, you don’t necessarily have to talk about your difficulties in great depth if you don’t want to, particularly early on in the therapy. So it might be you can use more in-the-moment strategies. Try and soothe your emotions, such as breathing techniques, without necessarily having to talk about these difficult experiences. But it might be that over time with your therapist, you feel more comfortable in opening up about your difficulties, to get the most out of acceptance and commitment therapy.

Dr Steven Mahan

Dr Steven Mahan

19 June 2022

"Dr Steven Mahan is a Clinical Psychologist with many years’ experience in both the NHS and private sector. He specialises in adult mental health and has worked with clients of all ages with a wide range of emotional difficulties including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, trauma, social anxiety, eating disorders, work-related stress, health anxiety, and substance misuse. Throughout his career, Dr Mahan has gained extensive experience working with clients with relationship and interpersonal difficulties. "

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