APPROACH TO THERAPY
Your treatment depends on the type of mental illness you have, its severity, and what works best for you. In many cases, a combination of treatments works best. A team approach is appropriate to make sure all your psychiatric, medical, and social needs are met. This is especially important for severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia.
Your Treatment Team
Your treatment team includes:
Primary Care Doctor
Personalised Mental Health Treatment Plan
An integrated treatment plan customised according to your individual needs to help you transform. This plan is primarily based building on the following 6 levels -
Also known as Psychopharmacological Treatment. Although psychiatric medications don't cure mental illness, they can often significantly improve symptoms. Psychiatric medications can also help make other treatments, such as psychotherapy, more effective. The best medications for you will depend on your particular situation and how your body responds to the medication. Some of the most commonly used classes of prescription psychiatric medications include:
ANTIDEPRESSANTS. They can help improve symptoms such as sadness, hopelessness, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, and lack of interest in activities. Antidepressants are not addictive and do not cause dependency.
ANTI-ANXIOLYTICS. They may also help reduce agitation, anxiety, and insomnia. Long-term anti-anxiety drugs typically are antidepressants that also work for anxiety. Fast-acting anti-anxiety drugs help with short-term relief.
MOOD STABILIZERS. They are most commonly used for disorders that involve mood swings. Sometimes mood stabilizers are used with antidepressants to treat depression.
ANTIPSYCHOTICS. Antipsychotic drugs are typically used to treat psychotic disorders, but it may also be used to treat bipolar disorders or used with antidepressants to treat depression.
CULTIVATING EMOTIONAL BALANCE (CEB)
CEB puts emotional awareness at its core. It helps manage destructive emotions and their power over us. It improves emotional recognition in self and others, protects from the psychophysiology effects of threat-to-self, and helps activate cognitive networks associated with compassion.
With the tools of CEB, one can draw upon their human capacity to wisely and compassionately actualize individual and collective well-being. It helps participants move closer to a life of emotional choice.
Developed under the guidance of H.H. The Dalai Lama by Dr. Alan B Wallace, Dr. Paul Ekman, Daniel Goleman among others.
NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING (NLP)
This technique created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder is all about bringing about changes in perception, responsible communication, and developing choices of responses or communication in a given situation.
NLP therapists work with people to understand their thinking and behavioral patterns, emotional state, and aspirations. They help participants find and strengthen the skills that serve them best and assist them in developing new strategies to replace unproductive ones. This process can help individuals in therapy reach treatment goals.
NLP primarily works with thoughts, language, and patterns of behaviour learned through experience, to generate specific desired outcomes.
THERAPEUTIC COMMUNITY INTERVENTION
Therapeutic Community Program includes an interconnected series of groups aimed at enhancing patient authority, fostering interpersonal learning, and creating an environment that supports treatment.
This program engages in a process of “examined living,” characterized by learning through public reflection (by staff and patients) on the meaning of behaviors, choices, and interactions.
These groups offer many opportunities to deepen the understanding of how different ways of communicating affect the quality of relationships.
BRAIN BASED FRAMEWORK
Brain Based Framework Program is based on the understanding and restructuring of brain biology, which is essential for recovery. In brain-based therapy, the therapeutic process provides a way to rewire the brain to affect mood and behaviour change.
In this therapy, various activities and tasks are designed to regulate the endorphins, dopamine, impulse control, and adrenaline mechanisms.
This program is based on the work done by Dr. Gabor Maté.
Behavior modification is a therapeutic approach designed to change a particular undesirable negative behavior. By using a system of positive or negative consequences, an individual learns the correct set of responses for any given stimulus.
It is a simple technique in which you positively reinforce the desired behaviour and use negative reinforcement for undesired behaviour.
MINDFULNESS BASED THERAPY
Using mindfulness-based activities has helped the participants bring their attention to the external and internal experiences in the present moment.
This helps them develop a compassionate and non-judgmental attitude towards themselves and the people, places, and situations in their environment. This greatly reduces stress, anxiety, and anger and at the same time increasing awareness and consequential thinking.
ARTS BASED THERAPY (ABT)
ABT is the evidence-based use of art forms to accomplish individualised goals within a therapeutic relationship.
This model of Arts in healing was created by WCCLF as a response to needs in psychosocial and neuro-physiological rehabilitation in India. ABT incorporates Play Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Drama Therapy, and Movement Therapy.
It addresses issues in learning disabilities, intellectual challenges in mental health, de-addiction, palliative care; and pain management in rehabilitation for trafficking, abuse, domestic violence issues, and issues around LGBT communities affected by violence and trauma.
The basis of ABT relies on Cognitive Neurosciences, Studies of Human Development, and Indian Psychology.
Hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration. Hypnosis is usually done with the help of a therapist using verbal repetition and mental images. When you're under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed and are more open to suggestions.
Hypnosis can be used to help you gain control over undesired behaviours or to help you cope better with anxiety or pain. It's important to know that although you're more open to suggestion during hypnosis, you don't lose control over your behaviour.
It can be effective in helping people cope with pain, stress, anxiety, and assisted therapy in addiction.
Graphology identifies and assesses the character and personality of an individual through the study of their handwriting based on a particular method. Specific strokes are related to certain personality traits in graphology. The grapho-analyst evaluates the relative strengths of different traits and the effect of one trait upon another.
Graphology is based on the principle that conscious changes in the strokes send signals to the subconscious mind to change the personality.
Family Therapy inspired by Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy (STST), was designed to improve relationships and communication within the family structure by addressing a person’s actions, emotions, and perceptions as they relate to that person’s dynamic within the family unit.
Using the principles embodied in this model, you can improve how you process change and how you help others process change.
Group therapy provides a unique and important way for participants to learn about themselves and their relationships, to gain confidence, build capacity, develop and enhance skills such as communication, emotion expression, problem-solving, as well as executive cognitive functions.
It offers the opportunity to both, receive support and to give support to others. Both of which notions are important in treatment.
SOLUTION FOCUSED BRIEF THERAPY
This goal-oriented therapy helps the participants shift their focus from problems to solutions. The main task is to identify the participant’s goals and generate a detailed description of how the participant’s life will be after achieving the goal.
Practitioners of SFBT encourage individuals to imagine the future they desire and then work to collaboratively develop a series of steps that will help them achieve those goals.