Living Your Passion

  It was a privilege to share my passion with psychology graduates from around the world last Monday 24th of September 2018 in Ubud, Bali. The 2 hours workshop was focused on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Mindfulness in multicultural settings from a personal clinical perspective introducing the intensive Choices Personalized Retreats program in Bali. Having worked in the UK, the Middle East and now in Bali Indonesia, I have had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. Each person with a different background and culture. As a psychologist, I have always been sensitive to adjusting my approach to meet the needs of each person. This has not only helped create stronger bonds in the therapeutic relationship but also have better outcomes in the healing and / or recovery process of each person. CBT U ubud CBT is the most researched type of psychotherapy that has been yielding the most evidence-based results to the treatment of a range of mental health conditions since the approach was established back in the 1960’s. The CBT model is based on a combination of both behavioural and cognitive psychology principles. It is also known as the second wave. The first wave was known as Behavioural therapy, which had appeared in the 1920’s, and although it had been pivotal in improving our understanding of human behavior as well as helping in the treatment of various neurotic disorders, it still presented with limitations. It was only when a person’s thoughts and beliefs were considered as important contributing factors to the type of emotions we experience that the second wave, or the merger of Behaviour therapy and Cognition was born. Since then, there has been a third wave. This last wave are variations of CBT-based psychotherapies. These are all evidence-based strategies that are known to yield positive results in the treatment of many mental health conditions such as mood disorders like bipolar disorder, seasonal affective, cyclothymic disorder and other forms of depression; anxiety disorders like obsessive compulsive disorders, panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, phobias; dissociative disorders; eating disorders like bulimia, anorexia, binge eating disorders and more. A few of the CBT-based therapies are also known but not limited to ‘Cognitive Therapy’, ‘Acceptance & Commitment Therapy’, ‘Dialectical Behavioural Therapy’, ‘Schema Therapy’, ‘Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy’, ‘Multimodal Therapy’, ‘Integrative Therapy’, ‘Cognitive Hypnotherapy’, ‘Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy’, ‘Biofeedback Therapy’, ‘Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Therapy’ and the list goes on. Each of these types of therapies have proven to be effective for the treatment of various mental health conditions. It is the role of the qualified psychotherapist or psychologist who will know which type of therapy to suggest to the client based on the results of the initial assessment. For example, eye movement desensitization & reprocessing (or EMDR) has proven results as the best type of therapy in the treatment intervention of post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD). So when combining various forms of CBT-based therapy strategies we noticed even better outcomes. Most psychologists, psychotherapists will have an integrative approach to their practices in order to be able to offer the most appropriate psychotherapy intervention to people. CBT will traditionally be offered in a once a week format for an hour session over several weeks depending on the issue being treated. This could last for 6 months or for a year. For instance, according to the national institute of health and care excellence guidelines in the UK, studies have shown that between 8 to 14 hours of CBT for treatments of anxiety, between 14 to 20 hours for treatments of depression and about 20 hours more or less for the treatment of bulimia will yield positive results. In the intensive CBT & mindfulness based therapy approach offered in our Choices Personalized Retreats Program in Bali, we offer these exact number of hours, if not more, and see each client on a daily basis for 2 hours of integrative CBT based therapies, in addition to 1.5hours of mindfulness based practices. Results have shown that our clients experience faster breakthroughs and recoveries then through the traditional 1 hour a week or 1 hour every 2 weeks approach. The benefits of our methodology means that people achieve improved quality of lives in a shorter time and with long-term benefits after 6 months to a year of distance follow up. This is a glimpse into my passion. Finding ways of improving the way psychotherapy is being practised cross-culturally and ways in which they can be adapted to suit the needs of each person. We are all different and therefore it is important that our psychotherapy be personalized and evidence-based. Just like the psychology graduates I had the opportunity to share my passion with, I hope any reader of this blog will find this useful in some way. For more information or to contact me visit our homepage: I hope you live your passion. SLV Global offer opportunities to mental health volunteers psychology graduates from around the world to get some valuable and practical psychology work experience. For more information on SLV Global, visit    
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