Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnotherapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the most widely accepted evidence-based psychological therapies available today.
Emma comes twice a week to run CBT groups and individual sessions. This form of therapy allows us to uncover deeply held beliefs which influence negative thinking, behaviours and emotions. Then we examine the beliefs logically and pragmatically, looking at their validity, whether they belong to us or come from the influence of others. In that process of examining, the unhealthy belief starts to break apart, lose power, and becomes disrupted. This allows for distance and perspective to come into play and prepares the ground for new, clearer, healthier ways of thinking.
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy
Similar techniques are use in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy where gentle hypnotherapy techniques are used to induce greater relaxation to help the process.
Yoga teacher Gunn believes that yoga, breathing techniques and meditation have the capacity to bring about profound improvements in wellbeing, physical health and quality of life. This is one of the more challenging but at the same time rewarding groups we offer, and it has spiritual as well as physical benefits.
Qi Gong is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. It seeks to cultivate and balance 'Chi', or what has been translated as "intrinsic life energy". Typically a Qi Gong practice involves rhythmic breathing coordinated with slow stylized repetition of fluid movement, a calm mindful state, and visualization of guiding Chi through the body. Qi Gong is now practised throughout China and worldwide, and is considered by some to be exercise, and by others to be a type of alternative medicine or meditative practice. Our weekly group is run by Natasha.
Conxi is a trained homeopathic practitioner. She conducts one-to-one sessions with members where together they will examine symptoms and conditions. She will give advice, and offer homoeopathic pills and remedies. She has deep experience in the field, and commits a great deal of time, effort and attention to each individual.
This therapy involves applying needles into the skin in order to stimulate certain points on the body. It is a characteristic component of traditional Chinese medicine and one of the oldest healing practices in the world. According to traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of 'Chi' through special channels. Sarah, our acupuncturist, specializes in acupuncture of the the human ear. The ear contains five different regions which correlate to different parts of the body, and she applies needles to the pressure points in order to create a feeling of relaxation and balance.
Cooking for Independent Living
When members move away from shelters into independent accommodation we like to make sure they have at least some of the skills to make a success of their new home. In that context we offer Cooking for Independent Living, which focusses on healthy, simple ingredients which are easy to cook and fit in with a limited budget. Eggs, soups, pasta and rice can all be the basis for simple but nutritious meals and learning to throw a dinner together easily is a valuable skill to master.
Nutrition Group and Nutritional Supplements
Adriana comes once a week with a range of fresh produce she sources from Portobello Market. Each week the group focusses on a recipe which is directly related to the health of one part of the body; for instance digestion, coronary or visual health. The group discuss the ingredients, how they help long term health, and how they can prepared.
At the same time some peoples diets are lacking in essential oils and minerals. The foods that these nutrients are found in are not necessarily part of the regular diets of some of our members, and these can be costly as supplements. With this in mind, we have begun to provide these oils in capsule form as well as in natural ingredients such as nuts and seeds. The process of offering supplements also has the effect of concentrating attention on health matters and the importance of what we put into our bodies.
Reflexology has been defined as 'A natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears and their referral areas within zone related areas, which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes without the use of tools, crèmes or lotions, the feet being the primary area of application, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body'. Our reflexologist Gretchen comes once a week and gives wonderful hand massages which focus on the pressure points. This leaves everyone who takes part, be they members, staff and volunteers alike feeling relaxed refreshed and rejuvenated.
Health Trainers provided by the NHS carry out extensive tests including testing for risks of stroke, dementia, heart disease, diabetes, kidney and liver diseases. They provide help and advice to improve health outcomes and lifestyle goals including healthy eating, quitting smoking, mental and emotional wellbeing and connection to other NHS bssed services.
Shiatsu is a type of alternative medicine consisting of finger and palm pressure, stretches, and other massage techniques that generates relaxation and a sense of wellbeing. Shiatsu is used as a way to help people relax and cope with issues such as stress, muscle pain, nausea, anxiety, and depression. Imogen, our Shiatsu practitioner, has many years of experience working with people who have issues with drug and alcohol addiction.