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Suzanne Hyde

I have a highly successful track record helping people seeking better coping skills and developing goal oriented treatment plans that ensure success. By offering a compassionate personal experience, clients report a better understanding of their strengths and opportunities for improvement and increased confidence in moving forward independently.

Eclectic therapy is a therapeutic approach that incorporates a variety of therapeutic principles and philosophies in order to create the ideal treatment program to meet the specific needs of the patient or client.

Instead of insisting upon strict adherence to one particular approach or school of thought, eclectic therapists employ elements from a range of therapeutic techniques, with the goal of establishing a course that is personally tailored to the patient or client.


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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a common type of mental health counseling. With cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a mental health counselor in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.

Cognitive behavioral therapy can be a very helpful tool in treating mental disorders or illnesses, such as anxiety or depression. But not everyone who benefits from cognitive behavioral therapy has a mental health condition. It can be an effective tool to help anyone learn how to better manage stressful life situations.


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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of psychotherapy that helps you accept the difficulties that come with life. ACT has been around for a long time, but seems to be gaining media attention lately. Categorically speaking, ACT is a form of mindfulness based therapy, theorizing that greater well-being can be attained by overcoming negative thoughts and feelings. Essentially, ACT looks at your character traits and behaviors to assist you in reducing avoidant coping styles. ACT also addresses your commitment to making changes, and what to do about it when you can't stick to your goals.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is not a long term treatment. The ACT experience of reworking your verbal connections to thoughts and feelings, known as comprehensive distancing, can be extremely helpful in the treatment of depression, anxiety and many other psychological disorders.


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Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression and chronic unhappiness. It combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness. The heart of this work lies in becoming acquainted with the modes of mind that often characterize mood disorders while simultaneously learning to develop a new relationship to them.

MBCT is an effective treatment for prevention of relapse. Research has shown that people who have been clinically depressed three or more times find that utilizing this method of therapy and learning these skills helps to reduce considerably their chances that depression will return.


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Buddhist Psychology

The Buddhist approach to the mind is, first and foremost, one of seeing its potential for development. The mind is not a fixed thing but can be developed into something far beyond its current state. Buddhist texts detail various models for facilitating this development which are so far-reaching that, if one undertakes them fully, impact on every aspect of the practitioner's life and in the end lead to a state that Buddhists call 'Bodhi' (Awakening).

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