Any type of therapy is intended to relieve or heal some form of distress, whether it be in relation to the body or mind. Where Physio or Physical therapy is geared towards the body via movement, Talking therapy or Psychological therapy is geared towards healing the mind through verbal expression.
Mabadiliko Therapy holds a worldview, whereby significant consideration is given to your ancestral origins as well as cultural and spiritual influences, no matter where in the world you are born and/or raised. The belief that these elements influence your mental health experiences has inspired the Four Pillars of M.I.T (culture, ethnicity, identity and spirituality).
The pillars are used as a framework when assisting with the healing process of your mind, helping you find the pieces of your puzzle that make you feel whole.
Our intercultural approach is an integration of African-centred philosophy and culturally sensitive psychotherapy (Intercultural Therapy).
The following psychological therapies are also integrated into our approach.
A combination of an array of psychological and theoretical concepts and therapeutic approaches are used to aid the healing process which include but are not limited to:
Cultural Psychology; which takes into consideration your ethnicity, cultural heritage, and spiritual beliefs, and acknowledges that your culture influences psychological and behavioural tendencies, which have an impact on the psyche and mental health experiences.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT); which aims to identify negative patterns of thought that may cause feelings of stress, anxiety or persistent low mood. It can help to modify your thinking patterns to achieve positive cognition's and can be integrated into the psychotherapy process, or can be a self-help therapy often offered through the NHS in the UK.
Existential Therapy; is focused more on the here and now rather then past experiences, although the impact of past experiences is given some consideration. This approach uses a philosophical perspective to explore difficulties and encourages individuals to take ownership of their lives authentically rather then superficially.
Person-Centered Therapy; is at the center of ethical therapeutic practice and consists of the three core conditions taken from the main principles of Carl Rogers' Person- Centred approach. At Mabadiliko Therapy there is an expansion upon these conditions with a more authentic cultural perspective.
Transactional Analysis (TA); analytically explores the way people communicate with each other considering three primary 'Ego states'. TA theory suggests that people transact (communicate) in either Parent, Adult or Child states, especially during times of conflict or uncomfortable situations. When adults communicate with each other as if they are a Parent or a Child, unhelpful responses often occur.
TA is incorporated to enable clients to develop better communication skills, by enhancing Adult-to-Adult transactions; especially when working through common relationship issues including unhealthy family dynamics.
Transpersonal Therapy; is fundamentally spiritually based in the sense that experiences outside of the physical realm (body and mind) is given great consideration. The state of one's spirit, their spiritual journey or life's purpose is considered within the healing process.
Psychodynamic approaches; analytically explores levels of consciousness and the effects of past experiences that may be manifesting in the present. Insights are given to enhance understanding which enables change and personal growth, by bringing unconscious processes into conscious awareness.
At Mabadiliko Therapy Psychodynamic approaches are also used to establish attachment styles, personality types, 'left or right thinking' in relation to 'splitting' as a primary defence mechanism or coping strategy; and much more.
This list is not exhaustive, therapy is tailored to accommodate individual therapeutic needs throughout the different stages of the therapeutic process irrespective of identity, ethnicity, gender or religious/spiritual beliefs.
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African-Centred Intercultural Therapy (ACIT)
An eclectic approach integrating African-centred thought and Intercultural psychotherapy, which addresses
culture, ethnicity, identity and spirituality (CEIS),
when working therapeutically to support individual
mental health needs.
The psychological impact of issues that affect racialised and minoritized groups are also observed through a
trauma informed lens.
These elements are integral to working with persons from minority ethnic groups.