Advanced Psychotherapeutic Interventions – 3rd wave therapy

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Life in general has become increasingly stressful and by the looks of it, this stress would increase with every generation. A decade ago, a person seeing a psychologist/psychiatrist would be for some serious diagnosable mental health issue. But today, due to the fast paced life, a typical client walking in any psychological clinic has significantly altered. He is now struggling to cope with what life is throwing at him, from work, to family, parenthood and so on. Hence, leaving them to struggle with emotions like, sadness, anger, conflicts, and anxiety to name a few.
Keeping this in mind, The Mind Research Foundation did not limit themselves to particular school/generation/wave of thought, but believes in integration of what best works for the client, that is, in an eclectic approach. We follow the theoretical framework of psychological interventions and treatment but we also believe in Research, which is more scientific and rigorous in approach. Hence, the principles and interventions of some schools get encompassed, as they have a firm footing in bringing the desired results and some would have to be plummeted, if it is not being supported by research. Therefore, leading to a more evidence based approach which is followed by the organization.

3rd Wave Therapy
If we look back, we have 1st generation/wave of therapy called the Behavioral therapy which focused much on objectively and scientifically understanding the psychological problems and solving it my modifying the behaviors. The 2nd generation/wave, was an improvement on the previous one, called the cognitive behavioral therapy. The focus is interpretation and modification of maladaptive thoughts, schemas or belief system of the person.
The problem with these approaches were the assumptions that negative or distressing thoughts/emotions should be changed in order to bring a balance or holistic wellbeing of the person. They assumed that reduction of existing symptoms of stress/ emotional dysfunction is an outcome of prioritizing overall wellbeing. This postulation was challenged by the 3rd wave therapy, making awareness and acceptance, the key factors rather than just negative thoughts. They abandon the old concepts of traditional CBT informed by developing research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience and welcomed concepts of metacognition, acceptance, MINDFULNESS, personal values and spirituality into the existing CBT. The focus shifted from elevating the psychological/emotional symptoms which was now considered to be a “side-benefit to “holistic wellbeing”.

3rd wave therapies are not just a deviation from the original cognitive behavioral therapies but an addition to the same.
Seven main categories of the 3rd wave therapy are:

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Compassionate mind training (CMT)
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
  • Metacognitive therapy (MCT)
  • Behavioural activation (BA)
  • Functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP)

4 Pillars
The distinction here is not for the clients but for the interventionists as we believe in not just providing treatment to a problem for example, depression but also offering a holistic wellbeing approach to the client.