Sunday, 22 September 2019

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Resilience Helps Ward Off Effects of Stress in Pregnant Women


Pregnant women with high levels of resilience appear to be more protected from the psychological and biological effects of stress, according to a new study led by the University of Granada (UGR) in Spain.

“Resilience” is defined as a person’s internal resources which can allow them to mentally and emotionally cope with a crisis or return to a pre-crisis status more quickly. This personality trait is receiving increasing attention from researchers but remains understudied in such a sensitive time of life as pregnancy.

Previous research has shown that pregnancy is a crucial period during which exposure to stress can negatively affect the health of both mother and baby. Stress has been linked to a range of negative outcomes, including premature birth or postpartum depression.

In the new study, researchers from UGR’s Mind, Brain and Behaviour Research Centre (CIMCYC) and the Faculty of Psychology analyzed for the first time the protective role of resilience during pregnancy.

The team studied the psychological state of the mother and measured the levels of cortisol in her hair, an approach that enables objective analysis of the amount of cortisol, the stress hormone, secreted by the woman in recent months.

The study involved 151 pregnant women who were evaluated in their third trimester and following childbirth on the basis of psychological variables related to pregnancy stress and also hair cortisol concentrations.

When comparing pregnant women with a high level of resilience to those with a low level of resilience, the researchers found that the more resilient participants perceived themselves to be less stressed, had fewer pregnancy-related concerns, and experienced greater general psychological wellbeing overall.

After childbirth, the more resilient women also presented fewer symptoms of postpartum depression. The cortisol hormone tests demonstrated that the more resilient pregnant women also had lower levels of the stress hormone.

Based on the findings, the team concludes that resilience exerts a clear protective role against the negative effects of stress, both psychologically and biologically.

Significantly, as these are the first-ever data on the protective role of resilience in pregnancy, the study raises questions about its potential protective role in the health of the baby – a potential area of future research.

Studies on the effectiveness of training programs designed to provide pregnant women with stress-management skills are also needed to help improve the health of both the pregnant woman and her baby.

By Traci Pedersen 
Associate News Editor


Source: University of Granada
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Thursday, 19 September 2019

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EVENT: Global Harvest Church Convention | Harvest Fire 2019


H A R V E S T F I R E 2019 πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
God is about to set 'HEARTS ON FIRE,' forge hearts of iron & set them alight. Are You Ready???
[See flyer for details]
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Harvest Fire Countdown 
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#HeartsOnFire 
#HarvestFire2019 
#GharvestChurch 
#DiscoverPurpose
#gracegrace 
#September2Remember
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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

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EVENT : Faith Worship with McKrieton & Fullness


Brace Yourself Up IBADAN!

#FaithWorship Is Simply a SPIRITUAL MEETING and A NOTABLE ONE!

WHY??
It's fine to respond by singing and showing forth our praises but much more better when we respond (do so) via FAITH reflecting in our lives (WORSHIP).

Join us in an atmosphere of 'intimate' worship and communion with the Holy Ghost 

⚠ Come with a LARGE APPETITE! Its #FAITHWORSHIP
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• Venue: The GRACELAND, TKT Event Centre, Beside Conoil, Monatan-Iyana Church Highway, Ibadan.

• Date: Thursday, 26th of Sept. 2019.

• Time: 4pm prompt.


*BE THERE!*

Come prepared and Get Ready to be TRANSFORMED by GOD!

*NB:

There will be 
FREE TRANSPORTATION from Designated Places, Sango-Poly Road.


• For Sponsorship and Enquiries: 08021284267; 08153548011
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Saturday, 14 September 2019

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Music Video: FAITHFUL GOD by Faith Ajiboye [@faithajiboye]


ABOUT

Faith Ajiboye premieres music video for worship single titled FAITHFUL GOD, off the Jubilee Album. 
One of the names of Yahweh is THE FAITHFUL GOD and as Scripture says, "But if we are faithless, He remains Faithful, He will never cease His Faithfulness to us." This song and video will continue to bless lives as we come together to worship the FAITHFUL ONE whose words are forever sure.


Click to Watch, Stream, Download, Share and be Blessed.



Lyrics:
See how you turned 
my life around 
See how you gave
me a new song
See how you changed 
my destiny
See how you made
my feet to dance
I will ever praise
This faithful God
Who lifted me
And gave me hope

Chorus:
See how you
turned me around
See how much you 
have blessed me
See how you
lifted me up
See how you dried all my tears
Oh Faithful God
Oh faithful God/2x.

Repeat Verse...
Repeat Chorus once...

Bridge:
Imela Imela
Imela Imela /3x

Repeat Chorus once...

Refrain:
Oh Faithful God
Oh Faithful God/3x

All repeat Chorus 
Oh Faithful God
Oh Faithful God/3x.

About Artiste
Nigeria’s foremost and celebrated gospel music icon, Psalmist, Song Writer, Music Mentor, Preacher, Author, Media Consultant, Hymnist, Record Label Owner and Gospel Music Minister, Dr. Faith Ajiboye, a man of many parts, who has thrilled the country for more than thirty years with more than five albums and several singles is a respected and anointed Worship Leader and Teacher.

He is the publisher of the first and widely celebrated gospel music magazine in Nigeria, first published as NEW PSALMS in 1992 and later rebranded as TODAY’S MUSIC AFRICA in 1998.

This widely circulated and read music magazine in gospel circle has featured and promoted almost all the biggest brands and names known and celebrated today in gospel music locally and internationally.

He has ministered in more than 1,500 churches locally and internationally in the last 30 years. He is an international music director of repute and an ordained minister of the gospel.

Ajiboye who now shuttles between Nigeria, United States of America, South Africa and Europe also runs an annual music/choir academy in Lagos called, "LAGOS CHOIR SEMINAR AND WORKSHOP" where he has trained well over 10,000 choristers, musicians and sound engineers. He is also a visiting music teacher in the state of New Jersey, USA.

Faith Ajiboye who has shared stage with the likes of Ron Kenoly, Donnie McClurkin, Clarence McClendon, Creflo Dollar, Panam Percy Paul and several other top local and international gospel acts is a man that carries unusual grace in worship and hymns.

He is a founding father of many gospel music organisations and notable amongst them is Kingdom Music Foundation (KMF), one of the mentoring, training and equipping umbrellas of all gospel music ministers in Nigeria. He is also the founder and organizer of one of the most prestigious gospel music awards in Nigeria, TOMA AWARDS.

As an Author, Ajiboye has written several praise and worship books including the best sellers, LET THE PRAISE BEGIN and LET'S TALK WORSHIP.

Ajiboye, who has received many accolades and several awards was on Saturday 30th November, 2013 honoured with Doctor of Divinity in Christian Gospel Music by World Evangelism Christian University, Walhalla, South Carolina, USA.

He is happily married and blessed with children.

Connect:
IG: @faith_ajiboye
FB: Faith Ajiboye 
Twitter: @faithajiboye
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New Music + Video: Ego Michael – You Are God Alone [@egomichaelmusic]


Ego Michael out with a new song “God Alone”

UK-based Gospel music artist, Ego Michael takes fans on an extraordinary worship journey in this new song and video titled 'YOU ARE GOD ALONE'.

This song which is her seventh single is inspired by the Holy Spirit to bring us to a place of thanksgiving and appreciation of God and was aptly interpreted in production by the ingenious PHAT E Production! The visuals feature grateful people of diverse races and quaint sights of nature all alluding to the greatness of God.  

According to the artiste —  "You Are God Alone is a song that purely reflects God's goodness and faithfulness in my life, my life's journey and story has been made up of series of testimonies"

Some of Ego's earlier releases included "New Dimension", "Show Me The Way" and many more.

Audio Download Link

Video link

Brief Profile about Ego Michael
Ego Michael is a Nigerian born music minister based in the United Kingdom.
The wife and mother of 2 moved to join her husband in the UK after completing her studies at the Lagos State University, Ojo campus where she bagged a degree in English language.
  
Ego is from Imo state and grew up in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria. She was born into a pastoral family as 4th born child of 6 children and has been singing since childhood from children choir. She has since gone ahead to led worship in the choir department of a few churches both in Africa and the UK.


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Twitter: Egomichaelmusic




YOU ARE GOD ALONE
LYRICS by Ego Michael

You are the lord, hey
We praise your name
Thank you lord

What is in man
That you're mindful of him?
What is in man
You came to set him free?
What is in man
You open up your heart?
What is in man
That you've given him your all?

Chorus

You are God alone
You are God alone
How great you are
You are God alone
You are God alone
You are God alone
How great you are
You are God alone

Hey JESUS
You are God
You are mighty


What is man?
That you love him so
What is in man  yeah yeah?
To stand before your throne
What is in man?
That you have raised him up
You crowned him!!
You crowned him with your glory
Your glory!!
And showered him with love
Say it!!


CHORUS

You are God alone
You are God alone
How great you are
You are God alone
You are God alone
You are God alone
How great you are
You are God alone


How great you are
How great you are
You are God alone
How great you are


You are great!!

BRIDGE

How great you are
JESUS !!
How great you are
You are mighty!!
How great you are
Awesome JEHOVAH!!
You are God alone
We praise your name!!
How great you are
We praise your holy name
How great you are
You are the GOD alone!!
How great you are
JESUS!!
You are God alone
JESUSSSSSSS!!

You are God alone
We love you!!
You are God alone
Tell him you love him!!
How great you are
You are God all by yourself
You are God alone

JESUSSSSSSS!!
You are God alone
JESUSSSSSSS!!
You are God alone
Almighty warrior
How great you are
Omega!!
You are God alone

You are God alone
You are God alone
How great you are
You are God alone,
You are God alone
You are God alone
How great you are

You are God alone
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Sunday, 8 September 2019

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Kids Flourish When Parents Are Happy, Supported


The well-being of a child’s parent or primary caregiver is one of the most important factors linked to correcting and preventing health disparities among children, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Kids from low-income or ethnic minority homes are more likely to experience worse physical health, behavioral and/or mental health problems and have substance abuse disorders.

But decades of research, including a new study by Arizona State University, show that being strongly connected to their primary caregiver can protect children from the effects of poverty, discrimination, trauma and chronic stress.

Based on this work, the recently released National Academies report prioritizes supporting primary caregivers.

“We know that a child’s primary caregiver — who is most often the mother — is a good buffer against the adversity a child might experience, and a strong relationship between caregiver and child can begin to level the playing field in terms of health disparities,” said ASU’s Dr. Suniya Luthar, who was part of the interdisciplinary 14-member committee responsible for writing the report.

She is also Foundation Professor of Psychology at ASU and professor emerita at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Along with other developmental psychologists, Luthar has consistently found that if the primary caregiver is unwell or under stress, the bond between caregiver and child can become dysfunctional and children can suffer.

The new report includes a road map of recommendations for how to address health disparities in children. The first item is the usefulness of intervening early; the second is the importance of supporting a child’s primary caregiver.

“But it is never too late to intervene,” Luthar said. She added that a strong and healthy attachment between children and caregivers  one capable of buffering against challenges like growing up in poverty or experiencing chronic stress — is possible in all kinds of families and living situations.

In 2018, fathers were the primary caregiver in 7% of American households, and the report emphasizes that understanding how best to ensure their well-being is also important.

“What mothers need and what fathers need can be very different, and what has been shown to work for supporting mothers might not work for fathers,” Luthar said. “Instead of telling parents to do this or do that, we need to start asking how we can best equip mothers and fathers, individually, for success.”

There are few evidence-based support programs designed specifically for male caregivers, but the report did mention one evidence-based program as a promising model for how to support fathers: The Family Check-Up.

Started by the late Dr. Thomas Dishion, the Family Check-Up teaches fathers and mothers parenting skills, like effective discipline methods, to help address problem behaviors in children.

The program takes a holistic, wide angle perspective to problem behaviors in children, and involves all caregivers, whether they are mothers, fathers, grandparents, or guardians.

“What is happening with the child is not just about the child: it is about the family, the school, and even the neighborhood,” said Dr. Anne Mauricio, who is an associate research professor of psychology at ASU working on scaling up the program. Mauricio said support for the caregiver is a critical part of both the program’s framework and its success.

Overall, evidence-based interventions that provide support to primary caregivers are a feasible and measurable way to leverage the caregiver-child relationship as a buffer against adversity like poverty, discrimination, trauma and chronic stress.

“The interventions just need to have the right ingredients, which are the same for low-income moms with addiction or mental health problems as they are for well-educated moms. Caregivers, just like their children, need ongoing, authentic love and support,” Luthar said.

By Traci Pedersen 

{Source: Arizona State University}



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MEAL PLAN FOR OUR GENIUS KIDS: As we PLAN FOR THEIR RESUMPTION....


#Monday:... Rice and stew/Plantain and boiled Egg...
#Snacks:... Apple/ biscuits/water inclusive 

#Tuesday:... Boiled Potato and white fried egg
#SNACKS:.... Juice and biscuits/water inclusive 

#WEDNESDAY:... spaghetti and stew with fish fried or boiled 
#SNACKS:... Diced watermelon and pineapple (depending on the fruit your child likes/water inclusive 

#THURSDAY:... Beans and Fried plantain/ boiled plantain
#SNACKS:... Gala or any thing strong (because of the beans taken, so your child will not purge)/water inclusive.

#FRIDAY:... Jollof rice and boiled egg
#SNACKS:... drink and biscuits/water inclusive.

❌NOTE..:.. Giving kids sweet is not a healthy living habit... STOP IT❌

For kids who are smaller.. add CEREALS❌ to their meals.. i.e golden mourn, cerelac etc 

❌BOILED EGG and FISH🐟 is more healthier than meat or kpomo for kids❌

Our kids... our pride.
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Saturday, 7 September 2019

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Benny Hinn Renounces His Selling of God’s Blessings. Critics Want More.


Observers take wait-and-see approach to televangelist “correcting” his prosperity gospel theology.
 { BY DANIEL SILLIMAN }


Benny Hinn says he is done with the prosperity gospel. But longtime observers are not ready to take his word on faith.

Hinn has been a leading proponent of prosperity gospel theology since the 1980s, teaching that God rewards active faith with health and wealth. But on September 2, during his 3-hour, 50-minute weekly broadcast, Hinn said he had changed.

“I am correcting my own theology and you need to all know it,” the televangelist told his studio audience and those watching online. “The blessings of God are not for sale. And miracles are not for sale. And prosperity is not for sale.”

Hinn said he now believes such give-to-get theology is offensive to God. He specifically repudiated the practice of asking for “seed money,” where televangelists tell people that God will bless them if they give a specific dollar amount. Hinn himself has done this numerous times, promising God will give material blessings in exchange for a gift of $1,000. On Monday, he said he wouldn’t do it anymore.

“I think giving has become such a gimmick,” Hinn said. “It’s making me sick to my stomach. And I’ve been sick for a while too. I just couldn’t say it. And now the lid is off. I’ve had it. You know why? I don’t want to get to heaven and be rebuked.”

Some of the Christians who have watched him closest, however, viewed the apparent renunciation with skepticism. While they want to be open to the possibility of true repentance, and say God could have changed Hinn’s heart, they are waiting for some evidence of his transformation.

“I think time will tell whether this is a minor correction, something for publicity, or the beginning of a new trajectory towards greater maturity,” said Charles Self, a professor of church history at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS). “I’m taking a wait-and-see perspective, because we’ve been down this road before.”

- Down This Road Before

Hinn rejected the prosperity gospel for the first time in the late 1980s and again in the early ’90s, and there were reports at the time that he had really changed. He went on to preach prosperity again.

Hinn has also ventured unorthodox descriptions of the Trinity, which critics called “tritheism,” but he corrected his theology when the criticism got to be too much. He joined the Assemblies of God for a while, accepting the oversight of the Pentecostal denomination, but then separated and went back out on his own.

Hinn’s financial practices have also been investigated twice by the federal government. The US Senate launched an investigation of Hinn, along with Joyce Meyer, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Paula White, and Eddie Long in 2007. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), then chair of the Senate Finance Committee, was shocked by the lavish lifestyles of American prosperity preachers, and expressed concern the IRS wasn’t doing its job enforcing existing rules against excessive compensation for leaders of religious nonprofit.

Hinn, according to some estimates, was receiving tens of millions of dollars in donations every year. He told ABC’s Nightline in 2009 that his salary was more than $500,000 annually. An exact figure is unknown. Hinn’s televangelist organization is registered as a church, so it doesn’t report any financial information to the IRS.

The Senate investigation faced sharp criticism from a number of evangelical groups, including James Dobson’s Alliance Defense Fund (now the Alliance Defending Freedom), the National Religious Broadcasters, and Christianity Today. A CT editorial called the investigation an “oversight overstep.”

The investigation ended in 2011 with no definitive findings. Hinn’s ministry, unlike some of the others, cooperated with investigators and was praised for it. Grassley’s office said the investigation was successful, despite its lack of findings, because Hinn was “instituting reforms without waiting for the committee to complete its review.” According to the senator’s official statement, “Self-reform can be faster and more effective than government regulation.”

It is not clear whether there was any self-reform, though. Hinn’s ministry is not accountable to any outside group.

Hinn’s ministry came under investigation again in 2017. The IRS raided the televangelist’s headquarters in Grapevine, Texas. The agents had a search warrant saying there was probable cause to believe they would find evidence of tax evasion and “general fraud against the government” in the ministry’s offices.


A spokesman for the IRS told CT that the agency cannot legally confirm or deny whether that investigation is ongoing.

Neither Hinn nor his spokesman could be reached for comment on Friday.

Hinn’s nephew, Costi Hinn, who has been very critical of his uncle and of the prosperity gospel, said the big, splashy “renunciation” does fit a pattern.

“Over the years, he has consistently conceded to enough of a report or an accusation to gain enough trust—as if he’s admitting to it—to gain control over the narrative. He always wants to control the narrative,” Costi Hinn said.

It’s also not clear how thorough this renunciation is. Online at Benny Hinn Ministries, a recent article says if you praise God, you will be blessed with material rewards. “As you faithfully continue to praise God, increased blessings will start to appear in your life,” it says. “Eventually, you will no longer struggle to make the house payments nor worry about getting your lights shut off.”

Hinn also critiqued the prosperity gospel in 2018, saying it had gone too far. He later explained that he wasn’t renouncing the teaching; he only felt it needed to be clarified.

On the Monday broadcast, after saying he was correcting his theology, Hinn seemed to reiterate the substance of the prosperity gospel.


“I still believe in prosperity,” Hinn said. “The message of prosperity is in the Bible. We cannot deny that if we give, we will receive. That’s in the Bible. You can’t erase it. No way. God wants to bless his people way more than you want to receive that blessing. But you can’t put a price on it.”

Costi Hinn is hopeful, nonetheless, that the “correction” is the start of a real change for the televangelist. If the transformation is real, he said he would throw his uncle a parade. But it’s difficult to take Benny Hinn at face value. Watching the recording of Monday’s statement, Costi couldn’t help but see a performance.

“It’s very sensational,” he told CT. “When we are repenting, we’re humble. We’re very low. We’re not being sensational when we repent. We’re being broken. We’re being contrite. There was a lot of showmanship in the statement.”

 - Need for Accountability

Costi Hinn said one thing he would hope to see is some measure of accountability. A board of outside overseers would go far, he said, towards ensuring this change is real.

Rusty Leonard, the founder of Ministry Watch, an independent evangelical group that advocates for financial accountability and transparency, agrees.

“Maybe it’s sincere. I’m hopeful,” Leonard said. “But right now there isn’t any corroboration. I want corroboration from a leading non-prosperity gospel pastor. It would be nice if he sat down with John Piper or someone like that, and someone like that said, ‘He’s repented.’”


Lack of accountability is one of the standard critiques of the prosperity gospel, especially from classical Pentecostals like the Assemblies of God. The denomination teaches that God does miracles today; people can be healed by faith; and it is important for Christians to pray for divine intervention. But it rejects what it sees as the facile formula of prosperity teaching.

“You’ve got to have a modicum of accountability,” said Self at AGTS. “It’s not that people have to be denominational. But when they’re on their own and they’re not correctable, that’s a deep concern.”

In his broadcast, Hinn mentioned discussing his theological change with Steve Strang, the founder and CEO of Charisma Magazine. He also reported on a recent conversation with Pat Robertson, the founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, and talked about praying with him. Hinn did not indicate that anyone would be overseeing any changes he might make to his ministry, though.

Leonard said he didn’t think it was likely to happen.


“I’m not cautiously optimistic,” he told CT. “That’s too strong. I’m whatever the opposite of that is—maybe I’m hopefully pessimistic.”
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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

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Thinking of seeing a psychologist?

Here’s how to choose the therapy best for you
 { By Timothy Carey, Flinders University}

In any year, one in five Australians will experience symptoms of a mental illness.

While drug treatments are widely used and can be effective, they sometimes come with troubling side-effects such as weight gain, headaches, and fatigue.

Talking therapies can be just as effective for a number of mental health conditions including anxiety and depression, or can be a good add-on therapy for those who are finding success with medications.

And they have the added benefit of tackling any underlying reasons why the problem arose in the first place.

- So, what are the options for treatment and how do they work?


• First, find a psychologist you click with

One of the most important aspects of psychological treatment is having an engaging relationship with your psychologist.

If you don’t “click” within the first few sessions, treatment is unlikely to be effective.

This doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you or your psychologist. It’s just that this particular relationship isn’t going to be useful – and you should seek out someone you can connect with.

• It’s also important to find the method of therapy that suits you best.

Some people, for example, like to get clear instructions and advice, while others prefer to take time to discover their own solutions. Each of these people will connect with different types of therapy and different psychologists.

So what are the key types of therapy psychologists offer and who are they best suited to?

• Cognitive behaviour therapy

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is one of the most widely used and well-known talking therapies.

CBT refers to a range of different structured approaches that are based on the assumption that the way a person feels is closely related to the way a person thinks and the way they behave.

The treatment then uses activities to target both the things people think (their cognitions) and the things they do (their behaviours).


A CBT psychologist might ask you to keep a diary of your thoughts and behaviour.  Photographee.eu/Shutterstock
To change a person’s feelings, a psychologist providing CBT will help that person engage in different activities that can help to change thinking and behaviour patterns.

A CBT psychologist might encourage a person to keep a diary, for example, of the kinds of things they think through the day. Thought diaries often follow an ABC format:

A, the activating event – the thing that made the thought happen
B, the belief – the actual thought itself
C, the consequence – how thinking that thought made the person feel.
Sometimes D and E are added:

D, some disputing the person could do – what could they think instead
E, the end result – reflecting on how this alternative way of thinking makes the person feel.
Read more:  Explainer: what is cognitive behaviour therapy?

• Acceptance and commitment therapy

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is another popular treatment that can be effective across a wide range of situations and problems.

ACT specifically targets the person’s tendency to avoid things and helps them develop greater psychological flexibility so they can pursue areas of value and live meaningful lives.

While CBT tries to change thinking and behaviour, ACT introduces the intriguing idea of people not changing their thoughts and behaviours but, rather, achieving a state of mind where they’re able to notice the problematic thoughts, images, feelings, or behaviours but not be overwhelmed or consumed by them. That’s the “acceptance” part.

ACT also encourages people to identify values that are important to them and figure out ways their day-to-day life can reflect these values. That’s the commitment part.

ACT psychologists have a range of novel and engaging activities at their disposal. An ACT psychologist might help a person visualise placing their thoughts on leaves floating down a stream. They can then watch their thoughts float by and disappear down the stream.

• Behavioural activation


Behavioural activation helps people understand the pressure points in their lives.  Arts Illustrated Studios/Shutterstock
Behavioural activation was initially developed for the treatment of depression but has since been used more widely. It involves identifying and scheduling activities that promote enjoyment or reduce stress.

Behavioural activation helps people identify things in their environment that are contributing to the problem, and the things that could really help, along with the behaviours that are associated with each of those things.

The focus of behavioural activation is on helping people develop specific goals and achievable plans that activate rewarding behaviours.

Behavioural activation can involve similar activities to CBT, with more of an emphasis on the behaviours than the thoughts. Someone engaging with a behavioural activation psychologist, for example, might spend time monitoring the activities they do throughout the day and rating each in terms of the impact it has on their mood.

• Method of levels

Method of levels is a newer and less well-known treatment but is gaining increasing interest. It focuses on the control that a person has in their life, how it was interrupted, and how it can be restored.

Method of levels has similarities with each of the other therapies but uses the conversation that develops in therapy, based on the indivdual’s perspective of their problems, as the main “technique”.

This type of therapy responds to how a person is functioning “right now” in the session as they’re talking to the psychologist.

The topic of any session is determined by the person with the problem. The psychologist focuses on the distress associated with any particular pattern of symptoms rather than the symptoms themselves.


Method of levels psychologists focus on what’s going on in the persons’s life and how their control can be restored.  Syda Productions/Shutterstock
If a person reported, for example, being highly anxious in social situations and constantly worrying about what other people were thinking of them, the psychologist would be interested in exploring what bothered the person about feeling that way, what it was interfering with, and what it was stopping them from doing.

Through these conversations, the psychologist helps people generate their own solutions to their problems rather than providing advice and guidance from their perspective.

Method of levels recognises the variability in how long it takes for people to resolve psychological and social problems and that psychological change often follows a nonlinear, unpredictable course, so it uses a patient-led approach to appointment scheduling rather than neat schedules.

What if it’s not working?

There are many more treatments available than those listed above, and many psychologists will be skilled in more than one treatment or may even combine different treatment types.

If you can find someone you relate to, who is interested in monitoring your progress on a regular basis, and who can work flexibly and responsively with you about the things you’re troubled by, it’s likely you’ll find the relief you are looking for.

But there are no guarantees. A treatment is simply a resource which people can use to help make sense of things that previously seemed senseless and to restore contentment, satisfaction, and feeling that you’re living a valued life. It’s the people who make treatments work.


If you don’t seem to be getting the results you want, it could be time to consider seeing someone else or trying a different type of therapy.
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