The main therapy used at After Faith is CBT. This is an evidence-based therapy and it is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE for the treatment of Depression and Anxiety Disorders. Elements of the other therapies, which are mentioned below, will be incorporated into your CBT if you and your clinician feel this will be beneficial.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT looks at how our thoughts, emotions, physical symptoms and behaviours are linked together. It teaches us strategies to learn how to recognise when we are in a negative cycle of thoughts and behaviours. There is a short video available explaining CBT which is available here.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR focuses on memories of traumatic and/or stressful experiences that can contribute to psychological difficulties. It supports people to recover from symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT can help individuals to learn how to stop avoiding, denying, or struggling with their unwanted emotions and instead accept that these feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations. We will look at how you can live with these emotions without letting them prevent you from moving forward in your life.
Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is commonly used to support people experiencing emotions such as shame, self-criticism and self-hate. The process of leaving faith can lead to these emotions developing and may be reinforced by loved ones. Whilst all therapies involve an element of compassion, CFT specifically aims to support us to become more compassionate towards ourselves and others.
Training & Workshops
After Faith is aware that many services, including mental health providers, often have individuals who come to them for support relating to Apostasy. These services are usually not familiar with Apostasy or how to support individuals experiencing the difficulties that come from loss of faith. After Faith is happy to create bespoke training based on the needs of your service and deliver this to your team.
If you have a group of Apostates in your service and feel you would benefit from a workshop that covers the difficulties they are facing, After Faith is happy to speak to you about your needs and create a bespoke workshop.
Please contact us to find out more.
We acknowledge that you might not feel now is the right time to access therapy. You might need time to process your emotions. We also understand that not everyone can afford therapy. It is really important that After Faith can offer support to anyone who needs it so we have created some Webinars which you may find helpful.
Our Webinars cover a range of topics including:
Introduction to Coping with Apostasy
How To Live Your Life Following Apostasy
Decision Making Relating to Apostasy
Please click here to view our Webinars