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Shilton Therapy

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Our Philosophy

The goals of Shilton Therapy are to help to achieve a common goal in relationships, work, mental health, addictions and the impacts of these in daily life.  

Shilton Therapy is committed to helping achieve a balance in daily life, with overcoming hardships and unforeseen circumstances, through a therapeutic process.


The work explored in sessions involves aiding individuals in solving their real-life problems and teaching them to modify their distorted thinking, dysfunctional behavior, and distressing affect. Shilton Therapy treatments are on the basis of a motivational formulation of clients’ concerns and an ongoing individualized cognitive conceptualization of clients and their difficulties. A developmental framework is used to understand how life events and experiences led to the development of core beliefs, underlying assumptions, and coping strategies, particularly in clients with mental health concerns and addictions. 


A strong therapeutic alliance is a key feature of therapy. Shilton Therapy uses a collaborative approach with clients and service providers. Client and therapists make mutual decisions about how time will be spent in a session, which problems will be discussed, and which homework assignments clients believe will be helpful. Clients are engaged in a process of investigating the validity of the client’s thoughts and beliefs; therapy is educative, and clients are taught cognitive, behavioral, and emotional-regulation skills so they can, in essence, regain control of their thought process.


Therapists explore client's goals at the beginning of treatment. They explain their treatment plan and interventions to help clients understand how they will be able to reach their goals and feel better. At every session, they cliet and help patients ientolve problems that are of greatest distress. They do so through a structure that seeks to maximize efficiency, learning, and therapeutic change. Important parts of each session include a mood check, a bridge between sessions, prioritizing an agenda, discussing specific problems and teaching skills in the context of solving these problems, setting of self-help assignments, summary, and feedback.