Evidence based therapy to support you to better understand your difficulties and develop coping strategies to reduce symptoms and improve your quality of life. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is proven to be as effective as medication in the reduction of depression and anxiety disorder symptoms. Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) is a highly effective intervention in the treatment of trauma. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a recommended treatment for psychological distress associated with long-term health conditions and substance misuse. I have extensive experience in the treatment of Addictive behaviour. I am also a qualified Psychodynamic counsellor. I offer a range of interventions and techniques to support you to feel better. If this sounds like something you may find helpful, 'Lets take a journey to a new understanding!’
CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It is a form of psychotherapy that puts change at the heart of treatment. Mood is understood as being fueled by the way we think and behave. By talking about what you are finding difficult CBT can provide an opportunity to understand the problematic cycles you have become stuck in and identify how to interrupt them. By exploring negative thinking styles and any unhelpful behaviours we may be able to discover more positive and helpful responses to … Read more...
Eye Movement and Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) is a highly effective treatment for psychological distress following traumatic experiences. It focuses on processing traumatic thoughts, feelings and physiology to develop an adaptive understanding of the event thus reducing symptoms. The individual accesses the traumatic memory and by using eye movements or bilateral stimulation moves the fragmented information into the thinking brain that is better able to make sense of the experience.
EMDR therapy uses a 3 pronged approach:
- Past events are explored to understand the roots of the current distress
- Current dysfunction is targeted to relieve symptoms and triggers
- Future templates are developed to support adaptive responses to potential distressing situations
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of psychotherapy that uses 6 core techniques to support individuals toward psychological flexibility. In other words being able to respond to the present moment more flexibly, with less distress and difficulty. Using the individuals values as a guide, behaviour is modified to move further toward what is important to them. Thoughts are moved away from the constraints of the mind and observed more curiously. The 6 key processes are detailed in the ACT Hexalflex below and include; Acceptance, Values, Present Moment, Committed Action, Self As Context and Cognitive Defusion. It is a treatment used in the NHS to support patients suffering with psychological distress deriving from living with long-term health conditions. However, it a versatile intervention used to treat many mood difficulties.
Psychodynamic counselling is a type of talking therapy that can give you a space to make sense of difficulties you might be having by speaking about them with a therapist. Psychodynamic theory suggests that experiences of significant people in our childhood form how we see ourselves and others and continue to influence us throughout our lives. Therapy offers you an opportunity to explore some of these experiences and understand how they are impacting you today. The main focus of psychodynamic work is often the way we relate to others, as this is believed to be a key source of difficulty in a person’s life. By looking at 3 key areas counselling aims to identify patterns in the ways you relate to others; 1) Childhood experiences with parents or care givers enables you to identify where these patterns may have originated. 2) Exploring relationships you have with people outside of … Read more...
Whether it be food, alcohol, shopping, drugs, gambling, cleaning, money, sex, porn, exercise or staying busy, we ALL engage in behaviours that help us to deal with the difficulties that life throws at us, however when these behaviours become more problematic than helpful it might be time to find a new approach. If this sounds like you 'Let's take a journey to a new understanding'. Addiction Sessions I have extensive experience of working with individuals who engage in unhelpful, addictive behaviours so I am able to provide support and understanding by … Read more...