How I can help
I provide help for people in psychological and emotional distress where they are stuck for viable solutions or ways forward. You may find your emotions or behaviour difficult to comprehend, or that your reactions seem out of proportion.
I am a specialist in helping people overcome fears, trauma, addictive behaviours, anxiety, depression, phobias & confidence issues.
The psychological therapies I use
For one-to-one psychological treatment, I use the following therapies
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Recognise links, challenge thoughts
CBT helps people notice the links between environmental triggers, negative thoughts, intense feelings, physical changes and unhelpful behaviour. Provides a method for challenging negative thoughts and thereby reducing intense feelings and changing behaviour. It is usually offered to people who are anxious and/or depressed. See CBT on www.nhs.uk for further information.
Cognitive Analytical Therapy
Break free from destructive patterns
CAT is used where a person finds themselves trapped in repetitive self limiting or destructive patterns in their day to day lives and relationships which maintains their unhappiness. This is usually provided in a 16 session package. See www.acat.me.uk for further information.
Eye movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing
This is a powerful and effective method for addressing and resolving psychological trauma that is causing ongoing distress. It uses eye movements whilst thinking about the past traumas experienced which enables your natural automatic adaptive corrective processing to become freed up so that this psychological adjustment can happen and resolve the trauma. See www.emdrassociation.org.uk for further information.
Mentalisation Based Therapy
Manage overwhelming feelings
Mentalisation Based Therapy aims to help people develop their capacity to recognise, name, understand and cope with their feelings when they become highly distressed/ emotional, find it difficult to be in control, react calmly and rationally. It is based on the broad notion that past disruptions in early attachment relationships e.g. with parents, have led to difficulties managing emotionally challenging experiences.The therapeutic principles and techniques are very useful in 1:1 work which aim to help the individual clearly understand how they are reacting in day to day situations and how best to cope with them.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Regain control of extreme emotion
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy was developed to help people who experience extreme emotions and often find themselves in a crisis with urges to suicide or self harm, develop coping skills, regain control, manage their urges to self harm and improve their quality of life. Weekly 1:1 sessions are provided in which the client is expected to discuss instances where their target problems arise, with a view to identifying the causal chain which has triggered them, to discuss which of the coping skills can be used to tackle them so that they can use these in practice when the target problem next arises. The broad aim is to gain emotional control and thereby avoid being in crisis, thus allowing the individual to focus on their day to day lives.
Live in the
here and now
Mindfulness refers to being present in the here and now and fully engaged with whatever you are doing in the moment. And free from distraction or judgmental thoughts, whilst being aware of our thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them. We can train ourselves to be in this in moment-to-moment awareness with regular practice (mindfulness exercises) which helps us be mindful more of the time, which is particularly helpful when faced with challenging circumstances, situations and psychological distress. Mindfulness has been found to be enhance the effectiveness of established therapies such as CBT and is widely used.
I also employ concepts and tools from a range of other therapies to meet specific needs/ goals. These other therapies include Mentalisation Based Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
What makes me different
Most therapists are trained in one discipline, and don't guide you to find the best psychological therapy for you. I am an agnostic expert, who will put you and your needs first, not my own. What makes me different is I help people in the first instance gain an understanding of what their problem is, and how it has most likely arisen. I believe this is a key vehicle for change, enabling you to see how your issues can be dismantled and resolved, in a focused, targeted and time efficient way.
Why talking therapies?
Talking therapies use psychological ideas to reflect on mental and emotional problems like stress, anxiety and depression, to then find ways of reducing these problems. Clinical Psychologists use a range of different types of talking therapy to help you find answers to the problems you're having.
For some problems and conditions, one type of talking therapy may be better than another or require using a combination of different approaches.
Different talking therapies also suit different people.
I'll be able to advise and guide you to what will best work for you.