It is normal to experience difficulties from time to time and sometimes it is not possible to share problems with family and friends. People from all walks of life choose to pursue psychological therapy for a variety of reasons from specific problems to relationship difficulties or a desire to develop more self-awareness. There are many types of therapy and some are more suitable than others for specific problems. The outcome of therapy can also be determined by personal choice: one approach might suit you more than another
From our session first you will begin a process of Exploration, Developing Insight and ultimately Freeing Yourself of the difficulties that are impacting on your life and you can choose how you wish to do this. This process underpins ALL successful therapy. I am able to tailor your therapy to suit your personal needs and can offer the following:
Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)
Recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of a variety of problems including:
•Anxiety (including social anxiety, performance anxiety, health anxiety etc)
•Depression (mild to moderate)
•Post-traumatic stress disorder
•Addiction (for further information see below)
CBT is a versatile approach, which explores the connection between how we think, feel and behave. It is not necessary to delve deeply into past issues and the focus of the sessions is on what maintains the problem in the here and now.
Mindfulness is about being fully in the moment, aware and non-judgemental. The goal is to accept oneself/others and not engage with patterns of thinking and behaving that can be harmful to us. It is particularly helpful in managing stress and low self-esteem but can be helpful to most people. This type if therapy is also recommended by NICE and has quite a considerable evidence base. It can be combined with CBT and/or other therapies.
Our brains naturally focus on the negative and we are often accompanied by a critical inner voice which offers a running commentary as we go about our daily live. CBT is primarily focused on thinking and behaviour change but CFT looks at the emotion behind people’s thoughts. By helping people to feel compassion positive physiological changes occur in your body in much the same way that just imagining your favourite food can make your mouth water. In therapy you will learn about why CFT works and will also learn tools to help you to help yourself.
This focuses on the role of early experiences, drawing on psychoanalytic theory to help people understand the roots of emotional distress. Often when problems are longstanding in nature, there are relationship/interpersonal difficulties or when early life experiences are impacting on your life it can be beneficial to explore experiences. The aim for your therapy might be to find a way to lessen the impact on your life NOW and to enable you to make different choices.
Anyone who is seeking therapy for addiction is encouraged to contact the service. The treatment of addiction is a specialised field and we have extensive experience of this area. Furthermore, integration of therapy can be helpful, particularly if there are underlying issues which are being masked by the addictive behaviour.
Experience and qualifications
Trained to masters level in both CBT and Integrative Psychotherapy, trained in Mindfulness and Compassion-Focussed Therapy and with 15 years experience within the NHS, addictions field and private practice, I am able offer an approach that has the flexibility to suit individual needs. A full and detailed assessment is undertaken, treatment goals are agreed to ensure that we are on the right track and we will discuss the treatment approach to suit you. This is an entirely confidential and collaborative process.
Medico-legal work is undertaken and we are also happy to liaise with your employers if they have agreed to fund therapy on your behalf. I am a member of both the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists and the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists. Training packages for employers in respect of addiction are also offered.
All enquiries are welcome and we will endeavour to offer a face to face appointment within 10 days subject to availability