Psychological Therapies

I use the following evidence-based psychological interventions:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a talking therapy that focuses upon thoughts, feelings and behaviour.  The basic principle of CBT is that the way we think, the way we feel, what we do and how our body feels are all connected.  Making changes in one of these areas can lead to significant improvement in the other areas and, most importantly, can lead to an improvement in the way you feel. 

Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR aims to reduce distress related to a traumatic event.  It has been found to help people with a variety of difficulties including: childhood or adult trauma (e.g. abuse, bullying, experience of assault or accidents etc.), phobias, depression, panic attacks, performance anxiety, self esteem and confidence issues, and pain.

Our brains catalogue and file away memories a bit like how books are stored in a library.  Events like an accident, violence or abuse can be so overwhelming that the memory is not stored properly.  The memory is not processed in the normal way and is not filed away.  This means that more things can trigger the traumatic memory, causing it to ‘replay’ as if it were happening again.  This means that we keep reliving the distress we have experienced.  EMDR works by allowing the brain to process the memory so that it can be stored away properly.  This can make the memory or problem less painful or intense.

Integrative Psychotherapy

Integrative psychotherapy combines different therapeutic approaches and tools to fit the needs of the individual person.  An integrative approach can be used to treat a wide array of psychological problems.  This is useful because a single approach to psychotherapy does not always provide the most benefit. 

I can draw from a variety of psychological models including CBT, Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), systemic and psychodynamic approaches.

Mindfulness

Most of us spend much of our time either thinking about things that have happened in the past or worrying about things that may happen in the future.  This can cause us a lot of distress and it is this that can be at the basis of many psychological problems. 

Learning to pay more attention to the world around you and your own thoughts and feelings in the present moment can reduce our level of distress and improve our mental wellbeing.