We may all benefit from a little support from time to time when life and its demands can seem overwhelming.
Psychological Therapy is available for both adults and young people (12-18 years of age) who require professional therapeutic support for any form of emotional difficulty or mental health issue. Psychological Therapy gives an opportunity to focus on your difficulties as you see them, in a safe, therapeutic and helpful way, with the aim of improving psychological wellbeing. Therapy is structured collaboratively around what would be most helpful for you, be that short term counselling when a little extra support is needed, or more in depth psychotherapy when issues are deeply rooted, impacting the present and leading to moderate or severe psychological distress.
Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) is available to help those specifically with chronic or persistent depression, where depressive symptoms have persisted for more than two years duration.
Trauma focused therapy is offered to those who might be struggling with the after-effects of a traumatic event. I have worked within a specialist NHS trauma setting, therefore privileged to receive training and experience working specifically with severe post traumatic reactions such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex trauma reactions (where there have been multiple traumatic experiences over a longer period of time). Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) can also be incorporated.
Systemic family therapy is an option when family members wish to attend together.
These are the main therapeutic approaches that we may draw upon and use to gain insight and facilitate change.
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy for treatment of chronic depression (CBASP)
- Third Wave Cognitive Approaches (Compassion-Focused Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapies)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Person Centred Therapy
- Schema Therapy
- Systemic Therapy
- Psychoanalytic (Object Relations) Psychotherapy
How can therapy help?
Psychological therapy can prove beneficial for a broad range of issues, some of which are described here – bearing in mind that problems can overlap and co-occur:
- It may be that you have been feeling down and tearful for some time, unable to face the day or to complete simple tasks (low mood, depression, suicidal thoughts).
- You have struggled with a depressive mood for more than two years (chronic / persistent depression).
- You may have problems sleeping, eating or taking care of yourself generally.
- There may be a negative sense of yourself, your worth and your own abilities (low confidence and self-esteem).
- You may wish to explore your past and the impact it has on you in the present.
- You may find yourself fearful and worrying constantly, about life in general, the future or how others perceive you (worry, generalised anxiety, social anxiety).
- You may have lost someone close to you and finding it hard to move forward, such as a bereavement or a separation.
- A phobia has developed that is interfering with being able to live life to the full and is causing distress and extreme anxiety (specific phobias, panic, agoraphobia).
- You may be concerned by recurrent and persistent thoughts, images or impulses that cause anxiety and a drive towards compulsive, ritualistic behaviours or thoughts (obsessive-compulsive behaviour).
- You might be caught in a cycle of self-harm that is causing significant worry to those around you and creating a sense of being stuck and unable to move forward.
- There may be a general sense of not coping well, whether at work, at home, as a parent or partner.
- There are issues within the family that you would like to explore together.
- You may have received a mental health diagnosis and would like to make sense of this for yourself.
If you think psychological therapy may help or if you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Confidentiality is very important. All sessions will be conducted in confidence and this will be maintained and applied to all records in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998). The only exceptions are; if you direct me (with written consent) to inform someone else, if it is determined that you, or someone else (eg. a child or a partner) is at risk of harm, or if it is a legal requirement and I am summoned to do so (eg. to a court of law). Wherever possible, I will consult with you before breaching confidentiality and discuss this with you first of all.