Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is offered to both adults and young people who require professional therapeutic support.  This can be either short term or more in depth when issues are deeply rooted, impacting the present and leading to moderate or severe psychological distress. It 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. As a counselling psychologist, I work in an integrative, relational and attachment focused way.

Integrative to me means having a main theoretical orientation (a Cognitive-Behavioural or CBT framework) while drawing on other relevant evidence-based psychological approaches depending on what you would like to achieve. This could include third wave CBT approaches such as Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapies (MBCT) underpinned by the core values of a Humanistic Person-Centred approach. This allows me to work flexibly across modalities, with individuals, couples and families. An attachment perspective assumes that basic emotional needs of security and support must be adequately met in order for people to learn and develop, therefore a priority is to provide a secure base from which to explore change. Relational to me means being flexible and reflexive, mindful of the network of relationships into which we are all intertwined. My aim is to make therapeutic practice collaborative and engaged ethically with each person as a unique human being.

There are also psychological treatment models that are specific to particular difficulties, for example;

Schema Therapy is a model of psychotherapy that stems from cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), designed initially for those who did not respond to classical CBT. An integration of insights, methods and  techniques derived from a range of approaches such as Attachment Theory, CBT, Gestalt and Psychoanalytic Object Relations, the intensive focus of schema therapy is on more complex, lifelong behavioural and interpersonal patterns.

Trauma-Focused Psychotherapy is offered to those who might be struggling with the impact of a traumatic event. I was fortunate to train and work within a specialist NHS trauma service, therefore privileged to gain experience working specifically with 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). EMDR can also be incorporated within trauma-focused treatment.

Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been proven effective in the safe treatment of trauma. Further information about this approach can be found at www.emdrassociation.org.uk.

Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) is a specific therapeutic approach that was designed to help those struggling with chronic or persistent depression, where depressive symptoms have persisted for more than two years duration and interfere with living a full and connected life.

Systemic Family Therapy is an option when family members wish to attend together.

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.