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Areas of expertise

I provide psychological therapy recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for a range of difficulties, with a speciality in trauma.

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Complex PTSD
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Social Anxiety 
  • Phobias 
  • Anger Management

  • Clinical Depression

  • Self-harm

  • Low Self-esteem

  • Stress Management
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Insomnia
If you are unsure about the nature of your difficulties or whether the therapies I offer would be right for you, please contact me to have a preliminary discussion. An initial psychological assessment can then be arranged if it seems that you are suffering from a problem that I can help with.
Therapies Provided
1. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
CBT is designed to alleviate emotional distress by exploring the close links between emotions, thoughts, physical sensations and behaviours, then addressing any problematic patterns within these areas. ​

Forms of CBT that I use include Compassion Focused Therapy, where we focus on increasing your ability to self-sooth and regulate intense negative emotions; and Mindfulness, where you learn how to direct your attention towards your present-moment experience which can help you to notice and feel a choice with how to respond to unhelpful thoughts and emotions. I teach DBT skills when a client needs support to understand and tolerate intense negative emotions.
All of the above forms of therapy are referred to as a "collaborative".  This means that both the therapist and client have an active role in recovery, trying to understand the problems by working together to discover patterns and triggers and then setting between-session tasks to start to make changes towards a specified goal.  They are generally considered short-term therapies because they usually last between 8 to 20 sessions. 
2. Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is commonly used for overcoming traumas (both big and small).  Unprocessed traumatic memories often come back in the form of nightmares, flashbacks, unexplained pain or general overwhelm, especially when there are reminders of the event.  In an EMDR session we stimulate the left and right hemisphere of your brain in quick succession (known as bilateral stimulation) through rapid eye movements or sounds and this helps the brain to process the memories.  The path to recovery is considered to be similar to REM sleep, when our eyes move back and forth very quickly as we sleep, this is when we process memories of the day.  Where memories are particularly painful to revisit I have training in Flash Technique to make this feel more manageable.

I also have additional experience of Attachment Focused EMDR (AF-EMDR) which pays special attention to any difficult early-life relationships and focuses on building resilience and meeting early unmet relational needs as part of healing from the traumas.

 

 

 

 

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