I provide different types of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) including pure CBT (i.e. Beckian CBT); Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT); Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills-training (DBT) and Mindfulness based CBT. I also provide EMDR for people presenting with past traumas.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapies (including Mindfulness, CFT and DBT skills-training)
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.
Sometimes people feel distressed but cannot put their finger on why this is as they do not feel that there have been any particularly distressing life experiences to warrant this. This is not uncommon and part of the work in therapy is to help you to uncover any subtle links between your experiences, thoughts, behaviours and emotions. Indeed helping someone to get to the bottom of the "why me" question is often an extremely helpful part of therapy. However, after spending a bit of time on understanding how the problem developed we then turn our attention to improving the here-and-now.
Forms of CBT that I use include Compassionate 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.
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.
I have additional training in 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.