Areas of expertise
I provide psychological therapies recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for a range of difficulties. I specialise in trauma (PTSD), but I also work with people suffering with OCD, anxiety, phobias, low self-esteem, CPTSD and health anxiety. Often these difficulties will stem from a form of trauma too.
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. You do not need a diagnosis to work with me.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapies (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 and introducing skills to manage them differently.
Forms of CBT that I use include Compassion Focused Therapy; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Mindfulness, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills.
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. However, longer-term work is sometimes required for chronic or severe difficulties.
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.