I work with adults who are experiencing anxiety and low mood using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).
I have found that low mood, general anxiety, stress, phobias, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, pain related to trauma, and post traumatic stress disorder can be treated effectively with CBT or EMDR.
I accept referrals from individuals, private health insurance companies, solicitors and rehabilitation companies.
All appointments last between 50 and 60 minutes.
The initial appointment
The focus of this meeting is for me to find out about the difficulty that brings you, detailed background information and what your goals for our work are. We can then discuss which psychological approach would be most effective in helping to overcome these difficulties.
I will write a brief letter or report summarizing this discussion if it is required.
In the first appointment you will have a chance to find out about me and how I work and to ask any questions.
In my work I use a variety of therapeutic approaches including:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Solution focused brief therapy
- Systemic and family therapy
CBT and EMDR are both structured therapeutic approaches which involve the setting of goals and the monitoring of therapeutic change. I find that these approaches are complimentary to each other. Both CBT and EMDR have a good evidence base and are recommended by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) as effective treatments for a wide range of difficulties.
In Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) there is an emphasis on collaboration and transparency: the first sessions will be spent learning to understand emotions, low mood and anxiety and how it affects us physically and psychologically. Subsequent sessions will focus on using cognitive (thinking and understanding) and behavioural strategies to help diminish the power of the specific anxiety or negative thoughts. There will often be activities to practice between sessions.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is particularly useful for anxiety, pain or post traumatic stress disorder. It works on a more subconscious level. Although the first session will involve discussion and gathering of information, in subsequent sessions the focus is on helping the brain to process and accommodate thoughts, emotions and physiological experiences by following a continuous movement with the eyes. Thus in this therapy the issues do not need to be fully understood or discussed on a cognitive level. It occurs in much the same way that REM sleep is thought to help the brain to process information.CBT and EMDR are both structured therapeutic approaches which involve the setting of goals and the monitoring of therapeutic change. I find that these approaches are complimentary to each other
I find that CBT and EMDR link well with Mindfulness and I will often incorporate some Mindfulness into sessions.
Please contact me to discuss your requirements.