I use a range of psychological therapies according to presentation.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Counselling Psychology places a great emphasis on the therapeutic relationship. It is against this background that I use CBT as my primary treatment approach.

CBT is based on the theory that our thoughts (cognitions), behaviours and physiology interact to influence our emotions. Through a collaborative relationship clients are empowered to produce lasting change through achieving their agreed goals and learning skills that they will be able to use now and in the future.

CBT is now a well-established method of understanding and treating a number of psychological problems. It is recommended by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as being one of the most effective treatments for emotional and psychological problems, where anxiety or depression is the main component.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

I am qualified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This is an information processing psychotherapy that was developed to resolve psychological symptoms resulting from traumatic experiences. It is recognised as an effective treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

An integrated approach

I also incorporate other approaches as appropriate such as Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and Schema Therapy to address specific concerns.

Common emotional problems

I can assess and treat a number of emotional and psychological problems, including:

  • Depression/Low mood
  • Generalised anxiety disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Agoraphobia and other phobias
  • Panic attacks
  • Obsessions & compulsions (OCD)
  • Trauma (including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Abuse
  • Dissociation
  • Adjustment / disability
  • Work stress
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-esteem
  • Relationships