About the Psychotherapist
I am a Clinical Psychologist and Therapist. I offer bespoke psychotherapy – therapy and counselling which is designed to suit you.
I have a particular interest and expertise in:
Matching therapy to your needs and goals
Young people and adults
Childhood abuse experiences
Anxiety and worry
Depression and low mood
In addition I offer supervision and medico-legal assessments in relation to personal injury.
About the therapy
There are many different forms of therapy and sometimes it can feel difficult to choose between them. I offer integrative therapy and specialise in CBT and EMDR, both are evidence based therapies, and both provide brief focused therapeutic options.
CBT explores the link between your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical experiences. Often we do things which seem to be helpful in the short term, but end up keeping the problem going. For therapy to be effective it is important to work together to clearly identify the changes you want to make and to set goals. CBT is an active form of therapy, which includes agreed activities to do between sessions to help embed change in your life.
The main features of CBT therapy:
Structure – we work together to set a plan for each therapy session. It is therefore useful as work progresses to think about what you would like to put onto the agenda for the session before you arrive
Action focused – action outside of the therapy session is a crucial part of CBT
Time limited – identifying and embedding change across a shorter time scale than other therapies
Scientific – in CBT we use lots of different methods to measure change and make sure therapy is working. We will use this information to adapt therapy if needed, and to work out if it is time to move onto the next step.
Present focused – CBT does not ignore the past because often the past helps us to understand how we feel now, however the main focus in CBT is on the present. We look at what we can do now to help move forward positively.
The main features of EMDR
EMDR involves recalling images; therefore it involves less talking than CBT. You are asked to hold the image in mind whilst the therapist uses bi-lateral stimulation – such as tracking a light from side to side, or hand held buzzers. Bilateral stimulation helps the brain to process the memory. There are frequent and regular breaks during this process to check any new thoughts or feelings that may arise and to track changes. Our brain is an adaptive processing system and EMDR is a therapy that facilities our natural tendency towards an adaptive understanding of our experiences.
How to get started
Therapy begins with an initial session, which gives you the opportunity to explore the therapy I offer in greater detail. More information about getting started is in the FAQ section