About the Psychotherapist
I am a Clinical Psychologist and Therapist. I offer bespoke psychotherapy – therapy and counselling which is designed to suit you.
In addition I offer medico-legal assessments in relation to personal injury and clinical supervision.
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.
The main features of CBT therapy:
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. It is useful as work progresses to think about what you would like to put onto the agenda for the session before you arrive. Action outside of the therapy session is a crucial part of CBT. CBT works to identify and embed change across a shorter time scale than other therapies. In CBT we use 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. CBT does not ignore the past. Often the past helps us to understand how we feel now; however, the main focus for CBT is the present. We look at what we can do now to move forward positively.
The main features of EMDR
Our brain is an adaptive processing system and EMDR facilities our natural tendency towards an adaptive understanding of our experiences. EMDR is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy. It is a proven evidence based therapy. EMDR involves recalling images; therefore, it can involve 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.
How to get started
Therapy begins with an initial session, which gives you the opportunity to explore the therapy in greater detail. More information about getting started is in the FAQ section