Therapy

Clinical  psychologists are trained in a number of different evidence based psychological models.  These can be offered on a short term or long term basis.  I work integratively to best meet your needs but the models I predominantly draw on are:


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)


CBT focuses on current difficulties and looks at practical ways to overcome problems. It helps you to identify unhelpful patterns of thinking with the premise that our thoughts and behaviours have an effect on each other. Through changing the way we think or behave in a situation, we can change the way we feel and can break negative vicious cycles.


Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)


MBCT combines mindfulness techniques such as breathing exercises with elements from cognitive therapy to help you discover what makes you vulnerable to downward spirals, and why you get stuck at the bottom of the spiral.  MBCT invites people to pay attention to the present moment rather than be caught up with worries about the past or future. It also encourages people to develop a greater awareness of their bodies so they are able to identify stress and worries before they take hold. 


Schema Therapy (ST)


ST is an integrative model of treatment that helps with life long patterns rather than current situations.  In comparison with standard cognitive therapy, schema therapy probes more deeply into early life experiences. It utilises experimental, cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal techniques, which promotes higher levels of affect in sessions and is somewhat longer-term. 


Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.

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