Following initial assessment, a treatment plan detailing the aims, duration, frequency and type of therapy will be agreed. These vary greatly depending on the type of difficulty somebody is experiencing, and the type of intervention agreed upon.
I draw upon a range of therapeutic approaches as a clinical psychologist, and have undertaken additional training to enhance my practice. I use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy, eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), motivational interviewing, compassion-focused therapy and cognitive analytic therapy, as well as drawing upon models of coping and adjustment, and narrative and systemic ideas.
Please see below for more details about some of the therapies I practice.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a talking therapy that can help you manage difficulties by working towards changing the way you think and behave. It is a collaberative approach, during which you will work with your therapist to recognise the ways in which your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and actions are interconnected and may be trapping you in vicous cycles. You will then work towards breaking these cycles by developing alternative patterns that help you to feel better.
CBT focusses on your current difficulties, and making changes. You will need to be committed to making small practical steps towards change by carrying out tasks between sessions.
CBT has been shown to be effective in treating many different mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, OCD, panic, PTSD, phobias. It has also been shown to be effective in helping people to manage the impact of long-term health conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome or chronic fatigue syndrome.
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
As it's name suggests, the main aims of ACT are about accepting what you are not able to control, and committing to acting in ways that improve your life and ensure that your life is as full and meaningful as possible.
ACT involves learning skills to deal with painful feelings and thoughts effectively to reduce the power that they may currently have. It also helps you to clarify the most important values in your life, and to use this understanding to ensure you are working towards living in the best way for you.
ACT has been used effectively to help people with a wide range of psychological difficulties include stress, anxiety, and depression. It can be useful in helping people to manage medical conditions including pain and long term chronic illness.
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
CAT is a collaborative, focussed therapy, aimed at exploring patterns in the way we relate to others, ourselves and the difficulties we experience. These patterns have developed in the context of our lives so far, and are often played out in many aspects of our current lives.
Using a CAT approach allows people to explore the patterns that may be contributing to their distress, and work towards alternatives that can enhance psychological wellbeing, quality of life and reduce distress.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to recover from difficulties that have been triggered by disturbing life experiences. It allows the brain to reprocess painful memories in order to reduce the distress and suffering associated with them. EMDR is known for treating Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and can also help with many other mental health difficulties.