Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based therapy widely used in the NHS. It is short-term, collaborative and usually involves tasks between sessions. It looks at the relationship between how we think, act and feel and helps us break unhelpful patterns and learn new strategies.
It is proven to help with depression as well a wide range of anxiety problems including panic attacks, phobias, worry, post-traumatic stress, OCD insomnia, low self-esteem, eating disorders, insomnia and health and social anxiety.
Schema Therapy is an integrative therapy incorporating elements of cognitive behavioural, and other psychotherapies. It helps us to understand and rework how our early experiences shape our current reactions.
It is used to treat more complex and longstanding problems that are not always reached by the “here and now” approach of CBT. It can also help with understanding relationship difficulties.
Stress Management coaching helps to identify the relationship between our situation, our thoughts, our actions and our communication styles. The aim is to recognise when our responses add to the problem – and modify them if possible. Sometimes we will look at how to deal with a difficult environment.
EMDR is an evidence-based psychological approach which uses eye movement, hand taps or sounds to increase the speed of processing traumatic memories. Sometimes feelings can briefly get stronger before they ease off, but strategies are provided to help manage this. Clients usually end up feeling less upset and affected by the memories by the end of the therapy.
What Is Therapy Like?
The initial sessions focus on finding out about you and the problems you want to tackle. As it progresses, the therapy can involve keeping diaries, learning and practising strategies, facing difficult memories or feelings and sometimes it takes courage. However it’s often less difficult than you think. I support and challenge my clients with warmth, understanding and an experienced guiding hand.