CREATE POSITIVE CHANGE
WITH EXPERT PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY AND COACHING
I help clients overcome:
ANXIETY, PANIC AND WORRY
DEPRESSION AND LOW MOOD
PERFECTIONISM / PROCRASTINATION
LOW SELF ESTEEM
COPING WITH LOSS AND ADVERSITY
PTSD AND TRAUMA
I help couples to:
COMMUNICATE MORE EFFECTIVELY
BUILD POSITIVE BEHAVIOURS
INCREASE COUPLE SATISFACTION
CHALLENGE PROBLEMATIC BELIEFS
BREAK UNHELPFUL CYCLES
TAKE COMMITTED ACTION
COPE WITH INFIDELITY AND OTHER MAJOR IMPASSES
I help individuals to:
GAIN IN-DEPTH UNDERSTANDING
OF THEIR PERSONALITY
EXPLORE GOALS AND VALUES
ELIMINATE NEGATIVE THINKING, AND NEGATIVE PREDICTIONS
ACHIEVE GREATER LIFE SATISFACTION
DEVELOP RELEVANT SKILLS (e.g. PUBLIC SPEAKING, EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE)
MOVE TOWARDS A DESIRED FUTURE
Individual Therapy - Issues I can help you with
Anxiety, Panic and Worry. Therapy can help you to manage worries, overcome panic attacks and experience less anxiety (and fear of anxiety). Includes Generalised Anxiety, Panic, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Phobias, Body Image Anxiety, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Depression, Low Mood and Lack of Motivation. Therapy can help you to understand why you are feeling depressed and what is preventing you from recovering. It can help you manage feelings of sadness/emptiness /helplessness, tackle intense self-criticism and assist you in regaining feelings of pleasure/satisfaction and motivation.
Sleeping difficulties. Therapy can help you understand your sleeping difficulties and what is getting in the way of refreshing sleep. Behavioural and cognitive change strategies can help you to experience improvements both in the duration and quality of your sleep.
Perfectionism and Procrastination. Clinical Perfectionism is increasingly recognised by Psychologists as a key causal and maintaining factor in many different conditions. Clients often do not recognise that they have aspects of Perfectionism. Therapy can help you retain your high standards but reduce unhealthy levels of Perfectionism. Procrastination can be a related issue which interferes with wellbeing and life satisfaction.
Low Self Esteem and Imposter Syndrome. Therapy can help you understand why you developed negative beliefs about yourself and can help you to develop more positive and realistic self-beliefs. A related theme is “Imposter Syndrome” which I often come across. A person may have excelled in their academic and professional lives but persistently feel that they are somehow lacking and will be “found out”, leading them to experience anxiety.
Coping with Loss and Adversity. People experience loss at different points in their lives from bereavements and the end of relationships, to the loss of valued roles and employment. This can also include the onset of illness/disability. Losses can be incredibly painful and difficult to manage. Therapy can help you to “make space” for the pain and the problem whilst also “putting it in it’s place” so that you can live a satisfying life in spite of the loss. A related area is coping with life transitions (moving house, parenthood, retirement etc).
Relationship Difficulties. Therapy can help you understand relationship patterns and identify what you want and need in a relationship. It can also help you to improve current relationships and overcome current relational difficulties. Therapy can help you forge more satisfying relationships and overcome painful feelings of loneliness and hopelessness. It can help you work through difficult break-ups, trust issues and relationship dissatisfaction.
PTSD and Trauma. Therapy can help you to overcome the effects of trauma and symptoms of PTSD. These include intrusive distressing thoughts or images, beliefs about the trauma (and yourself in relation to it), emotional avoidance, nightmares, jumpiness and disconnection from others.
Individual Therapy - Treatments offered
I specialise in psychological treatments that have been scientifically proven to work:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Traditional CBT is a well known type of therapy that has been shown to be highly effective at treating a wide range of psychological issues from generalised anxiety to low self esteem. CBT focuses on helping you to learn how your thoughts and beliefs influence your emotions and behaviours as well as giving you powerful techniques and tools to overcome these psychological difficulties.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is a branch of CBT known as “third wave”. It focuses on processes of thinking and feelings rather than targeting the content of thoughts. ACT explores how thoughts and feelings influence behaviour in both helpful and unhelpful ways. This approach aims to develop a patient's skills in relating to feelings and thoughts in more adaptive ways. ACT aims to help people attain a more meaningful and values-drive life (and thereby greater life satisfaction).
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a a structured therapy which was originally developed for the treatment of PTSD. EMDR is typically delivered once per week for a total of 6-12 sessions. In EMDR the patient is encouraged to focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements). Treatment has been shown to be associated with a reduction in the level of vividness and intensity of emotion associated with the traumatic memories.
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
Compassion toward the self and other people is an emotional skill which is considered by Psychologists to be a crucial aspect of good mental health. CFT incorporates theories and techniques from various schools of psychology including developmental psychology, social psychology, attachment theory, neuroscience, CBT, and mindfulness. CFT helps people who struggle with unhelpful levels of self criticism through the promotion of mental and emotional healing. This is brought about through a range of in-session and between-session techniques.