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Therapies I Offer

Due to the nature of my trainings I am able to work very flexibly and offer a range of therapies to meet the needs of people with a very wide spectrum of difficulties.

I offer a broad range of psychological interventions (individual, couple, group therapies) includingclick on the headings to expand the sections below

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

A brief psychotherapy (12-20 sessions) first developed and shown to be effective in relation to major depression and, later, eating difficulties as well. The main focus is upon current problems occurring in the interpersonal realm, including both loss and lack of relationships, rather than symptoms or historical difficulties. With this approach the agreed number of sessions is fixed.  

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

A form of well researched psychological therapy which is structured, present-focused, time-limited, problem-solving, and goal-orientated. A particular emphasis is put upon the ways in which types of thinking (cognition) negatively influence feelings and behaviours which themselves then become part of a negative cycle. This approach is psychoeducational and collaborative in nature. The client is required to work actively within and between sessions in order to learn and practice new and more helpful responses to events they encounter in their lives.    

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy developed to resolve symptoms resulting from extremely distressing and unresolved life experiences. It was designed to resolve trauma-related disturbances which are believed to result from emotionally overwhelming events being ‘unprocessed’ such that they continue to be experienced as threats in the present rather than memories of the past. This approach is carefully structured to address past, present, and future aspects of such unprocessed events. It utilizes the brain’s, and entire body’s, natural healing capacity through stimulating the interaction of both halves of the brain, often, but not always, by way of eye-movements. This occurs in a manner that enables memories that have become isolated, frozen and reactive to finally be processed. This leads to emotional resolution. It is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as an effective intervention for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which results from extremely distressing and often life-threatening experiences. These include combat stress, torture, road traffic accidents as well as different forms of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Experiences of trauma of varying severity often lie behind other presentations, including depression and anxiety, and these can be processed effectively using this careful, structured approach in which the client’s sense of safety and control is paramount.

Compassion Focused Therapy

Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) is an integrative psychological therapy that brings together Western science and some traditional Eastern practices in order to increase compassion for self and others and to decrease the self-criticism and shame that underlies many common mental health problems. It leads to symptomatic improvements and enhanced well-being. This approach has been mostly developed by Professor Paul Gilbert who received an OBE for his work.

Action Methods

Action Methods comprise carefully chosen and safe forms of symbolization, body movement, physical enactment, role play, and other kinds of non-verbal expression, to enable both conscious and unconscious processing within a broad range of individual and group psychotherapies. These methods are largely derived from the field of Psychodrama, a well-established form of psychotherapy developed by J.L. Moreno.

  • Grief Therapy
  • Psychological therapy for psychosis

to address an extensive range of presenting problems including:

  • Anxiety related issues, including social anxiety, phobias, and  post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression (including ‘high risk’)
  • Psychosis
  • Complicated grief
  • Existential issues
  • Medically unexplained symptoms
  • Relationship difficulties

Areas of special interest include:

  • Bereavement and related trauma; includes research and appointments as Training Officer for Cruse Bereavement Care and supervisor/trainer in a variety of settings.
  • Community Psychology
  • Psychological therapy conceptualised as “therapist-assisted self-healing
  • Positive psychology
  • Psychospiritual literature
  • Mindfulness
  • Staff support and supervision