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Therapeutic Interventions That I Offer Include:

Integrative Therapy - Personalised to meet your needs using CBT, Systemic, Psychodynamic and Person-Centred techniques

Short-term and longer-term therapy

One-off advice sessions

One-off psychological education sessions about each difficulty that I work with

Support for family and friends

Stress management and relaxation sessions for individuals and groups

Free follow-up session 

 

Availability:

Appointments are available during the day, evening and at weekends

Most interventions are best conducted face-to-face, however, telephone, email and Skype support is also available

 

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Talking Therapies

'Talking therapies' is the collective term used for all psychological interventions. Many therapists will specialise in offering one specific talking therapy; however, I am trained 'integratively', which means that I am able to draw upon the theories, research, evidence and practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Person-Centred Therapy. Therefore, I am able to tailor my interventions according to the needs of each individual. (Please see below for a brief description of each of these therapies).

I offer both short-term and longer-term interventions. Short-term interventions are often more useful for people with milder symptoms and tend be a maximum of six sessions. I also offer one-off psychological education sessions for people, including friends and family, wishing to find out more about the symptoms, affects and ways of coping with each particular disorder that I work with. One-off stress management and relaxation sessions are also available to individuals and to groups.

Whilst I can not predict in advance how many sessions may be needed, I would never suggest that we meet for longer than is deemed necessary for your recovery. In addition, I will always offer a free follow-up session, regardless of how long we may have been working together, as this will give us the opportunity to review your progress and to address any further difficulties that may have arisen since the therapy ended.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is interested in understanding the individual in the present time. It is interested in the individual's current situation and the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that have arisen from it. It attempts to challenge unhelpful thinking patterns and takes a practical and solution-focused approach to altering unhelpful behaviours. Individuals are often asked to attempt to complete tasks between sessions, which may include keeping a thought diary, or attempting to respond differently to particular situations. 

Systemic Therapy is interested in understanding the individual's role within the systems that they live in. Often the family is the most important system, however, other systems include social and working systems, racial, ethnical, cultural and political systems and the systems of the wider world. The way that the individual sees, and is seen by, these systems is deemed to have great significance, and psychological difficulties are thought to arise when a person becomes 'stuck' in one of these systems. Altering the individual's communication style within particular contexts and relationships are considered key interventions within this therapeutic approach. 

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is interested in understanding the individual's current, previous and early childhood relationships, and particularly in the unconscious processes that encourages patterns of relating to others to repeat themselves. It is generally hypothesised that it is the fear of emotional pain that encourages such repetition. The therapist aims to bring these unconscious processes into the individuals conscious awareness, and as such this is often a longer-term therapeutic approach. 

Person-Centred Therapy is interested in understanding the individual as a whole. It places the individual and their thoughts, feelings, behaviours, spiritual/religious beliefs, relationships, past, present and future at the centre of the therapists attention. The theory being that if the individual is heard, acknowledged, cared for and accepted unconditionally, then they may begin to appreciate their own qualities for themselves, thus enhancing their self-concept and potential for personal growth.