"Awaken and experience the wonder and joy of the child within when you become focused on the present." – Patricia Young
I am trained, experienced and utilise the following modes of therapy:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) aims to increase psychological flexibility when dealing with feared thoughts or feelings. This type of therapy teaches the person to identify the costs of avoiding psychologically painful memories and physical sensations. ACT takes the view that trying to fix or control disturbing thoughts or problems, often creates more emotional turmoil. ACT teaches the person how to be aware of, and accept unwelcome thoughts and sensations in a non-judgemental way (mindfulness). ACT supports the person as they learn to defuse emotionally disturbing material. This approach assists the person to clarify what they value in life, reduce psychological rigidity and commit to developing patterns of behaviour which will take them toward their goals.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other psychological and physical health problems.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a similar talking therapy to CBT but is adapted to people who experience intense emotions. It is mainly used to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD)
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) holds the central idea that psychological symptoms, such as a depressed mood, has a relationship with the way people communicate and interact. Interpersonal therapy, addresses the interpersonal nature of many psychological difficulties. Also supported by extensive research, IPT identifies areas of interpersonal difficulty and works with the individual to resolve these problems. Usually, IPT focuses on an issue such as unresolved grief, role transitions (e.g., to parenthood, retirement), role conflicts and social isolation. IPT assists individuals and families to deal with interpersonal difficulties and achieve more effective communication and social well-being.
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), is a form of psychotherapy developed in the 1980s by American psychologist Francine Shapiro. Originally, EMDR was used to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, however it is also used to treat a wide range of psychological difficulties that typically originate in trauma, such as direct or indirect experiences of violence, accidents or natural disaster. EMDR therapy is also used to treat more prolonged, low-grade distress that originates in shock or loss in adult life and/or issues experienced during childhood.
Person Centred Therapy (PCT)
Person Centred Therapy (PCT) is a form of talk psychotherapy. The counselling goal is to provide an opportunity to develop a sense of self where the person can realise how their attitudes, feelings and behaviour are being negatively affected.
Narrative Therapy is a psychological therapy that uses narrative. It is a collaborative and non- pathologising approach to counselling which centres the person as the expert of their own life.