I work with individuals dealing with various problems, challenges and difficulties. I specialise working with people who are dealing with the symptoms of trauma. This can be anger issues, anxiety, depression, difficulty maintaining relationships, intimacy and a sense that life has no real meaning or purpose. I believe it is important that we work together with these issues. I will explain the Neuroscience around how the brain and the body can come into conflict. This will help identify why a person maybe responding or reacting in certain ways, to deal with situations.
I am highly experienced in the drug and alcohol field and have worked as a therapist in the Priory Group, facilitating groups with clients who were being treated for different types of addiction. Prior to this I worked with a drug and alcohol agency for five years supporting clients with severe drug and alcohol addiction working with them in a range of settings e.g. The Criminal Justice System and Mental Health agencies.
In addition to the above I also worked for a generic counselling organisation that specialised in anxiety and depression.
My counselling/psychotherapy approach:
My approach varies according to your individual needs thus enabling us to deal with a range of problems. Working together, we seek to tackle challenges or issues that you maybe facing. As individuals we act, think and feel in different ways. As an Integrative Counsellor I can work with you to produce a unique therapy adapted to suit your needs. This can be short or long term counselling.
A brief description of different approaches:
- Compassionate Inquiry "the purpose of CI is to drill down to the core stories people tell themselves - to get them to see what story they are telling themselves unconsciously; what those beliefs are, where they come from; and guide them to the possibility of letting go of those stories, or letting go of the hold those stories have on them"
- I use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitize and Reprocessing) It is effective treatment for trauma and post traumatic stress disorder symptoms. EMDR is effective because recalling distressing events is less emotionally upsetting when your attention is diverted. This technique works well for people who find it difficult to talk about their past experiences. It works by simultaneously have you do specific eye movements which will help you to desensitize and reprocess your experience.
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Works by examining the ways that thought, feeling and behaviour can effect you and how these can influence our actions. We work together in changing thinking and or behaviour patterns.
- Person Centred Counselling works by building a therapeutic relationship whereby you are able to gain a sense of personal power, identifying how you want to live and then supporting you to achieve your goals.
- Psychodynamic Counselling works by helping individuals unravel their past through their perceptions of their experience and how they influence you in the present.
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy works by exploring how a client organises their experiences, cognitive (thinking), emotional (feeling), movement, 5 sense perception (smell, sight, sound, touch and taste) and somatic responses (heart rate, breathing, temperature) This is very useful when working with traumatic experiences.