Therapy Offered - Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness.
Psychological Assessments - Cognitive Functioning, Risk Assessment, Diagnostic (e.g. ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder), Personal Injury, Capacity Assessment.
|Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a popular psychological therapy with extensive evidence for its effectiveness, which is used for the treatment of a variety of mental health problems such as Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Personality Disorders and Self-Esteem Issues. CBT recognises that negative thoughts can affect our mood and wellbeing, and are often distorted and unrealistic. CBT therapists help individuals identify and change maladaptive patterns in thinking (cognitions), behaviour and feelings by firstly recognising the interaction between the three components, then developing alternative, more adaptive and realistic patterns. This is accomplished by questioning assumptions and beliefs underpinning the maladaptive process, challenging and restructuring maladaptive thinking, facing previously avoided situations and activities, and developing new ways of thinking, interacting and behaving. The process of change requires good collaboration between therapist and client, and homework assignments are an integral component of therapy.||Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) was first developed by Francine Shapiro in the 1980s as a treatment for trauma related psychological problems, particularly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Over time it has gained popularity with clinicians and is now used to treat a variety of problems associated with unresolved life experiences including trauma related disorders, such as driving phobia. EMDR is an adaptive information processing treatment which incorporates a standardised protocol consisting of eight phases. Preparation for EMDR is essential and includes developing methods of relaxation and strategies to deal with the distress often associated with painful traumatic memories. During EMDR treatment, memories, beliefs and physical sensations associated with past trauma are identified. Then, using either side-to- side eye movements or another form of bilateral stimulation (non-intrusive), disturbing material is ‘reprocessed’ until the individual is able to think of the memory without undue distress. In the final stage of treatment, a positive belief about the person is linked to the traumatic memory (e.g. ‘I did the best I could’ or ‘I’m ok just the way I am’). To find out what EMDR involves, please click here|