As a Clinical Psychologist, I am trained to doctorate level in a range of therapeutic models, to work with people that are experiencing behavioural, emotional and/or mental health difficulties.
For individual therapy we will work together to meet your needs and ascertain your therapy goals. This will include an initial formulation stage which enables us to develop an understanding of your current difficulties and how best to proceed therapeutically and the number of sessions recommended. The most important aspect of therapy is that it is a collaborative process, each session we will discuss progress that has been made and what you have found helpful or beneficial. If there have been any challenges to progress this will be explored in session to identify possible barriers to change and to identify ways to overcome this. When it is helpful to do so, I work with couples to help manage relational difficulties and aid improvement in communication, this may be an entire course of therapy or it may be helpful to invite your partner to one or two sessions to support your individual therapeutic journey.
We all lead busy lives and often taking the time to travel to a location can be challenging and dissuade us from setting the time aside to look after ourselves. By providing online therapy it means that you can access face to face therapy remotely which helps to fit in around other commitments. In my experience therapy via video messaging or over the telephone enables access and provides the opportunity to explore difficulties in an open and practical way, while maintaining the confidentiality and therapeutic rapport you would experience face to face. Any materials needed for sessions can be securely emailed.
Whereas CBT addresses negative thoughts or feelings by challenging them, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a model that acknowledges that some negative thoughts and feelings are inevitable, especially in relation to life events such as disability, chronic health conditions, grief or trauma. ACT is based on accepting the difficulties that we face in life and negative thoughts or feelings associated without allowing them to become all consuming. This means that we hold the awareness of distressing thoughts or feelings while committing towards a life in line with our personal values.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a range of therapies that address how thoughts, feelings and behaviours impact on our well-being. This is a collaborative approach that involves exploration of the cycles that we experience and the beliefs that we may hold about ourselves that can keep us stuck. The therapy identifies ways to challenge unhelpful thinking or behaviours both in session and importantly between sessions through observation and intervention. CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for treatment of social anxiety and depression.
I was trained in Compassion Focused Therapy by Dr Paul Gilbert. We can get stuck when our internal critical voice holds us back. Developing a compassionate stance for ourselves, as well as towards others can free us from unhelpful patterns. Compassion focused therapy aims to identify self-criticism or shame based thinking with a view to developing a compassionate stance to enable you the freedom to move forwards towards your meaningful goals.
Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro in the 1990’s originally developed for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Therapy with EMDR uses bilateral stimulation, such as asking you to watch hand gestures to encourage side-to-side eye movement while focusing on memories or sensations related to the trauma. EMDR is included in several evidence-based guidelines (NICE) for the treatment of PTSD and has growing evidence for use with other mental health difficulties.
Coaching and Mentoring
I support coaching clients to make positive changes; to support them in learning to apply strategies to help themselves, their team and their colleagues. I work directly with employee's support them to experience greater resilience and sustainable high performance. I complete this independently with individuals looking to reach their potential, with businesses or through The People Project. The work I do with The People Project provides coaching and mentoring online or over the phone to enable people in remote locations to access support and staff teaching.
Staff Training / Teaching
I provide training to staff teams to provide mental health awareness education and to support skill development for individual and team wellbeing, supporting communication and providing information regarding access to mental health services.
I have provided teaching sessions for undergraduate students at Weston College and postgraduate students at the University of Exeter for compassion focused therapy approaches and within the resilience module.