Therapy

I offer individual psychological therapy to adults who are suffering from the following:

  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders (including OCD, BDD, phobias, panic disorder)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-harm
  • Stress

The therapeutic approaches I use most regularly are:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Mindfulness
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT)

 
A significant benefit of seeing a Clinical Psychologist (rather than a therapist who adopts one specific approach) is that during our training we are supervised in the application of numerous therapeutic approaches and therefore can combine them to suit the individual's unique needs. This is called an 'integrative approach' and can be beneficial because someone who experiences complex difficulties may not suit one particular therapeutic model alone.

Therapy sessions usually last one hour, and take place weekly. That said, if someone wants therapy to take place less frequently, this can also be agreed. The first 1-2 sessions involve an assessment of the individual's difficulties, after which we come to a 'formulation' or understanding of the problem. At this point, the client and myself make collaborative decisions about the best way forward in terms of therapy. It may be that the client wants to take time to consider their options, or they may decide to begin therapy.

I am registered as a practitioner with BUPA, AXA PPP, PRU and WPA.