Psychological Therapy Online
What Happens During Therapy?
Attending therapy can sometimes feel daunting or scary. I aim to create a safe, private, confidential and non-judgemental space for you to think about yourself and your difficulties and make changes.
In our initial appointment we will begin an assessment and discuss the reasons you are seeking therapy, the source of any issues you are experiencing and your current methods of coping. Over the course of the sessions we will work together to create a psychological formulation* to help you understand yourself better and think about how to move forward, which will be different for each individual.
What Type of Therapy Do You Use?
I believe that no single psychological approach has all of the answers for every individual. Instead, I take an integrative approach to draw from a number of different psychological therapies, guided by the formulation and to best fit the person and their particular difficulties and goals for therapy. Some of the types of therapy that I draw from include:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
A modern and evidence-based form of psychotherapy that focuses on helping individuals embrace psychological flexibility and develop strategies for living a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
At its core, ACT aims to promote acceptance of one’s thoughts and feelings, rather than attempting to control or suppress them. This acceptance of inner experiences helps individuals make room for painful emotions, thoughts, and memories, without being overwhelmed by them. Instead of struggling against these experiences, individuals learn to let them come and go, allowing for emotional growth.
The “commitment” aspect of ACT pertains to clarifying one’s values and taking action guided by those values. In other words, it encourages individuals to engage in behaviours that align with what truly matters to them, even in the presence of discomfort or distressing emotions.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
An evidence-based psychotherapy that is based on the premise that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are interconnected, and by understanding and modifying these connections, individuals can achieve lasting improvements in their mental health and well-being.
I work collaboratively with clients to help them identify and re-evaluate unhelpful thought patterns and beliefs that contribute to emotional distress and problematic behaviours. We aim to uncover the root causes of the client’s concerns, develop new, healthier perspectives, and equip them with practical coping skills and strategies.
Together, we set specific, achievable objectives tailored to your unique needs, whether it’s addressing anxiety, depression, phobias, or other mental health challenges. Throughout our sessions, I will provide guidance, support, and evidence-based interventions to help you reach these objectives.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
A transformative approach to healing from trauma. EMDR is rooted in the understanding that trauma can become lodged in the mind and body, causing distressing symptoms that impact daily life.
One of the remarkable aspects of EMDR is its focus on the natural healing abilities of the brain. Through this therapy, we aim to help you rewire your responses to traumatic memories, so they no longer evoke intense distress or unwanted symptoms like anxiety, flashbacks, or nightmares.
EMDR is effective for a wide range of trauma-related issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but it can also be beneficial for various forms of emotional distress, anxiety, and even performance enhancement.
In mindfulness therapy, we will explore techniques and practices that centre around cultivating present-moment awareness. This involves paying attention to your thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations without judgment. By doing so, you can gain a deeper understanding of your inner experiences and learn to respond to them more skilfully.
One of the key benefits of mindfulness therapy is its adaptability. It can be integrated into your daily routine and applied to a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and relationship issues.
By incorporating mindfulness into your life, you can experience increased clarity, resilience, and a deeper connection with your inner self, leading to improved mental and emotional well-being. Together, we can work toward a more balanced and fulfilling life.