My services include long and short term counselling, individual, couple, child and group therapy.
My Therapeutic appraoch: CBT, EMDR and Psychotherapy.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a combination of cognitive therapy (examining the things you think) and behaviour therapy (examining the things you do. CBT is an approach believes that how your thoughts, beliefs and attitude affect your feelings and your behaviour, it believes that your problems can be managed by changing the way you think and behave and teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems. CBT explores the past is but is focused on the current issues and provides practical ways of dealing with the problem. CBT helps you the understand your issues and break the vicious circle by breaking down overwhelming problems into smaller parts and showing you how to challenge these negative thoughts patterns to improve your feelings and behaviour. The CBT therapist helps you identify those negative automatic thoughts and explore how one leads to the other and how these impact on you, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. The therapist uses CBT techniques to help the client develop the skills of replacing these negative thoughts and maladaptive assumptions with healthy and realistic thoughts. Therefore we agreed on the client having a diary and taking notes of the negative thoughts, feelings and behaviour that followed. CBT is collaborative work between the therapist and client structured and focused. It is usually time limited and can last from 6 weeks to 18 weeks.
CBT is used to mostly to treat
General Anxiety Disorder
Eating Order such as anorexia and bulimia
OCD obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Sleep problems, such as insomnia
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
CBT can also be useful for other mental and physical health problems. CBT is sometimes used to treat people with long-term health conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). CBT cannot be used to cure these physical health conditions, but it can help people cope better with their symptoms.
What is EMDR therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful psychological treatment technique which was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s. She is a Senior Research member at the Mental Research Institute, she published the first research data to support the benefits of the therapy in 1989.
Afterwards there has been a huge amount of research work carried out that demonstrates the enormous benefits of EMDR as psychological treatment for trauma arising from diverse experiences such as war related experiences, childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect, natural disaster, assault, surgical trauma, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents. Since its original development, EMDR is also increasingly used to help individuals with other issues and performance anxiety. EMDR is a complex and powerful therapy EMDR is also very beneficial to adults as well children.
EMDR has been classified as effective for the treatment of:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Counselling can take place:
This can face to face, a one- to- one counselling space provides the confidential environment in which new ways of resolving old conflicts can be found and change gradually achieved.
Online Therapy/ Telephone counselling:
I also offer online or telephone counselling which is just another way of providing counselling. You can choose either a Skype call (video or audio), or one of our private instant-messaging chat-rooms. Each session lasts for 50 minutes and you talk with me (your therapist) at a pre-arranged time, so of course you don’t need to leave your home, you don’t need to come over to a clinic, find somewhere to park and get back again.
You don’t need a web cam, if you prefer not to be seen, so you can be totally anonymous.
Communication is a vital ingredient in a relationship and when missing can result to conflicts and psychological issues. I offer counselling for couples who are finding it hard to communicate with each other. Couple counselling used to be known as marriage guidance and can help you to resolve difficulties in your relationships or to make separation easier for you both.
I offer group counselling to different client groups. I also offer art therapy to clients who would prefer creative work. My services are designed to meet the needs of the client.
I run Workshops on issues such as:
• Anger management
• Stress management
• Men/ Women Self-esteem groups
• Parenting skills
• Therapeutic writing (using poetry)
• Cultural issues
My services are also extendable to the NHS and other organisations that may require psychological or emotional support for their employees' well-being.
These services are also available in French and Spanish languages.
My Book: Live and Love Again
For more information please call for a free consultation.