Individual psychological therapy: Access psychological support remotely.
ABOUT PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT & THERAPY:
Individual therapy begins with an initial assessment to explore the problems you are facing and consider how therapy might best support you in working towards your desired outcomes. The first meeting is an opportunity for us to start building our trusting therapeutic relationship and for me to offer you relational safety and security, which will support you in working towards change and growth over the course of therapy. To support this process, the first session is up to 90 minutes.
In the early sessions, we will develop a shared psychological understanding of your experiences. We will consider the psychological roots of problem areas including making better sense of how things have developed and what is maintaining your current concerns. I am able to offer a range of psychotherapy models and approaches for us to build an individualised understanding that integrates different modalities. Then, work progresses to evidence-based psychological interventions to explore change and growth. Therapy sessions last 60 minutes.
Online therapy can be more convenient and reduces additional time and cost demands. For online psychological therapy to be as effective as face-to-face sessions, important considerations to ensure before starting therapy include:
Access to a reliable Internet connection
Use of an Internet-enabled device with camera (smart phone, tablet or laptop)
Having a quiet area at work or home where you can talk confidentially and be undisturbed for the duration of the appointment.
Online therapy sessions are available on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Compassion Focussed Therapy
Developed by Professor Paul Gilbert, OBE. It is an evidence-based psychotherapy model that helps to deliberately cultivate our inner capacity and motivation for compassion; that is the deep awareness of suffering of self and others with a commitment to relieve it. CFT involves principles and techniques that help us respond differently to feelings of threat (anxiety, anger, disgust, shame), reduce self-criticism, and be gentler and kinder with ourselves: learning to become a good friend to yourself through compassion, empathy, distress tolerance, sensitivity, care for wellbeing and non-judgement.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Developed by Stephen Hayes and is a values-guided psychotherapy that helps us work towards living a more meaningful life. It is an experiential and active therapy that supports the development of greater psychological flexibility; that is to be present and open and to do what matters. It involves working with acceptance, cognitive de-fusion (learning to separate yourself from thoughts), present-moment awareness, becoming an observer to our experiences, exploring personal values and taking steps towards committed action.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
First formulated by Aaron T Beck. It is a present-moment psychotherapy based on the principle that our thoughts, beliefs and thinking patterns impact on emotions, mood, behaviours and bodily sensations. It involves setting individual goals and then working collaboratively to better understand experiences and learn ways to cope with them differently.
Body and Mind Therapy specialises in trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT), a particular evidenced-based model of CBT that supports recovery from past trauma experiences.
Mindfulness based therapies
Mindfulness approaches were brought into psychotherapy by Jon Kabat-Zinn. It is an Eastern Buddhist mind and body system that involves learning to pay attention in a particular way; that is, fostering non-judgemental awareness and directing attention to the present moment purposefully.
Mindfulness involves practicing different techniques and interventions that helps to change the way we think and feel about our inner and external experiences, and become more self-aware.