I understand that coming to therapy for the first time can be challenging, therefore the focus of my first meeting with you is to provide a safe and non-threatening environment in which you can speak openly and discuss difficult thoughts and feelings, without fear of being judged.
I am guided in my work by the latest research evidence and NICE guidelines. However, as a clinical psychologist, I draw on a range of models and theories, as well as many years experience and training to provide an intervention that is tailored to your own individual needs. One of the benefits of seeking psychological support privately is that we can work together to decide on the right approach for you at this point in time and are not tied to a set number of sessions or a limited style of working.
In my view, the goal of therapy is not to find a "fix" or a speedy solution, but rather to explore and understand what has brought you to this point, what is keeping the difficulties going and what would help you to move forward and continue to move forward towards a place of good mental health. I provide education and clear explanations of psychological concepts in order for you to feel empowered and ultimately able to become your own therapist.
The range of models I draw on in my work are Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), including the integration of third wave CBT therapies (eg: ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy), CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy) and Mindfulness approaches). I am also strongly influenced by my training in IPT (Interpersonal Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
Most recently I have trained in CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy), which is an evidence based therapy for people who have experienced trauma. The focus of CPT is not only on recovery from a previous trauma, but also on understanding and developing strategies to protect against PTSD following future traumatic experiences. This is a particularly good therapy for people whose work means they will inevitably encounter more trauma (eg: members of the emergency services). I have been trained by the leading US experts in CPT, which is a relatively new approach in the UK.