Services and Treatment Approach

Areas Treated Include

DepressionSleep Difficulties
Anxiety, Fears and PanicCouples Therapy
Stress and Work Stress ManagementRelationship Issues
Pain ManagementResilience Building
Relaxation TherapyCommunication
Anger ManagementSmoking Cessation
Grief and LossWeight Loss
Life TransitionsHelath Issues

My Treatment Approach

I use a range of Evidence-Based psychological approaches which have been found to be effective in the management of a wide range of psychological problems. The emphasis is on present thinking rather than past experiences. Although childhood experiences are considered, there is little evidence that dwelling on the past can in itself make us feel better. The key to recovery lies in the things that we can do from now on.

I provide Brief, Solution-OrientedCognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and other evidence-based approaches.

Solution Oriented Therapy – is based on the idea that a problem need not be related to the solution. You can gain a good outcome even if the cause of the problem is not known. The aim is to co-operate with the you in every way to help you produce and maintain optimism, dignity and control of your life. This approach focuses on strengths rather than weakness to assist you to change in a positive and productive way and help you to achieve your goals. The focus is on gaining insight, problem solving, building on existing coping strategies and developing new ones.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) – This highly effective approach is based on the theory that the way we think determines the way we feel. Things go wrong, people act in ways that disappoint us. We can make ourselves feel miserable simply by thinking in a negative, self-defeating way. In fact whenever we feel angry, guilty, anxious, stuck, ashamed, frustrated, resentful or depressed, it is our cognitions – our thoughts and beliefs about a situation – that make us feel that way. CBT is more than positive thinking. It is a structured exploration of possible unhelpful thinking patterns and beliefs to help you gain greater insight and flexibility of coping with distressing
life events.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) – This approach is based on the premise that many psychological problems are connected to interpersonal distress – distress relating to our dealings with other people.The focus in on exploring your relationships with other people and how patterns of behaviour develop over time and contribute to your distress. Problem areas include grief and loss, conflict, communication problems, unrealistic expectations and changes in life circumstances together with our own unique style of relating to others.

What Does This Mean?

Clinical Hypnosis may be used to assist with therapy, however this is always be done with your full understanding and agreement of what this may entail.

My Approach

Practical: We practice the skills that you may use in your every day life.

Brief and time-limited: treatment normally requires only 5 to 15 sessions, depending upon your needs and the extent to which you practice the skills between sessions. I often provide take-home readings and other materials to assist you to achieve progress within the shortest period of time.

Focused on the here-and-now: although exploration of how the past has affected the current may sometimes be worthwhile.

Evidence based: that is it has been tested and found to be effective in hundreds of research studies for various difficulties. However, if it appears that CBT is not the best treatment for you, either I will provide an alternative treatment in which I am competent or refer you to someone else more appropriate.

I do more than just listen to your difficulties. My aim is to work collaboratively with you and assist you to become your own therapist so that you no longer need psychology services.