Ultimately my goal is to support you to live a life of peace and enjoyment in this present moment. We can tailor a unique therapy experience and guide you to meeting your goals of living your best life.
To explore some self-help approaches and techniques please visit my Facebook page where I list lots of interesting links and information. This is not therapy and is more of a library of information from many different self-help sources. Scroll back as there is an abundance of self-help sites listed and you will hopefully find something specifically to help you.
Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy.
EMDR starts by first exploring your history and establishing stabalisation, which means supporting you with ways to feel calm and emotionally regulated in the present. We then focus on processing past disturbance or distress that impacts on present experiences. It works with how memory is stored and looks at how past experiences that have not been processed to a helpful adaptive resolution, can continue to trigger distress in the present time.
Think of your memory like a filing system with various compartments, and unprocessed distressing memories are like a large file that's doesn't fit into the appropriate compartment of 'past experiences'. It's like it stays in the 'in-tray' covered in post it notes that demand continued attention in the present day. This unprocessed file can get in the way and influence how we see other new files and information coming in. The negative feelings, body sensations, beliefs, and thoughts that we experience in the past situation, are like 'post it' notes, sticking to many other new files coming into the 'in-tray'. So a small disagreement with a current partner can become caught up in a past file with the post it note 'I'm in danger' for example, which could then result in reactions that are out of proportion to the present situation.
EMDR is like taking this old file, sorting it through and removing the unhelpful notes, whilst re-organising it with tabs of all the adaptive information we naturally have. This re-processing or organisation, means it is then filed away in the appropriate compartment of archives, with all the other memory files.
Bi-lateral stimulation is left to right movement of eyes, hands, feet, and/or sounds. This supports the desensitisation and enhances the brains Adaptive Information Processor to do what it's naturally designed to do.
What triggers an emotional response in the present is not always obvious and not always in our conscious awareness. That's why EMDR can assist in finding the unprocessed material. EMDR was originally developed for PTSD but has more recently developed to support in overcoming various areas of distress such as anxiety or depression, as well as attachment and relationship issues.
What is CBT
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
CBT is a present focused approach that identifies how our automatic thoughts impact our emotions, body sensations, and behaviour. It uses various techniques to first help us to develop an understanding of our thoughts about current triggers/situations and how they impact on emotion, body, and behaviour and create negative cycles. Once we recognise and understand thoughts and their impact we can begin to determine whether they are fact or opinion (spoiler alert, most thoughts are not facts) . As part of the therapy you will be supported to challenge negative automatic thoughts and find alternative more helpful thoughts, beliefs and perspectives, that work better for you in living your best life. Some think that CBT ignores the past but all our thoughts are influenced by our past experiences, beliefs, and learning, so early experiences are understood from the perspective of developing an understanding of why we think or perceive things in a certain way. Also helpful is understanding behaviour patterns that have sometimes developed through early experiences and attempts to avoid thinking or feeling certain ways.
Nightmare can be distressing and disruptive to a good nights sleep. This short video shares a technique that can help you to begin to change nightmares. It's called the dream Completion Technique and is quick to apply and has proven to be very helpful for many
Mindfulness is a wonderful place to start with self-help. It can sound easy but can actually be quite tricky to do, so approach with patience and kindness towards yourself. There is no right or wrong as it is a practice of just noticing whatever comes up. Sometimes it is more helpful to experience it with guidance. There are lot's of free access places and try out The Mindfulness Movement video's.
Understanding how our body and nervous system works can be a really helpful starting point to remove self-critical thoughts or self-blame and begin to understand the body and how it responds to threat perception.
Therapy and the nervous system
QUALIFICATIONS / TRAINING
MA Psychology - Aberdeen Uni
MSc Psychology - Glasgow Uni
PG dip CBT - Stafford Uni
Supervision in Therapy - Birmingham Uni
EMDR Academy Training
EMDR Therapy - Accredited Therapist with EMDR UK & Europe
Attachment Informed EMDR - EMDR Focus Training with Mark Brayne
Attachment Focused EMDR with Laurel Parnell - via Pesi
FLASH Technique - Phil Mansfield
Parts work with EMDR training - Bruce Hersey Training
Dream Completion Technique Training
Neurodiversity in EMDR - adaptations with Caroline Van Diest
Trauma Informed Approaches - Arielle Schwartz training
IFS - Clinical Applications with Alexia Rothman
IFS Immersion: Course - Frank Anderson