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Treating The Roots of Distress with EMDR / CBT / Therapy / Psychology

Psychotherapist Linda Sunderland
Opening at 7:00 AM
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EMDR Therapy / CBT / Psychotherapy

I offer an individually tailored treatment plan to suit your needs. This might incude the integration of EMDR Therapy / CBT / Attachment Informed EMDR / Mindfulness / Ego States Therapy / Intensive Therapy / Flash Technique / Therapy Retreats
Living For Life (LfL Therapy) aims to support you to live the life you desire

If you're feeling overwhelmed with negative thoughts, images, beliefs, self-defeating behaviours, uncomfortable body sensations, or you are interested in enhancing your confidence and performance in a certain area, then LfL Therapy is here to support you. 

Please make contact to arrange a free no obligation 30 min video call.

LfL offers extended session lengths called EMDR Intensives, to support you to get back to living your life as quickly as possible. These are ideal for individuals who struggle to commit to weekly sessions that can be difficult to fit a busy schedule. 

The online Intensives are individually tailored to your needs, but typically are 3-4 hours in a single session, and this can be arranged over multiple days if suitability has been agreed at your assessment stage. 

Rather than taking 8-12 weekly sessions to experience relief from symptoms, you can quickly return to living life with renewed confidence, compassion, clarity, and better connection to yourself and others.

Your individual treatment plan will help you to identify what you're aiming for and how LfL therapy can support you on that journey.

What can be addressed in therapy? 
Depression, stress, trauma, intrusive thoughts, worry, fear that something awful might happen, nightmares, sleep problems, avoiding doing the things you used to enjoy, nightmares, negative critical thoughts, sleeplessness, sudden uncomfortable and frightening body sensations, numb, constant feeling of being on edge. 

Your experiences are as individual as you are! At LfL we want to tailor treatment to your individual needs.

You may have received a specific diagnosis you would like support with such as PTSD, CPTSD, OCD, GAD, MDD, Panic Disorder, or Health Anxiety. These labels describe symptoms and beyond that I would like to get to know you and understand the experiences that have led to these symptoms.

The First Step - Preparation 
I value the therapeutic relationship as the foundation of developing therapy to meet your individual needs. I appreciate that starting a therapy journey takes courage, trust in the therapist, and a willingness to open communication about some of life's most difficult and personal experiences. The first most important step is getting to know you and ensuring you feel comfortable and safe in this present moment. 

This phase of therapy will include gathering information about your history and when the problems you experience started. Please note that this will always be a sensitive gathering of historical information and you will never be expected to discuss anything you don't feel ready to. With EMDR Therapy only a limited amount of details can be enough to begin the reprocessing.

Establishing Safety and Presence
To enhance your capacity to feel balanced and emotionally safe in this present moment, we will begin to practice some therapeutic techniques that you can continue to use after the sessions. We will also practice these within the sessions to support you to express your emotions freely with the confidence that you can use the techniques to regulate emotionally when needed. 

Next we can move to therapy techniques that develop further understanding of the problem. This might be looking more closely through what we call formulation, at what has happened in the past, that has negatively impacted on you today and how you see yourself, others, and the world around you.  


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing)

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) 

Various techniques can also inform and be integrated when these will be helpful to your progress. I am committed to ongoing learning with regular continued professional development and training experiences in approaches that include:
Attachment Theory
Poly-vagal Theory
Somatic Experiencing
Ego-state/Parts Work
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Compassion Focused Therapy
Attachment Informed EMDR
Attachment Focused EMDR
Flash Technique
Dream Completion 

I take the approach that there is nothing wrong with you as a person, but things may have happened that impacted how you relate to yourself, others, and the world. As well as understanding difficulties you have experienced, we will work to enhance your strengths and capabilities. We will work together to enhance your understanding of your strengths, courage, resilience, and coping strategies. 

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.
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What is EMDR Therapy
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

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


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