My training as a psychologist allows me the flexibility to draw on a wide range of psychological theories and practice of therapeutic models. My therapeutic approach originates and is grounded in The Cognitive and Behavioural school of thoughts and in The Mindfulness Based Approach. These approaches, although, poles apart in their practice and delivery, complement one another and my sessions are tailored to each individual needs.
My Therapeutic Approaches
Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
I have a particular interest and specialise in the treatment of Stress, Anxiety Disorders (panic attacks and generalised anxiety), Phobic Disorders (social phobia, agoraphobia and simple phobia), Post-traumatic Stress Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Somatoform Disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorders.
I also have extensive experience in working with people with Depression, Relationship Problems, Self-Esteem Problems and Body Image Disorders.
The aim of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy is to help you through a wide range of emotional and psychological problems as well as helping you adjust to a range of physical illnesses: it is the treatment of choice for stress, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the most researched and validated form of psychotherapy. The Department of Health strongly supports and confirms the evidence validating the effectiveness of CBT as a time limited and cost-effective therapy.
Mindfulness-Based Approach (MBSR and MBCT)
I began practising Mindfulness Meditation in 2002 and incorporating it into my practice both in groups and with individuals who presented with the wide range of difficulties, I described above.
At the time, Mindfulness Bases Approach was limited to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): an approach developed by Jon Kabat Zin, to address the psychological and physical stress, patients of the Massachuset General Hospital, experienced due to the debilitating effect of chronic, life-threatening physical illnesses and Chronic pain.
The efficacy of his approach caught the interest of Cognitive Therapists and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was born. MBCT has been recommended in the NICE guidelines (UK Institute of Clinical Excellence) as a treatment for people who have experienced three or more episode of depression. It is a powerful way of decreasing the high risk of relapse which has been observed with Depression.
Newly published research now also demonstrates that a Mindfulness-Based Approach can also be effective in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders, Obsessional Disorder, ADHD, relationship difficulties, low confidence/low self-esteem and the list goes on.
The aim of a Mindfulness-Based approach is to help you become aware of unhelpful automatic internal processes (thoughts, images, emotions, bodily sensations and impulses) and learning to attend to them in an accepting, compassionate, non-judgemental and non-reactive way. This approach is experiential and the learning takes place while practising guided meditation including simple movements, walking, sitting and lying down. This approach opens up an array of choices rather than automatic self-defeating reactions and helps your mind be focussed, calm and clear.