My different approaches

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) focuses on your relationships, past and present, to help us to understand how and why you relate to yourself and others in the way that you do in the present. There will be some work between sessions in the form of work sheets and self monitoring. CAT is usually agreed at between 16 to 24 sessions. Please take a look at the ACAT website for more information: http://www.acat.me.uk/page/about+cat

CAT with Couples is a specific way of working with problems to identify what is going on between two people. The aim is to understand and change unhelpful patterns, behaviours and negative cycles that a couple may have fallen into. CAT give a joint language and understanding and you can work together to move forward.  

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a way of releasing the body and mind’s memory of experience of trauma or events, which continue to be distressing or upsetting in the here and now. EMDR is used for accidents, phobias, PTSD, OCD, anxiety, depression, blocked or complex/blocked grief, to name a few. It can be used on a memory you have from childhood, or something that has happened as an adult. Some people can’t remember much from their past. This is ok, as together we will work out ways of moving forwards and processing what you need.

Trauma, according to Dr Gabor Mate is defined as:

“Trauma is a restriction of your authentic self in the present moment, for which you don’t need dramatic events. Trauma is not what happens to you, it’s what happens inside you, as a result of what happens to you. And things can happen inside you, for which you don’t need very dramatic events. Trauma is essentially a restriction of your capacity, its limitation, in the body. A restriction of your mental capacity to respond in the present moment from your authentic self.”

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) looks at your thoughts and feelings to change the way you feel. There are exercises to complete between sessions. To find out more about CBT please click on the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) page at http://www.babcp.com/Public/What-is-CBT.aspx               I am  incorporate CBT within my work, if appropriate, however, this would not be my sole model that I draw upon. 

Counselling for Children (since lockdown no.1 I have ceased to work with children for now) In many ways Counselling children is different to adults. Depending on the child’s level of cognitive functioning and brain development, there can be more play and creativity such as playing cards, using a sand tray, drawing, writing (all of which can be used with adults too!). It may be that your teenager or child finds it difficult to communicate with words, so we find other ways. As with adults, each child’s experience will be different. The confidentiality is the same for children and adults, the content of our sessions remain between us. The client may share with their parents/carers anything they decide to. If there is useful information to share with the parents/carers, this will be done with permission from the child.  

I offer an open, warm, professional and safe environment, and deeply value the Counselling process and relationship as unique to every individual. I am flexible with my approach, depending on your needs and goals. Coming to therapy to explore, understand, and work through anything that may be troubling. Whether that is your past or present, or both, can be difficult to do, we will work together and I will use my extensive training and experience to help you through the difficulties you are facing. Therapy can be challenging, at times uncomfortable, eye opening or even shocking. What is important is feeling that you can go at your own pace in a safe and confidential environment.