Regardless of what brings you to therapy – anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, work difficulties, issues with food – whatever it is, therapy can provide an opportunity to move beyond patterns and beliefs that get in the way of real change in order to bring about something new and something better.
As an experienced therapist, I will work with you to utilise strategies to manage whatever brings you to seek therapy but I believe it is also important to understand and address the underlying issues in order to effect real change.
I offer a confidential, non-judgmental space for you to bring whatever difficulty is present in your life right now. My approach is empathic and supportive and my aim is to both help you utilise and develop resources to manage whatever has led you to seek therapy at this time, but also to work with you on understanding any underlying issues that may be getting in the way of you leading a richer, more rewarding life.
Issues I can help with
I offer both short and long-term therapy and have worked with a range of issues including, but not limited to:
- attachment issues
- body dysmorphia
- childhood abuse/trauma
- chronic fatigue syndrome/ME/TMS (Tension Myoneural Syndrome)
- critical/negative self-talk and ‘imposter syndrome’
- eating disorders
- life changes and transitions
- low self-esteem
- performance anxiety
- PTSD and trauma
- relationship issues
- suicidal thoughts
- workplace stress
What is EMDR?
EMDR is an evidence-based approach and is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as an effective treatment for PTSD.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a a therapy used to help people recover from distressing events and the problems arising from those events such as flashbacks, upsetting thoughts or images, depression or anxiety. EMDR was initially developed to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but EMDR can, and is increasingly used, to treat other issues such as depression, anxiety, emotional abuse.
How does EMDR work?
When a distressing or traumatic event occurs, we may feel overwhelmed and in turn, our brains are unable to fully process what is happening. When this happens the memory of the event can becomes ‘stuck’ in the brain and we then re-experience the event in full force whenever the memory comes to mind. EMDR aims to ‘unstick’ the memory so that is can be reprocessed so that it is no longer experienced in the same way.
Self-criticism/ negative self-talk
Here lies the internal voice that believes we will be ‘found out’ – that we are not that clever, loveable, worthy – in essence, that we are not good enough.
Being overly critical of ourselves can be debilitating: it can lead us to strive continually yet never feel satisfied or it may cause us to avoid moving toward what we want for fear of being disappointed or criticised and we then feel ourselves for not doing better. This affects our self-esteem and is often associated with high levels of anxiety because there is an underlying sense that we cannot get what we want no matter how hard we try. Often we don’t even recognise the prevalence of this voice because it feels a such a part of who we are or we may recognise it as having external origins but find we are powerless against it.
In my experience, working with this internal voice or belief system is often key in bringing about change because so long as we believe and identify with that voice or belief, we remain trapped within its confines.