A broad range of approaches is offered, which will be matched to your goals. This would follow a thorough assessment and understanding of your individual concerns and needs.
CBT is an evidenced based therapy used for a range of common mental health difficulties. This includes depression, anxiety (including phobias, panic disorder, social anxiety and post traumatic stress) and obsessive compulsive disorder. CBT is recognised by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).
Using CBT you work with your therapist to identify problematic negative thoughts and patterns of behaving which influence and maintain difficult emotions. Your therapist will support you to apply different techniques to try to modify difficult thinking patterns and behaviours.
Sometimes problems are triggered by traumatic events in our lives. Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful therapy to help people recover from traumatic events. It stops difficult memories causing as much distress by helping the brain to reprocess the memories. EMDR is best known for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but it can also help with a range of mental health conditions.
EMDR is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
ACT is a mindfulness based cognitive therapy which focuses on valued living, separating from difficult thoughts, acceptance of difficult emotions and physical sensations, compassion and living in the present moment.
There is strong evidence for the use of ACT for persistent / chronic pain, depression, workplace stress, coping with cancer, anxiety and other difficulties.
Sarah has advanced training in the use of ACT.
CFT was developed for people who have high levels of shame and self criticism, which is common amongst people with mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety or post traumatic stress. People who have difficulty with shame and criticism are often from backgrounds with high levels of criticism, bullying, neglect and with low warmth and affection.
CFT is routed in an evolutionary understanding of the development of the human mind, neuroscience, neurophysiology and attachment theory. CFT uses mindfulness skills, exercises and other practices to activate the ‘soothing system’ - our emotional regulation system associated with compassion. People learn new ways of relating to themselves and others with the aim of fostering and developing the ‘compassionate mind’.
Pain and other health problems often impact on many areas of a person’s life. It is known that a range of factors influence how much pain we feel, not just tissue damage. Psychology in pain and physical health aims to help people to live as well as possible despite their pain / physical health problems. This includes helping people to adjust and continue with important and valued activities, reducing the impact of negative thoughts and difficult emotions, working with people to understand the nature of persistent pain and to learn self management strategies. There is strong evidence for the use of psychology in persistent pain.
These approaches are recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).