Therapeutic approaches

We use a range of therapeutic approaches of which the most appropriate framework would be decided on with you.

Humanistic psychotherapy

Humanistic psychotherapy is based on the building of self-awareness and movement towards self-actualisation. It focuses on the individual as a person in the immediate situation and aims to encourage the client towards personal growth.

Psychodynamic therapy

Psychodynamic therapy is generally longer term and embraces a range of approaches in which clients are able to explore aspects of their past in relation to how they experience their world today. It focuses on gaining greater insight and awareness of oneself as one moves forward and change develops.

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing

EMDR is a therapy invented by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987 who noticed that after rapid eye movements, certain disturbing thoughts and feelings became less intense.

When we have a disturbance or a trauma of some kind the memory becomes locked in our brain and can overwhelm us. Bilateral stimulation of the brain using rapid eye movements similar to REM sleep facilitates processing of unhelpful information and memories.

It is an evidence based therapy recognised worldwide by the medical profession which does not use drugs or hypnosis.

EMDR can be successfully used to treat post traumatic stress disorder, phobias, addictions, bereavement, sleep disturbance, panic attacks and depression among other conditions. 

Schema therapy

This is a CBT based therapy suitable for individuals experiencing longstanding difficulties with depression and anxiety.

It is an in depth approach that takes into account a person’s history and addresses core unmet needs that may emanate from childhood. It seeks to explore unhealthy beliefs and identify often rigid patterns of behaviour that influence an individual’s emotions and the way in which he or she views and relates to the self, others and the world.

It’s aim is to help the person stop using maladaptive coping styles that persist in everyday life. 

Cognitive behavioural therapy

CBT is a relatively short-term therapy that addresses the link between our thoughts, feelings (emotions), behaviours and the environment. It is based on scientific principles and the premise that unhelpful or negative thoughts, emotions and subsequent behaviours are a result of patterns learnt over an extensive period of time.

The aim is to enable clients to challenge the negative thoughts and assumptions that they may have about themselves, and facilitate more effective and healthier ways of living and viewing the world.