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Please see the types of therapies I offer below to get a better idea of what they involve.

Understanding therapy and interventions

1. Please read the Psychological Counselling FAQs to better understand the process of therapy and what to expect. Having trained as a Clinical Psychologist, the therapy I offer involves several stages. The first stage begins with assessment in which I seek to understand what brought you to therapy. I take a history of the problem and seek to understand which factors perpetuate it so I know where to intervene. This process typically takes 2 sessions and involves clarifying what matters to you and setting goals for what you want to work on. The second stage of therapy involves me teaching you new skills to make these changes. The aim is to learn how to better manage the difficult thoughts and feelings that arise in trying situations so you can achieve your goals. The final stage involves making adjustments to the approach to ensure you continue to improve. My ultimate goal is to help you make changes and learn new skills to lead a richer and more fulfilling life. 

2. One of the common therapies I use is called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which is an evidence based cognitive therapy. The aim of this therapy is to learn skills to better manage difficult thoughts and feelings so that they don't control us as much. Here's an informative 4 minute video by a forefront ACT practitioner, Russ Harris. Please watch it here and here. You can also learn more about ACT here. As a clinician, I find that this therapy is not only effective but that clients enjoy it as well.

3. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a common therapy I use and is has a large evidence base behind it.  You can learn more about CBT on this guide (see page 24) from beyond blue. Although not every problem or person is suitable for CBT, I find it very effective for anxiety and also anger. 

4. Schema Therapy is an integrative therapy that combines the best of a range of a therapies. It helps address self-defeating life patterns that keep repeating by understanding our schemas or core beliefs and our coping styles. While it was originally designed for individuals with personality disorders it is now commonly used with a broad range of clients. This therapy suits individuals who want to make lasting change. 

 If we have discussed using Schema Therapy the first step is to understand which schemas and coping styles are present for you. Please download and complete the three questionnaires below and bring them to your next session. 

5. Mindfulness is a practice I encourage in my clients and use in sessions with clients. Here's a brief engaging video on the benefits of mindfulness. 

6. Do you have any questions about these therapies and if they would be suitable for you? If so, ask me at your next session. In addition to ACT and CBT I use a range of other therapies. 

Please see the below client questionnaires and resources: 

Please click on the downward arrow to ensure the file downloads correctly. For the YSQ please return it by email as a word or a pdf document. To complete the SMI please use the frequency column on the first page of the document (inventory) to write responses and also return it to me via email as an excel document.
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