Please read below for more information on the primary therapies that I offer specifically EMDR, DBT, CBT and CFT. Please contact me to discuss specific therapy models in more detail.
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
What Is EMDR Therapy?
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a psychotherapy that uses rhythmic left-right (bilateral) stimulation to help people recover from trauma or other distressing life experiences.
Bilateral stimulation, along with focusing on the traumatic memory, is thought to reduce the memory's emotional impact. Then, you can begin to heal from the fear and pain associated with the trauma you experienced. Over time, exposure to these memories reduces or eliminates your negative response to them.
EMDR was initially developed in the late 1980s by psychologist Francine Shapiro to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As a therapeutic approach, EMDR is based on several theories of psychotherapy, including concepts of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Unlike other forms of therapy that focus on changing the emotions, thoughts, and behaviours resulting from distressing experiences, EMDR therapy focuses directly on the specific memory to change the way it is stored in the brain.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a modified type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others.
DBT was originally intended to treat borderline personality disorder (BPD), but it has been adapted to treat other mental health conditions. It can help people who have difficulty with emotional regulation or are exhibiting self-destructive behaviours (such as eating disorders and substance use disorders). This type of therapy is also sometimes used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The treatment focuses on the development of four main skill areas.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps people learn how to identify and change the destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on their behaviour and emotions.
Cognitive behavioural therapy is defined as "psychotherapy that combines cognitive therapy with behavior therapy by identifying faulty or maladaptive patterns of thinking, emotional response, or behaviour and substituting them with desirable patterns of thinking, emotional response, or behaviour."
Cognitive behavioural therapy focuses on changing the automatic negative thoughts that can contribute to and worsen our emotional difficulties, depression, and anxiety. These spontaneous negative thoughts also have a detrimental influence on our mood.
Through CBT, faulty thoughts are identified, challenged, and replaced with more objective, realistic thoughts.
Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)
One of the greatest benefits of cognitive behavioural therapy is that it helps clients develop coping skills that can be useful both now and in the future.
What Is Compassion-Focused Therapy?
Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), or Compassion Mind Training (CMF), is the concept of incorporating compassion training techniques into psychotherapy to induce kinder thinking habits.1
This type of therapy emphasizes the importance of compassion and self-compassion in interactions with the world and the self. CFT stems from Buddhist values that stress the influence compassion has on others’ happiness as well as your own.
In CFT clients will develop skills that enable them to experience kindness towards themselves and consideration to others through the use of mindfulness-based strategies. CFT is similar to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) but implements techniques that help establish traits like acceptance and self-respect, to enhance self-assurance and positive emotion. CFT is beneficial to those experiencing destructive thoughts, depression, or anxiety to combat feelings of shame and self-criticism.
Techniques of Compassion-Focused Therapy
CFT techniques include exercises and tasks, such as those discussed below, along with homework, diary entries, and mindfulness/meditation practices.
Metallisation Based Therapy (MBT)
Mentalisation-based is a type of psychotherapy for borderline personality disorder (BPD) that focuses on your ability to recognise thoughts, feelings, wishes, and desires to see how they are linked to behaviour.