Choosing a counsellor or therapist can be a daunting process. Unfortunately, there is still no legislation in the UK regarding these professions. I belong to three separate professional bodies and these are a good indication of a therapist's qualifications and their standards of practice. However, you need to feel comfortable with the therapist in order to gain the maximum benefit from your sessions, and that's why I offer an initial session with absolutely no obligation to continue if it doesn't feel right for you.
HOW CAN COUNSELLING HELP?
Good therapy provides the time and space to explore your emotions and any difficulties you are experiencing. Most importantly, confidentiality is guaranteed, and nobody will judge you in any way. I can help with anxiety, depression (including post-natal depression), panic attacks, relationship difficulties, bereavement, insomnia, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and family problems, amongst many other issues.
WHAT BENEFITS CAN BE EXPECTED?
Following a good experience of therapy, the benefits can continue long after the sessions. These benefits can be subtle, but long-lasting. Undergoing therapy can be challenging and difficult at times, but in terms of improving your life in a number of ways, the process is almost always worth the effort.
EMDR is a well-researched and successful treatment, used to help those who have suffered trauma of all kinds, including: bullying, accidents, abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder.
When a person is involved in a distressing event, they may feel overwhelmed and their brain may be unable to process the information as it would a normal memory. It’s as if the distressing memory has become frozen and when the person recalls it, they can re-experience what they saw, felt, heard, tasted or smelt. Sometimes, the memories are so disturbing that the person tries to avoid thinking about the original event(s).
During EMDR, the distressing memories appear to lose their intensity and disturbing qualities, and they become more like ‘ordinary’ memories. The effect is believed to be similar to that which occurs naturally during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, when your eyes move rapidly from side to side.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing. It is NOT a form of hypnotism. Even though you are moving your eyes during EMDR, you will remain conscious and fully in control at all times.
As an experienced therapist who has studied several different therapeutic approaches, I can tailor a package of therapy to suit an individual’s needs. I will often use EMDR as an adjunct to another therapy if it seems appropriate. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.