Psychotherapy is a collaborative process that helps people understand and unwrap reasons and patterns that keep them stuck and in emotional pain. Such discomfort can come in the form of anxiety, panic, irritability/anger or depression. While anxiety is a normal part of our existence, excessive worrying, panic attacks, obsessive thoughts, and phobias can be debilitating! Even though we all feel 'down' and upset 'from time to time', depression is a state when 'from time to time' changes to 'all the time'.
As a psychotherapist, it is my mission to provide counselling sessions that have been developed to target such difficulties and to create an atmosphere in which vulnerabilities can be explored without fears.I use the the principles of the Cognitive Behavioural and Compassion Focused Therapy model in my treatment. You can find me in the areas of Reading (town centre), Wokingham (town centre) and Basingstoke (Chineham).
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that targets unhelpful thinking loops and unwanted patterns of behaviour, which often impact on how we are feeling (can cause issues such as: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, etc.). Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT) works on the principle that the way we think about ourselves, the world or other people, impacts on how you feel and how we feel impacts on what we do. By changing the way we think, and/or the way we behave, we can improve how we feel, we can manage unhelpful symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic, etc.
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT) is the most widely researched and evidence-based form of therapy and has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of psychiatric disorders and psychological problems, such as depression, anxiety, OCD, low self-esteem, phobia, perfectionism, PTSD. In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is focused on the here and now, is practical and solution oriented as it empowers you to create goals, solve problems, learn skills and develop more adaptive ways of handling difficult situations.
While CBT is structured and active, it is also a collaborative process. As you are the expert of your own life, the treatment will be cater to your specific needs!
Compassion Focused Therapy
Compassion Focused Therapy brings together elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and insights from a range of other fields of psychology (e.g. neuroscience, evulutionary psychology, mindfulness, counselling, etc.). When we see the world, and ourselves, through a lens of compassion we can become enabled to change difficult patterns of behaviour relating to unhelpful thoughts and uncomfortable feelings into more positive ones.
During our counselling sessions I will be providing you with an environment of understanding, kindness in which I will be teaching you skills to manage your problems (e.g. depression, anxiety, difficulties dealing with stress, trauma, etc.). By using the principle of the Compassion Focused Therapy, you will acquire the ability to feel compassion towards yourself, and to self-soothe during challenging times. Over time, you will allow yourself to step away from judgement and self-attack and to embrace more useful attitudes.
Mindfulness is non-judgmental awareness and acceptance of present experience of your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. So often it’s the case that we’re physically present, but the focus of our awareness is elsewhere, e.g. the past. Being mindful means shifting your focus of attention to the ‘here and now’ rather than the past or the future. It is a skill that can be developed over time and the more time invested in mastering this skill, the more chances to improve psychological functioning and decrease emotional distress.