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I have specialised in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) but my training and work experience has required me to work in other theoretical approaches such as psycho-dynamic therapy, person-centred and systemic counselling. I believe however, that each client has different needs that do not always suit CBT alone. I tend to work integratively which means that I can be flexible, using a variety of different therapeutic approaches like the ones mentioned above. This enables me to customise therapy according to your needs.
I would like to explain CBT a little bit below with a brief outline of what you can expect in therapy.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’s main emphasis lies on an individual’s thoughts (cognitions) and actions (behaviour). It claims that thoughts influence the way we feel and the way we act. Simply put, if an individual tends to have particular negative thought patterns, he or she will most likely feel negative too. An easy example would be if you feel particularly nervous about going to a counsellor and think beforehand that it’s going to be scary and uncomfortable, chances are that you will feel anxious and negative. However, if you were thinking that the therapist is there to help you and is just another human being, you would probably feel more relaxed and more positive.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy will try to identify unhelpful re-current thoughts and will help to change these into more rational, realistic thoughts which in turn will change the way you feel. It will also help to break-through certain behavioural patterns and may challenge you to engage in new or avoided behaviours. It is a collaborative process where you and I work together and which is characterised by mutual trust and respect. Before a therapy plan is made you and I will try and identify your specific goals for therapy, these are very important as they will direct the course of therapy. These can however, be amended once therapy has commenced.

I may at times draw on your childhood and other past experiences which I believe is helpful for both of us in making links between the past and how these may have formed the way you act, think and feel today. I believe it is often helpful to gain this understanding. It may explain amongst other things why you may seem to often act in the same (unhelpful) way in certain situations. Perhaps you are left with self-defeating perceptions that have grown out of past family experiences etc. Looking at your history will also enable me to see what is unfinished for you in the past and how this may effect your present however, I will not do unnecessary digging into your past unless you expressly wish for me to do so.

Together we will work at changing your potentially unhelpful assumptions about life and restructure some of these beliefs. I may give you some tasks to carry out outside therapy which we will then review and discuss during a session. These may include relaxation techniques in case you suffer of anxiety or panic attacks. I may also give you some background reading material which you can keep to further inform you.

Termination of therapy depends on a few things. You need to feel ready to put into practice what you have learnt in therapy by applying new skills and attitudes about life. If desired, we can develop an action plan that will help you to become your own therapist. We may use a session to evaluate the process and outcome of therapy and we will look at your robustness to deal with possible setbacks and assess whether you feel you need to come in for a ‘check-up’ after some time.

However, in the unlikely event that I feel that I cannot help you any further I may need to finish therapy. I am required by professional ethical standards to do so but I hope that I can let you know whether I can help you or not after the first initial session to avoid inconvenience on your part.