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We specialise in: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Schema Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing and other modalities that the Psychologists have training in or knowledge of.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Aaron Beck first introduced Cognitive Therapy. Since then it has evolved to be used with many different kinds of disorders. It is useful for targeting specific difficulties like anxiety and depression by teaching you skills to become aware of your thought patterns and the emotions and behaviours that occur with these. Change can be facilitated through re-evaluation of these patterns, and learning alternative ways of behaving in your everyday life. Homework will be given so you are learning to apply strategies for yourself and experiment with different behaviours. Treatment can be effective in a short space of time. 6 or 8 sessions can be sufficient to give you skills that you can then continue to use in the future.

Mindfulness | Acceptance Mindfulness is drawn from Buddhist practice, and is a very helpful way to decrease stress and manage moods, particularly in combination with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Mindfulness is a method of increasing awareness of the present moment, which can help to free people from the tendency to get drawn into automatic reactions to thoughts, feelings, and events. It can teach you to disengage from negative judgments, and accept feelings with compassion instead of fighting them. You will increase your awareness and be able to see current situations more clearly, and choose responses to them with calmness and wisdom.

Cognitive Schema Therapy This is an integrative approach to therapy which explores patterns of thinking, feeling, and relating in the present, and helps to link these to their development in childhood in order to increase self understanding and facilitate change. It combines the use of cognitive work, imagery, gestalt and emotion-focus techniques, object relations, and the therapeutic relationship. It can be short term or longer term work, depending on the issues involved, although it is typically used with more long-standing difficulties.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) This therapy was developed by Francine Shapiro for working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is an integrative approach which combines aspects of several therapies, including Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness, with alternating bilateral attention simulation. This process appears to facilitate a person's normal ability to process information and to integrate difficult memories, in such a way that reduces their power to interfere with the ability to live a normal life. In the process clients can experience a reduction in their presenting symptoms and improved self esteem. For more information: www.emdria.org.

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