All appointments begin with a full psychological assessment of the problem, or thing, which is causing you concern or distress. We will evaluate the situation, to help figure out what is wrong, why, and importantly what has kept the problem going. Sometimes we might also use more formal testing, like psychometric measures and mental health inventories specific to the symptoms being experienced. The assessment helps us diagnose the problem, giving a comprehensive view of the situation, which we can use to plan the right sort of treatment to get us to the solution you are seeking.
When it comes to treatment there are a number of different options available in clinical psychology. The type of treatment we choose will depend on your individual situation, there is no one size fits all approach, and you will get an individualised treatment plan unique to your circumstances. As well as the treatment approaches described below, I may also draw upon other theoretical ideas and techniques including Psychodynamic Therapy, Systemic Family Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy involves identifying and then changing patterns of thoughts and behaviour that are contributing to and maintaining your problems. CBT is a short-term, goal-focused treatment that has a very strong clinical evidence base. CBT is effective for a number of mental health problems including depression, anxiety, OCD, phobia’s, panic, and eating disorders.
Schema Focussed Therapy takes an integrative approach, it is a more extensive treatment using aspects of CBT, experiential, interpersonal and psychoanalytic theories to provide treatment for more complex issues that may be personality based. This approach helps people change negative maladaptive patterns which they might have lived with for a long time.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a proven and effective psychological treatment. ACT uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, with commitment and behaviour change strategies, to enhance a person’s psychological flexibility to help them ‘be with’ their difficult thoughts. This leads to a better ability to take action in moving forward.
Child & Family
A tailored and specific psychological treatment is offered to meet the psychological needs of children and young people. This is informed by how family dynamics, school, social experience, and mental health impact. Often this treatment will include very specific parental guidance, cognitive and behavioural techniques, and psychotherapeutic strategies.