“The curious paradox is when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

Carl Rogers

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems. CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle. CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is one of the most significant, exciting and innovative developments for decades in the treatment of psychological trauma related conditions.  Supported by extensive research. Recommended for the treatment of PTSD in national and international guidelines including the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a simple and effective therapy that can help your brain process disturbing and distressing memories. Research studies have shown that EMDR can markedly accelerate the healing process after a traumatic experience and that the effects are long lasting. There are now more scientifically controlled studies on the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorders with EMDR than with any other form of psychological treatment. EMDR is highly effective, often preferred by clients and generally of shorter duration than other treatment methods. EMDR integrates a range of psychological therapies within a comprehensive framework to effect therapeutic change.  It is supported by extensive research and recommended for the treatment of PTSD in national and international guidelines including the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). A wealth of research has been conducted demonstrating the benefits of EMDR in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as war related experiences, childhood abuse or neglect, natural disaster, assault, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents. Recent research also suggests benefits of using EMDR in treating a number of conditions including anxiety disorders, depression and chronic pain. EMDR has been found to be of benefit to children as well as adults.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a technique which can help people manage their mental health or simply gain more enjoyment from life. It involves making a special effort to give your full attention to what is happening in the present moment – to what’s happening in your body, your mind or your surroundings in a non-judgmental way. Practicing mindfulness helps you feel more connected to your body and gives you a breathing space between thought and action. Mindfulness can help you to:

  • increase your awareness of your thoughts and feelings
  • manage unhelpful thoughts
  • develop more helpful responses to difficult feelings and events
  • be kinder towards yourself
  • feel calmer and better able to manage stress
  • manage some physical health problem, like chronic pain