All therapies can bring about change, if there's a desire to do so, but depending on the problem, some therapies are more effective than others. I work in an eclectic way, utilising a variety of techniques depending on the client. I believe that the most important part of psychotherapy is the client's relationship with the therapist so I work at a pace to suit each individual . The client is always in charge of the process and what outcome they desire. Often the results are that clients become happier and self-confident and more effective in dealing with life's stresses. Small sample of thank you's from my clients.
Your initial consultation with me is a fact finding exercise and is free of charge. To save time I will have sent you a form to complete to give me some background information that we can discuss and talk about your goals. If you're comfortable with me and I feel I can help you then I will offer you the opportunity to progress with a session. There is absolutely no obligation to proceed if you don't want to.
Here are some of the therapies I may use or integrate:-
NLP Psychotherapy: Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapy or NLP Therapy is a goal oriented and practical approach to solving problems, achieving goals and personal evolution. It builds on the foundations of NLP and includes other psychological models to provide a deeper and more holistic approach enabling clients to take charge of their own development and continue with it long after our sessions have finished.
Although I've been trained in 'talk therapies', I like to integrate techniques that access the subconscious which is where changes are made at a deeper level and are usually more longer lasting. Here are some:-
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is a powerful technique that helps eliminate painful emotions, physical pain and psychological problems by tapping on certain parts of the body. . It can help just about everyone to achieve genuine freedom from the emotions that have created problems in their lives. EFT helps to restore balance in the energy field and can rapidly resolve many psychological and emotional problems. It comes from kinesiology and works on the principle that the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system. It has helped people almost miraculously with a broad range of difficulties. New or old emotional upsets can often be released in minutes, their results are usually long lasting, and side effects are almost always positive.
During the session you focus on the problem and say it out loud whilst either you or I tap on certain points around your face and upper body whilst fully clothed. The tapping routine takes about 1-2minutes to apply and is completely safe. Depending on the complexity, most issues respond after a few sessions and you’re left with a logical understanding or a rational response to the problem ….and it rarely returns. EFT has been shown in studies and clinical trials to help with anxiety, trauma, stress, phobias, weight loss, fears, grief, addiction, depression and even reduce the intensity of pain and side effects of cancer treatment.
Below is a website that houses a variety of clinical trials, studies and reports on the efficacy of EFT:
Mindfulness Mindfulness can be practiced by anyone from young to old. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to, and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives. It will not eliminate life's pressures, but it can help us respond to them in a calmer manner that benefits our heart, head, and body. It helps us recognise and step away from habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events. It provides us with a scientifically researched approach to cultivating clarity, insight, and understanding. Practicing mindfulness allows us to be fully present in our life and work, and improve our quality of life.
With mindfulness practice, we can learn to quieten the mind through mental exercises such as noticing your breathing and body sensations. For example, these exercises help you not to take things personally, but learn to treat them as if they were clouds in the sky, observing them with curiosity. There are exercises to encourage you to be kind to yourself instead of being critical. Mindfulness has been clinically proven to bring about long term changes with negative thoughts, depression and anxiety. It is not a form of religion, it merely trains your mind to focus more clearly.
Hypnotherapy is hypnosis with therapy and has been used for hundreds of years as a theraputic tool. By gently taking you into a relaxed state, the therapist can talk to your subconscious mind and suggest changes. It's all very natural and very safe. Modern hypnotherapists use hypnosis not only for medical purposes, but also as an aid for the resolution of many problems that are psychological in origin. All age groups will readily respond to Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is like meditation, visualisation or daydreaming. You are aware and in control at every moment and you can terminate the session at any time. It is impossible for you to "get stuck" in a state of hypnosis, and you cannot be made to do something that is against your will. I am not a stage hypnotist.
It is the most effective way of giving up smoking according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. It is endorsed by and used by medical practitioners. Researchers at the University of Manchester believe hypnosis relieves symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS). It has also been proven to reduce blood pressure.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by 'laying on hands' and is based on the idea that an unseen 'life force energy' flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means 'God's Wisdom or the Higher Power' and Ki which is 'life force energy.' So, Reiki is actually 'spiritually guided life force energy.' A study done in 2007 by the National Health Interview Survey indicates that 1.2 million adults and 161,000 children received one or more sessions of energy healing therapy such as Reiki in the previous year. According to the American Hospital Association, in 2007, 15% or over 800 American hospitals offered Reiki as part of hospital service. It is also used in more than a dozen hospitals in the UK, including the University College London (NHS) and Southampton University Hospitals (NHS). It is also used in palliative care, physiotherapy units, medical centres, social services, drug and alcohol abuse and many more places, including the operating theatre. Helena's Reiki lineage goes back to Mikao Usui.
Havening Techniques are a healing modality, designed to help individuals overcome problems that are the consequence of traumatic encoding. The Havening Techniques belong to a larger group of methods called psychosensory therapies, which use sensory input to alter thought, mood and behavior. You will be asked to think of the event or emotion and at the same time stroke your arms and carry out some eye movements. You will then be asked to visualise a movement and a pleasant memory. This takes approximately 5 minutes. Results are very rapid for a wide range of issues.
Below is an abstract report on the the impact of a single-session of a brief intervention, called Havening, in addressing depression, anxiety and impaired functioning in the workplace. The aim of the study was to explore the efficacy of a single-session of Havening in improving self-reported impaired occupational functioning.
Abstract Report from Health Science Journal