This is the original form of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. With this approach, we are introduced to the idea that there are eight unhealthy negative emotions. Events don't trigger these emotions, our beliefs about the events do.. If a rigid unhealthy belief is maintained, one or more of the eight unhealthy negative emotions will be triggered. If a flexible healthy belief is maintained, then at worst one or more of the eight healthy negative emotions will be triggered.
If we're experiencing a healthy negative emotion, we're much more likely to act in a way that resolves the thing that we're feeling negatively over. If we're experiencing unhealthy negative emotions, we're much more likely to act in a way that makes the situation worst. With REBT, the unhealthy negative emotions: depression, anxiety, anger, hurt, guilt, shame, unhealthy envy and unhealthy jealousy will be things of the past.
Trauma can be described as a painful past learning experience that intrudes into the perceptual system with such intensity that it causes the body to react to safe environments as if there's risk. Using clinically proven techniques and neuroscience, the brain can be rewired to respond to the 'now' in a more appropriate and relaxed way.
Anxiety is similar in that the brain has been alerted to something perceived as threatening. Three things need to take place: we're over-estimating the threat, we're under-estimating our ability to cope and we're under-estimating the chances of getting support. Using exposure techniques, self-regulation and cognitive restructuring, we can quickly address these three things.
Relationships can be difficult. With couples counselling, we can resolve conflicts, rekindle passion and improve communication so that emergent issues are tackled in a co-creative and compassionate environment.
We can explore numerous techniques that create strong satisfying partnerships that can weather turmoil and upset in a confident and re-affirming way. Whether it's used to prevent further disruption or improving and nurturing bonds, counselling can be an effective tool in facilitating mutual growth, respect and understanding.
Although I specialise in the above areas, I have experience in many other approaches. These include Person-centred, Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis, Inner Child Work, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Single Session Therapy, Dreamwork, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Gestalt and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.
The issues I've worked with include abuse, stress, eating disorders, grief & loss, sexuality & gender, confidence, phobias, anger management, hoarding, OCD, attachment issues, addiction, self-harming, identity, spirituality, personality disorders, assertiveness, self-harming and panic attacks.
To increase the chances of compatibility, before any work is done, I can send you a form where you can indicate the type of therapy you think you would find the most beneficial and we can start there.