Negative emotions are inbuilt into all of us as a means of survival, helping to warn us of imminent danger or threat. When these emotions are in balance, we remain mentally healthy. When our emotions begin to mis-fire, usually as a result of multiple stressors, mental health problems can emerge and we can become stuck in a vicious cycle. Psychological therapy, gives you the opportunity to learn to control your emotions in a helpful and constructive manner, within a confidential, non-jugdemental environment. Common difficulties seen include:
- Panic attacks
- Post-traumatic stress
- Health anxiety
- Social anxiety
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
A little note on what to expect…
The therapeutic process begins with an assessment where we meet one-to-one to discuss the difficulties you are experiencing. We will guide you through this process by asking questions about your history as well as your past and current lifestyle so that we can build up an accurate and full picture of your experience. This step is usually completed in 1-2 sessions depending on the complexity involved.
Then, together with you, we start to weave everything together into a coherent and meaningful framework so that we can understand the problem fully. This is called formulation, which helps us to define the problem, to understand the reasons why it is happening and what may be keeping it going. We explore your strengths and the resources and supports you have in your life that help you to deal with stress. We also consider the potentially problematic circumstances or coping habits that you may have developed which could be preventing problem resolution. Once the formulation is agreed, your therapist will use it to inform selection of the most suitable treatment. The treatment plan is then discussed and therapy can begin.
Alison’s training allows her to draw on a number of modes of treatment. She is trained in a variety of different therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy, Schema Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, DBT-informed therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and can therefore provide an integrated approach that is tailored to your needs.
Sara’s training is in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and she likes to use and incorporate techniques from a range of other therapeutic modalities in order to suit each individual.