What I offer


Person-Centered Therapy

Why Person-Centred Therapy is Good for Trauma and Anxiety

Understanding Person-Centred Therapy: Person-centred therapy is a type of talk therapy that focuses on you as a unique individual. It’s built on the belief that you have the inner strength and resources to understand and solve your problems. The therapist’s role is to provide a safe, accepting, and non-judgmental space where you can explore your feelings and thoughts freely.

How It Helps with Trauma and Anxiety: Trauma and anxiety can feel overwhelming, like a storm inside you that won’t settle down. Person-centred therapy can be incredibly healing because it meets you exactly where you are and helps you navigate through your pain and fear at your own pace. Here’s how:

  • Empathy and Understanding: The therapist listens deeply and truly understands what you’re going through. They don’t just hear your words; they tune into your feelings and experiences with genuine empathy. This can be incredibly comforting, especially when you’re dealing with trauma and anxiety, as it feels like someone is walking with you through your darkest moments.
  • Non-Judgmental Support: In person-centred therapy, there is no pressure to be anything other than yourself. You can express your thoughts and feelings without fear of being judged. This unconditional support can make you feel safe enough to confront and process painful memories or anxious thoughts that you might have been avoiding.
  • Empowerment: You are in charge of your healing journey. The therapist believes in your ability to find your own answers and make positive changes in your life. This approach can help rebuild your sense of control and confidence, which is often shaken by trauma and anxiety.
  • Growth and Healing: Person-centred therapy encourages you to explore and understand your emotions deeply. This self-exploration can lead to profound personal growth and healing. Over time, you may find that you understand yourself better, feel more resilient, and are able to manage your anxiety more effectively.
  • Building Trust and Connection: The relationship between you and your therapist is central to the healing process. This connection is built on trust, respect, and genuine care. For someone dealing with trauma and anxiety, feeling truly seen and valued can be incredibly transformative.

In Summary: Person-centred therapy is a compassionate approach that nurtures your inner strength and resilience. It helps you navigate the storm of trauma and anxiety with the comforting assurance that you are not alone, and that you have the power within you to heal and grow.

If you’re struggling with trauma or anxiety, consider giving person-centred therapy a try. It could be the gentle, supportive hand you need to start feeling better.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Trauma

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a practical and effective approach to help people manage anxiety and trauma. Here's how it works:


  • Understanding Thoughts and Feelings: CBT helps you become aware of how your thoughts and feelings influence your behavior. For example, if you often think "I'm not good enough," you might feel anxious and avoid challenges. Recognizing these patterns is the first step toward changing them
  • Changing Negative Patterns: Once you identify harmful thoughts, CBT teaches you how to challenge and change them. Instead of thinking "I can't handle this," you learn to say, "I can try my best." This shift can reduce anxiety and help you face fears more confidently.
  • Building New Skills: CBT provides practical tools to cope with anxiety and trauma. Techniques like deep breathing, mindfulness, and problem-solving skills help you manage stress in the moment and build resilience over time.
  • Facing Fears Gradually: For trauma, CBT often involves slowly and safely facing memories or situations that cause fear. This process, called "exposure," helps reduce the power these triggers have over you. With guidance, you learn that you can handle the memories or situations without being overwhelmed.
  • Creating Positive Habits: Finally, CBT encourages you to adopt healthier habits and routines. Regular exercise, good sleep, and positive social interactions can all contribute to reducing anxiety and improving your overall well-being.


By working together with a therapist using CBT, you can develop a toolkit of strategies to manage anxiety and heal from trauma, leading to a more balanced and fulfilling life.


Solution Focused Hypnotherapy

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy For Anxiety And Trauma

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is a powerful and gentle way to help people overcome anxiety and trauma. Here’s how it works:


  • Focusing on Solutions: Instead of dwelling on problems, this therapy focuses on finding solutions. You'll work with your therapist to identify what you want to achieve and the steps needed to get there. This positive approach helps reduce anxiety by giving you a clear path forward.
  • Using Relaxation and Hypnosis: Hypnotherapy uses deep relaxation techniques to calm your mind and body. When you’re relaxed, your mind is more open to positive suggestions. This can help change negative thought patterns and create new, healthier ways of thinking.
  • Building Confidence: Through hypnosis, you can visualize yourself coping successfully with anxiety and trauma. These positive images boost your confidence and help you feel more in control of your emotions and reactions.
  • Accessing Inner Strength: Hypnotherapy helps you tap into your inner strengths and resources. By focusing on your abilities and past successes, you’ll feel more empowered to handle current challenges.
  • Setting Realistic Goals: Together with your therapist, you’ll set achievable goals. Each small step forward builds momentum, helping you make steady progress toward overcoming anxiety and healing from trauma.
  • Encouraging Positive Change: The positive suggestions and relaxation techniques used in hypnotherapy help reinforce new, healthier habits. Over time, these changes become part of your daily life, reducing anxiety and improving your overall well-being.


By using Solution Focused Hypnotherapy, you can develop a calm and confident mindset, helping you move past anxiety and trauma toward a more positive and fulfilling life.


Integral Eye Movement Therapy

Integral Eye Movement Therapy For Anxiety

Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT) is a powerful technique for helping people manage anxiety and heal from trauma. Here’s how it works:

  • Understanding the Connection: IEMT helps you understand how certain eye movements can influence the way your brain processes emotional memories. This connection is used to reduce the impact of distressing thoughts and feelings.
  • Guided Eye Movements: During an IEMT session, your therapist will guide your eyes through specific patterns while you think about a troubling memory or feeling. These eye movements help to "reprogram" the way your brain processes the memory, making it less distressing.
  • Reducing Emotional Intensity: By following the guided eye movements, the emotional intensity of traumatic memories and anxious thoughts is reduced. This helps you feel calmer and more in control, without having to talk about the details of your trauma.
  • Quick and Effective: IEMT can often bring rapid relief, sometimes within just a few sessions. This makes it a practical option for those seeking quick results in managing anxiety and trauma.
  • Creating Positive Change: The technique helps to shift your perspective on past events, making them feel less threatening. This change in perspective can lead to a more positive outlook and better coping strategies for future challenges.
  • Building Resilience: As the impact of anxiety and trauma diminishes, you’ll find it easier to face new situations with confidence. IEMT helps you build resilience, making it easier to handle stress and bounce back from setbacks.


By using Integral Eye Movement Therapy, you can reduce the emotional weight of anxiety and trauma, leading to a calmer, more balanced life.


The Rewind Technique

The Rewind Technique For Trauma And Ptsd

The Rewind Technique is a simple yet effective method for helping people overcome anxiety and trauma. Here’s how it works:


  • Gentle and Non-Intrusive: The Rewind Technique is a gentle approach that doesn’t require you to talk about your traumatic experiences in detail. This makes it easier and more comfortable for many people to engage in the process.
  • Relaxation and Visualisation: During a session, you'll be guided into a state of deep relaxation. In this relaxed state, your mind is more open to positive changes. You will then visualize your traumatic memory as if you are watching it on a screen, from a safe distance.
  • Rewinding the Memory: The therapist will guide you to mentally “rewind” and “fast-forward” through the traumatic memory several times. This helps to break the strong emotional link associated with the memory, making it feel less distressing and more manageable.
  • Creating Emotional Distance: By repeatedly viewing the memory in a safe and controlled way, The Rewind Technique helps to create emotional distance. This means the memory still exists, but it no longer triggers intense anxiety or distress.
  • Quick and Effective: The Rewind Technique often brings quick results, sometimes in just one or two sessions. This makes it a time-efficient option for those looking to overcome anxiety and trauma without a lengthy therapeutic process.
  • Building Confidence and Calm: As the traumatic memory loses its power, you’ll feel more confident and calm. This reduction in anxiety allows you to focus on positive aspects of your life and move forward with a greater sense of peace and well-being.


By using The Rewind Technique, you can gently and effectively reduce the impact of anxiety and trauma, helping you to live a calmer and more fulfilling life.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me for a free, no obligation 15 minute chat if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.


You can also call me on 07484386985 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.


All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.

FEES

Counselling £75.00 per session.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy £75.00 per session.

Rewind Technique £75 per session.

Integral Eye Movement Therapy £75.00 per session.


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