Counselling & Psychotherapy
Counselling & Psychotherapy – what is addressed?
Many personal, everyday life or professional related problems can be helped through counselling. This is about making a positive choice to get the help that you need when you need it. Don’t wait until a problem has grown to become unmanageable – rather address the issues early, before they become entrenched.
Relationships and relational issues, problems in the couple
Family system fractures and dysfunctions
Bereavement and other losses
Psychosexual issues, gender and identity issues
Substance abuse and other behavioural dependencies
Eating disorders and body issues
Depressive and anxious symptomology, including panic attacks, phobias and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
Various types of traumatic disorders: including PTSD, C-PTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and dissociative symptoms
Childhood sexual abuse, domestic abuse
Other work-related issues and emotional distress in professional life
Counselling & Psychotherapy – how is it addressed?
The aim is to build a good rapport – a therapeutic alliance – where trust and authenticity help in engaging with issues that are sometimes delicate or painful by:
gradually exploring your thoughts and feelings;
working cooperatively to find a resolution to the problem and helping you to look at situations from different points of view;
paying attention to your developmental history, looking at important formative experiences that have contributed to your core beliefs and expectations;
seeking to provide empathy and compassion and thus helping foster your own empathy and compassion towards the self and others;
addressing together your (maladaptive) attempts at solving problems: involving endeavours at avoiding emotional pain (through addictions and impulsive behaviours etc);
supporting you in facing situations that you have avoided in the past (both external situations and inner emotions), and in finding realistic adaptive solutions to alleviate life’s problems,
What is EMDR Therapy?
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardised protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.
What kind of problems can EMDR treat?
Scientific research has established EMDR as effective for the treatment of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). However, it has also been proven to be successful in the treatment of the following conditions:
Panic Attacks, Complicated Grief, Dissociative Disorders, Disturbing Memories
Phobias, Pain Disorders, Performance Anxiety, Stress Reduction, Addictions
Sexual and/or Physical Abuse, Body Dysmorphic Disorders, Personality Disorders
If you would like to know more about EMDR as well as other treatments for trauma and dissociation, please contact me to arrange a consultation (by phone or in-person).