WHAT I CAN HELP WITH
Long term Developmental Trauma, such as childhood trauma
Experiences of abuse
Experiences of neglect
Behaviour that is causing issues in your life
Difficulties in managing behaviour
Difficulties in relationships
Post traumatic stress
Aggression or behavioural difficulties
Sexual or violent thoughts
I know that seeing a list like this can feel very confusing - get in touch and we can talk it through before you make any decisions about therapy.
YOU CAN BOOK ME...
I currently offer face-to-face therapy on a Friday afternoon/evening. My office is located in Nottingham with view to expand to other areas in future.
635 Western Boulevard,
Nottingham NG8 5GS
I focus my therapy around Schema Theory, which is useful for getting to know you and understand where your difficulties might come from. This therapy is more long term, so we’re not just putting a plaster on the wound, we’re taking our time to understand what is going on and changing it from within for a much more effective treatment. I am also trained in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Polyvagal Theory and I am a Qualified Yoga Teacher which I utilise for more of the Mindfulness/relaxation-based aspects of treatment. As part of my training to become an accredited Schema Therapist, I will mainly be focusing on this as a method of treatment.
Schema therapy - More information
Compassion Focused Therapy - More information
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - More information
Polyvagal Theory - More information
My therapy takes this structure –
1) Formulation—this is ‘getting to know you’. What are you experiencing? Where does this come from? What events might have led to this? A lot of this will look at your childhood and life experiences and then developing a ‘map’, which is a description of you. It can be extremely therapeutic to see this map, because you can finally understand yourself better. (This can also be the part we develop a ‘risk plan’ or a ‘crisis plan’ if you’re struggling with issues that can be risky for you).
2) Planning—based on your formulation, we can then understand what treatment needs that you have. So, we’re not just doing a ‘one size fits all’ therapy (i.e., “you have anxiety—this is anxiety treatment”). It’s tailored specifically to what you need, based on the map that we have already created together. This planning will be collaborative and open, so you know exactly what is going on and there are no surprises.
3) Therapy—this is where we get into the therapy. Please see the ‘My Therapy’ section below for some information on what models I follow, if this interests you.
4) Review and Consolidation—When we both feel the time is right, we will think about decreasing the amount of therapy that you have slowly (e.g., going from once a week, to once every two weeks). I will not spring this on you; it is a collaborative process always.