The model of psychological therapy I practice is a form of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It is a talking therapy that has been proven to assist with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorders.
CBT is based on the principle that a person's mood is affected by both their behaviour and thinking patterns. By uncovering unhelpful thoughts and behaviours these can be challenged using a variety of techniques and behavioural experiments.
Unhelpful thinking for people suffering with social anxiety can include "If I go to the party then no one will talk to me" and "If I try to talk to others then I'll make a fool of myself". Unhelpful beliefs for depression include "There's no point going out" and "I'm not good enough". These issues can lead to sufferers avoiding situations and other people.
The work begins by collaboratively creating goals of therapy, which are specific and achievable. Once the goals have been agreed a "formulation" is developed to help understand the links between cognitions (thoughts, imagines and memories), emotions, and behaviours. The formulation is primarily focused on the "here and now", but also considers past events to help build a better understanding of why the cognitions and behaviours have developed.
With this understanding, we then work on giving the client more choices in how to respond to the unwanted thoughts or feelings. These include "Cognitive Reappraisal", to help look at cognitions in a more rational and realistic way. Behaviours are changed through the use of behavioural experiments and help the client act in accordance with their values.
I also utilise mindfulness techniques. These techniques offer clients another choice when considering how to respond to situations in more helpful and healthy ways.
One key aim of the therapy is to enable the client to become their own therapist. By practising the tools and techniques they will better equipped to deal with life after therapy.
CBT is often a short term therapy and clients can notice a change after only a few sessions. Therapy can range from one session to six sessions, although longer term work may be required.
My standard fee, for individuals, is 70€/£65 for a session, which lasts up to an hour. For couples, my standard fee is 75€/£70. There is an additional 2€ fee for card/PayPal payments.
Yes. Regardless of your location, I offer therapy sessions online via Zoom and by telephone.