Psychology & Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy

 

We aim to provide the best psychotherapy via effective methods and a collaborative relationship. Together we will aim for transformation and resolution of your difficulties - beyond surviving your problems, and towards a life well lived, with inner confidence, meaning, vitality and strength. We will aim well beyond 'managing your problems' and 'self-understanding'.  

 

As significant, measurable, reliable and long lasting improvement in your well-being is our aim:

  • We gather session by session feedback to ensure we are on the right track; 
  • We welcome honest and frank sharing of what is working and what is less helpful; 
  • We focus on ensuring you are making the changes that will make the most significant and long lasting differences - empowering your to improve your life. 

Your Therapy

You may have never had psychotherapy in the past or may be pursuing a new psychotherapy.  Either way, we work in a progressive way that can really make a difference, we will be open and honest about what we are doing. Here is an overview that will help you understand.

•          Firstly, we will aim to understand your specific concerns and what you want to change – for instance, not focusing on any diagnosis you may have previously been given or what others have told you will help you.  This will involve some questionnaires and an assessment session.

•          We will then consider the evidence base for the difficulties you have described and use appropriate methods that we have specialised training in.  If we are not best placed to help you - we will be open and honest with you about this.

•          We will adjust what and how we use the psychotherapeutic methods based on your feedback.

•          We will measure and monitor your difficulties session-by-session.

•          It is important to understand that sometimes difficulties get worse before they get better, as people become more aware of problems, or underlying difficulties or traumas come to the surface. 

•          We will regularly ask for your reflections on the work to faciliate your development and gain feedback.

Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy

EDT is Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. It is a form of psychotherapy whose aim is to enable you, in a reasonably short time, to change yourself for the better. You are helped to experience your emotions as fully as possible from within a therapist/patient relationship that is genuine, personal and respectful.  You can then come to understand the roots of your suffering and how this suffering is kept alive.  It then becomes possible to start healing and work towards becoming happier and more well-adjusted.

EDT sees feelings, emotions, impulses and desires as a deep and meaningful expression of who you are. It uses basic dynamic theory and concepts, but is open to integrate elements of other models to help the patient. It is rooted in the patient/therapist relationship.

Every practitioner of EDT eventually develops a unique style of treatment. Some clinicians have formalised their ways of working into distinct systems of psychotherapy.  These psychotherapeutic approaches all share the common features of being psychodynamic in orientation and emphasizing the promotion of healthy emotional experience to foster rapid, deep and lasting therapeutic change.

From www.edt-uk.com

There is a substantial body of research demonstrating that EDT treatment is rapid and effective, with gains maintained and even enhanced at long-term follow-up.

The Experiential Dynamic Therapies share a number of characteristics. They are all:

•          Psychodynamic: they are built on parts of Freudian psychoanalytic theory, in that they work with conflicting unconscious forces within the psyche, with a particular focus on defences, anxiety, avoided feelings, and transference.  Other aspects of psychoanalytic theory and practice are de-emphasized and even rejected.

•          Experiential: EDTs emphasize the importance of experiencing rather than avoiding healthy emotions during psychotherapy sessions, because simply talking about emotions is not sufficient to bring therapeutic change.

•          Relational: EDTs focus on emotional closeness and attachment, and make central use of the therapeutic relationship for both assessment and treatment.

•          Transformation-oriented: the goal of the EDTs is to help patients achieve meaningful change as rapidly as possible; for many patients, this means a fundamental shift in their orientation to themselves, their relationships, and the world.  While many EDTs retain the words “short-term” in their titles, the foremost goal of an EDT is to achieve significant, lasting change.  In many cases, therapy is dramatically shorter than traditional long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy.

From www.iedta.net

What is a Clinical Psychologist?

Psychologists are regulated - so you can find me on the British Psychological Society (BPS) Website and I have to register with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Anyone calling themselves a psychologist must register with the HCPC - so you are protected as a consumer and you can know that I have passed my practitioner psychologist doctorate degree.

But what do Clinical Psychologists do?

Clinical psychologists aim to reduce psychological distress and enhance and promote psychological well-being.

They are trained to work across a broad variety of mental or physical health problems which might include:

•          Anxiety and depression

•          Serious and enduring mental illness

•          Adjustment to physical illness

•          Neurological disorders

•          Addictive behaviours

•          Childhood behaviour disorders

•          Personal and family relationships.

To assess a client, a clinical psychologist undertakes a clinical assessment, using a variety of methods including, psychometric tests, interviews and direct observation of behaviour. Assessment may lead to therapy, or advice or referral onto another professional.

Due to their high level of research skills, clinical psychologists undertake the role of scientist-practitioner, as an innovator and applied researcher, adding to the evidence base of practice in a variety of health care settings.

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