Schema Therapy aims to help people to change unhelpful patterns which they have lived with for a long time.
Although schemas are usually developed early in, they can also form later, in adulthood. These schemas are perpetuated behaviourally through the coping styles of schema maintenance, schema avoidance, and schema compensation.
Schema-Focused Therapy consists of three stages. First is the assessment phase, in which schemas are identified during the initial sessions. Questionnaires may be used as well to get a clear picture of the various patterns involved. Next comes the emotional awareness and experiential phase, wherein patients get in touch with these schemas and learn how to spot them when they are operating in their day-to-day life. Thirdly, the behavioural change stage becomes the focus, during which the client is actively involved in replacing negative, habitual thoughts and behaviours with new, healthy cognitive and behavioural options.
This approach is about teaching you psychological skills to deal with painful thoughts and feelings effectively, in such a way that they have less impact on you. It helps you to clarify what is truly important to you then uses that knowledge to guide you to change your life for the better. This approach has been used to enrich people's lives. It has helped them become ‘unstuck’ from unhelpful thoughts and ‘narratives’ about themselves. Having felt the benefits myself, I would recommend this therapy.
I have offered a full DBT approach as part of a larger team when working in the NHS. Drawing upon this previous experience, she uses a DBT informed approach to help build skills in regulating emotions, tolerating distress and building relationship skills such as assertiveness.
As an accredited EMDR therapist, I frequently use EMDR, which has been demonstrated to be very effective in a wide range of conditions. EMDR can help unlock difficult past memories, helping you recover from them by using the brain’s ability to heal itself.
I offer this approach due to its strong evidence base for the successful treatment of a wide range of problems. It is an empowering therapy that teaches you to become your own ‘therapist’, so you feel more able to maintain any progress made during your time in therapy.
I am a qualified 200hr yoga teacher and have also attended workshops on how to integrate yoga within psychological therapy.
There is now increasing evidence for the therapeutic benefits of yoga to promote health and alleviate psychological symptoms. I have also personally benefitted from the practice of yoga, both in mind and body.
Yoga skills, for example can help with motivation, calming the nervous system, emotion regulation, tackling trauma symptoms. It can also help to develop awareness, a connection to your ‘wise mind’ and to your values.
This has led to me using a holistic approach, recognising the importance of supporting physical and mental well-being. I offer both restorative and dynamic yoga and this can be offered as a stand- alone approach to your well-being or incorporated within psychological therapy tailored to your needs.
I can offer a range of workshops based on what people feel they need, these include Mind/Body workshops, Stress reduction, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) based workshops and Mindfulness. If there is something specific you are looking for please do get in touch and I will see if it is something I am able to offer.
I enjoy offering supervision and would initially like a conversation with you to find out from you what you feel you need most. I would then consider with you whether I would be a good match, based on the models I would draw upon and my experience which is predominantly in Adult Mental Health.
My supervision experience to date includes: Supervising Counsellors and Mental Health Advisors at the University of Winchester, supervising Trainee Clinical Psychologists within the NHS and supervising Clinical Psychologists and Counsellors working in private practice.