As a Clinical Psychologist, I am trained to draw on a range of evidence-based psychological therapies, however I predominantly specialise in and tailor my approach around the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I work from a non-judgemental and collaborative perspective and really value the importance of the therapeutic relationship.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a skills-based therapy that combines cognitive therapy and behaviour therapy. It focuses on how you think about the things that are happening in your life – your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes, and how this can impact on the way you behave and cope with emotional problems. It explores how you can change negative patterns of thinking or behaviour that may be causing you difficulties, and in turn, help you change the way you feel. The technique focuses on current problems and aims to give practical results.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is an evidence based, therapeutic approach that teaches acceptance and mindfulness skills, together with commitment and behaviour change strategies. ACT encourages you to become more aware of your thoughts, feelings and beliefs and the helpful and unhelpful ways in which you may respond to them. It teaches you more effective ways of managing your internal experiences so that they have less impact and influence over you. It tries to support you to become more aware of and in touch with what matters to you and commit to behaviours that ultimately improve and enrich your life.