As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained in and able to draw upon a range of psychological therapies. I specialise in and tailor my approach around the principles of both Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
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.
CBT is an effective treatment option for a range of mental health issues. It has been widely researched and is recognised in guidelines produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
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.