Below you will find information on the therapies I offer which are:
Therapy for adopted children & children in long-term foster care
I work therapeutically using a number of approaches described below including Family and Systemic Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy).
I work integratively, drawing on as many therapeutic approaches as is necessary to provide a flexible therapeutic process that is tailored to fit your needs.
Please read below for more details.
When traumatic events occur the body’s natural coping mechanisms can be overwhelmed and subsequently the memory is not always fully processed. After a traumatic event or events (which may include childhood trauma and abuse) it is common and normal to experience various symptoms such as recurring thoughts of the incident/s, nightmares and intense emotions. Unlike everyday memories, trauma memories are stored in a raw and sensory form (i.e. in images, sounds and smells etc). This means they can be triggered unpredictably, out of the blue, for example by hearing a similar sound or seeing something that looks like something that was present during the trauma.
For some people, trauma symptoms naturally reduce over time. For others, the symptoms can continue or worsen. If symptoms last beyond three months, they may meet the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, people do not need to have a diagnosis of PTSD in order to benefit from a trauma focused therapy. If trauma symptoms are extremely intense or continue for more than three months, EMDR or other trauma focused therapy is sometimes indicated.
EMDR aims to reprocess traumatic memories so that they are stored in a less raw and emotive form and in turn reducing the frequency and intensity of the trauma symptoms or even resolving them.
EMDR’s involves recalling distressing events while receiving bilateral sensory input such as side to side eye movements, tapping and auditory tones.This process allows the brain to heal from the trauma and emotional distress.
EMDR is now increasingly used to treat symptoms which are not necessarily trauma related such as depression, anxiety, phobias and addictions.
If you would find it helpful, more information about EMDR can be found here.
Psychotherapy is a talking therapy that is used to treat emotional problems and mental health issues. Psychotherapy can offer an environment in which clients can express their feelings and gain deeper insight into the issues they face. The therapist aims to help the client find better ways to cope and supports them to initiate changes that benefit the way they think and behave in order to improve their mental and emotional wellbeing.
Psychotherapy can be short or long-term. The number of sessions will depend on the depth and complexity of the issues the client is facing.
Couples therapy can help couples to find a way through any difficulties that they may be facing in their relationship. Couples therapy is a type of psychotherapy in which the therapist helps the two people involved gain insight into their relationship, identify the issues or problems and work together to resolve conflict and misunderstanding so that they can resolve their difficulties and improve the quality of their relationship.
Couples therapy can be beneficial for any kind of relationship whether the partners are straight, gay, mixed race, young, old, dating, engaged or married.
Common areas of concern addressed in couples therapy include issues with emotional distance, frequent conflict, sex, infidelity, parenting, chronic health issues, infertility, in-laws, gambling, and substance abuse.
Family Therapy is a branch of psychotherapy that works with families to nurture change and positive development. Family therapy explores the relationship between family members rather than the internal world of the individual.
Family therapy recognises that family members will often have different views and feelings and works to ensure that everyone feels safe to explore these differences and find positive ways to support each other.
Family therapists help family members find constructive ways to help each other and explore possible ways forward.
Family therapy takes a non-judgemental stance towards the difficulties people and families find themselves negotiating and respects the importance of each person’s beliefs, culture, gender, age, sexuality and life experience.
I have training and experience of working with a variety of family constellations including gay, lesbian, transgender, stepfamilies and adoptive families.
If a family decide to undertake family therapy, the family and the therapist decide together which family members will be invited to attend each session.
If you would find it helpful, more information about family therapy can be found through the Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice.
THERAPY FOR ADOPTED CHILDREN & CHILDREN IN LONG-TERM FOSTER CARE
Sometimes difficulties arise in the relationship between a parent and child. Difficulties can occur for many reasons including early separation, periods of hospitalisation of the parent or child, parental mental health difficulties and difficulties in relationships between adoptive parents and their adopted children or between foster carers and children living in long-term foster care.
DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) is an attachment focused therapy that can help children to develop stronger attachment bonds with their parents and carers. In order to ensure safety for the child, the therapist initially works with the parents or caregivers alone to ensure that they have the motivation and ability to relate with the child in ways that facilitate attachment security. Where DDP is indicated it can enable the child to feel safer and more trusting in their relationship with their parent or caregiver and enable the child to feel they can turn to them for comfort and support.
If you would find it helpful, more information about DDP can be found here.