Emma sees young people and adults from age 16+ on a one-to-one basis for short or long term therapy work. Emma sees clients for the following reasons: abuse, anxiety, anger management, addiction, adjustment, autism, ADHD, bereavement and loss, depression, gender dysphoria, intrusive thoughts, loss of identity, low self-esteem, OCD, phobias, relationship difficulties, self-harm, sexuality, suicidal thoughts, trauma, work related stress. Although this list is not exhaustive.
The integrative model draws on different therapeutic approaches including psychodynamic, humanistic and behavioural. This means the focus is longer term, aiming to understand a person’s thought processes and current situation, and thinking about how this is being influenced by past events. Psychotherapy is often described as a therapy that addresses the underlying root cause, allowing change and personal growth to occur. It is particularly helpful for focusing on recurrent problems and patterns of thought / behaviour.
Integrating different approaches allows the therapist to adapt the therapy to meet the individual needs of the client. Integrative psychotherapy places a strong emphasis on the therapeutic relationship, which in itself becomes part of the therapy work.
Counselling is helpful for focusing on a single issue that is present such as a bereavement, work-place stress or relationship breakdown. Counselling is generally considered short-term work (weeks or a few months) providing support, guidance and education to help the client find solutions to their problems.
DBT is a NICE recommended therapy for the treatment of self-harm, suicidality and high risk impulsive behaviours. DBT is normally run as a year long programme consisting of weekly 1:1 sessions, skills group therapy and telephone coaching. Any deviations from this model means the therapy offered is ‘DBT informed’. Sessions follow the same structure of a traditional DBT session prioritising life threatening behaviours but they also include the teaching of DBT skills (Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation & Interpersonal Effectiveness).
‘Mentalizing refers to our ability to attend to mental states in ourselves and in others as we attempt to understand our own actions and those of others on the basis of intentional mental states.’ (Anne Freud Centre).
Mentalization is a form of psychotherapy which integrates psychodynamic, cognitive, ecological and systemic approaches. The goal is to help you make sense of your thoughts, beliefs, feelings and wishes. This understanding can hopefully link to your behaviour and actions, aiding your ability to change these. Initially developed for the treatment of difficulties commonly associated with personality disorders, it is widely used for a range of psychiatric conditions. It is a time limited intervention which consists of both 1:1 and group therapy.
A highly effective therapy used to treat a range of difficulties ranging from anxiety and depression to psychosis. CBT is used to help you identify unhelpful thoughts or patterns of behaviour, which then leads to challenging these thoughts and learning new coping strategies. It is particularly helpful for a more practical treatment of self-defeating or distorted patterns of behaviours
‘I was really nervous about seeing a therapist as I didn’t actually know what was ‘wrong’ but Emma really understood me and I felt at ease during the assessment. She’s not just a ‘how does that make you feel’ therapist which I find patronising, she’s practical and genuine.’
‘I feel a lot more insightful to my problems and why I think the way that I do, and do the things that I do. Everything seems to finally make sense.’
‘My life has changed over the last year, I never believed I’d be any different but I now have friends and a job.’
‘I’ll always be grateful for you never giving up on me even when I gave up on myself’