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Emma sees adults (18+) 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.
When considering a therapist Guildford it is important to consider which therapy approach is right for you. There is a myriad of information and advice at our fingertips nowadays and it can be overwhelming to know where to start when it comes to choosing the right one.
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 Guildford to adapt the session ƒlow 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.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
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 mean 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).
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Highly effective therapy is 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 the more practical treatment of self-defeating or distorted patterns of behaviours.
Emma has acquired a wide range of experience over the past 10 years within the NHS and private sector, working in both inpatient and community mental health settings. Previously, Emma has held positions within the senior management of a large blue-chip retailer.
Emma was instrumental in the set-up and expansion of the provision of personality disorder and trauma services in the NHS. Today she continues to work as a senior DBT practitioner specialising in the treatment of complex trauma and personality disorders. Emma developed a firm interest in the treatment of mental health difficulties experienced by women with Autism and/or ADHD. Within this role, Emma continues to work with people on an individual basis and also delivers group-based psychological treatments.
Emma works with clients privately from age 18+ offering integrative psychotherapy in Surrey, which is part of her training as an integrative psychotherapist. Emma also offers a range of counselling services in Guildford and works in a client-centred approach which means she will incorporate all of her experience and knowledge in various therapeutic approaches to tailor the approach to her client’s specific needs.
‘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’