This technique is used to de-link Trauma from our memories in a process called de-traumatization.
Havening requires therapeutic touch of ones own arm, hands and face guided by the Therapist through a series of distraction techniques and positive affirmations.
This therapy focuses on specific problematic thoughts that are not smoothing our way to success. By identifying unhelpful thoughts that are hindering our progress we can begin to challenge and change them through a process called belief change. This ultimately allows us to view our goals more positively and in a way that smooths our way to success.
This therapy focuses on specific problematic thoughts and behaviours to identify faulty patterns of thinking that may be hindering you from living your life to the fullest extent. During CBT informed sessions we will work to overcome the problematic thoughts and replace them with new, more positive and productive ones.
This therapy focuses on unhelpful or destructive patterns of behaviour that are a result of intense emotional responses to situations or ‘triggers’. During DBT informed sessions we will work to identify negative thinking patterns which will enable us to begin to work towards creating positive behavioural changes. This type of therapy is based on CBT but with an added importance of you beginning to be able to accept who you are whilst working with the therapist to make positive changes to current behaviours.
This therapy is based on the idea that we all have our own internal maps of the world that we have put together as a result of our unique and individual experiences throughout our lives. During an NLP session we will focus on the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that drive the way in which you conduct yourself in your day-to-day life to begin to change the areas that you are dissatisfied with.
This therapy focuses on the present and future rather than past problems and precipitating factors to current problematic situations, thoughts and behaviours. Solution focused therapy is a goal focused therapy that requires both you and I to work together to identify your goals and preferred outcomes using specific structured questioning techniques.
This refers to an individuals ability to recognise and understand their own emotions and those of the people they interact with. Mastering this skill allows individuals to determine preferred outcomes and achieve them in a manner that is emotionally and socially informed. Emotional intelligence is underpinned by five main components: Self Awareness, Self Regulation, Empathy, Motivation and Social Skills.
This particular skill informs every part of my everyday personal and professional life and is crucial to any work I carry out with clients. Making people aware of, and teaching, Emotional Intelligence is of the utmost importance to my practice.
This skill is something that is developed as we go through life as a result of our life experiences. Resilience is something that can be learned and is an important tool for all people to have. People who experience trauma and stressful events but are able to return back to their usual functionality in a reasonable amount of time are considered to be resilient. Resilience is important to us all as we navigate our way through life, it allows us to not become completely derailed by adverse events.
By understanding why the sources of stress in our lives can have such a negative impact on us we can begin to challenge our current ways of thinking. Sometimes this can be a straightforward process and other times it can take some explorative work between therapist and client to identify the thoughts and feelings associated with the stress and the reasons why they are there. Work can then be completed around placing less importance on stressful situations and more importance on understanding ourselves and controlling our emotional responses.
By learning to manage our emotions we can gain a deeper understanding of why certain situations trigger significant emotional responses within us. This is especially important if these responses are disproportionate to the event that took place and leave us with a feeling of dread or guilt once the situation has passed. Learning to regulate our own emotions can be done. For some people it comes naturally and for others it can be a long and sometimes difficult journey but with the right support and guidance it is possible.
Mindfulness is a skill that can be learned with the right support and guidance. Being mindful can be as simple as closing your eyes and noticing yourself and your surroundings, what can you hear, feel, smell and taste? Are you tense? Are you calm?
Practicing mindfulness allows us to have more of a connection with ourselves and an awareness of the sensations in our body. It can be difficult to be mindful if we are always on the go and juggling all the day to day tasks we often do. It can be difficult to focus on being mindful if you are thinking about what you have done, what you still need to do, what you have forgotten. I can facilitate mindfulness until you master the skill yourself. Just taking five minutes a day to be mindful can improve our overall mental well being.
Relaxation is such an important aspect of therapy. All too often we walk around with a build up of tension throughout our bodies that can have a negative impact on both our mental and physical health. Life is busy and it is often the case that we forget to take time out to look after ourselves, by practicing relaxation for even just a short amount everyday it is possible to improve your overall well being.