Counselling, EMDR, CBT and Person Centred

Counselling, EMDR, CBT and Life Coaching

Our Counsellors

  • Billy-Anne Hambleton (CBT & EMDR)
  • Steve Brown (CBT, Art Therapy, Sleep Clinic)
  • Danielle Slammon

Counselling can help at times of crisis or distress or when dealing with on-going personal difficulties.

Issues such as:

  • Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Feeling low
  • Low self-esteem and confidence
  • Relationship issues
  • Stress and work related problems.

CBT

  • Billy-Anne Hambleton
  • Steve Brown

Counselling is undertaken in a setting that provides a safe and confidential space that enables a client to explore issues as they arise.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been proven to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in those of all ages. It is an evidence-based intervention recommended by NICE (The National Institute for Health & Care Excellence).

Generally a short- to medium-term treatment, CBT is mainly concerned with how you think (your cognitions) and act (your behaviour) now, instead of focusing on difficulties in your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.

Often described as a talking therapy, CBT is more accurately a talking and doing (behavioural) therapy. This approach requires you to work between sessions to collect evidence of what happens when you think or behave in a particular way. You might be asked to record in diary form what has happened with regard to the issue you are addressing. Together you might design behavioural experiments to try out between sessions.

Changes can then be measured so it can be seen how therapy is working and what needs to happen next to reach your goal, as you build skills and knowledge to manage your situation more effectively.

For further information, see: www.babcp.com - the lead organisation for CBT in the UK

EMDR

  • Billy-Anne Hambleton

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an approach first used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, but is now also used to enable children, adolescents and adults to recover from depression, anxiety, phobias, disordered eating, addiction and other symptoms of emotional distress that are the result of difficult life experiences.

When a disturbing experience happens, it is stored in the brain with the sights, sounds, thoughts and feelings that accompany it. Sometimes the brain doesn’t process the experience as it would normally and it is prevented from becoming a memory. The negative thoughts and feelings of the event are trapped in the nervous system and continue to be triggered. It remains a current problem, rather than one that’s in the past. EMDR unlocks the negative memories and emotions, and helps the brain to successfully digest the experience, so the past stops being re-experienced. The goal of EMDR is to leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that enable healthier functioning.

A person may have experienced events they do not want to talk about. With EMDR, it is possible to process memories without having to talk out loud about them.

Visit the EMDR UK & Ireland website.

 Art Therapy

  • Steve Brown

Art TherapyArt therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. It is a way to address emotional issues which may be experienced as confusing and distressing. It is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable and it is not used as diagnostic tool. There is no requirement to have any previous experience or expertise in art.

Art therapy can be for children, young people, adults and the elderly, who may have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These can include emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions or physical illnesses.

Although influenced by psychoanalysis, art therapy encompasses other therapy styles including attachment-based psychotherapy, client-centred, compassion-focussed and cognitive therapy, and mindfulness. It has evolved to reflect the cultural and social diversity of the people who engage in it.

Sessions are provided on an individual basis.  The process includes an initial assessment to identify presenting problems and to agree therapy goals. Art Therapy can be a brief therapy of a few sessions or a more extended contact over many more weeks.

Sleep Therapy

  • Steve Brown

Sleep problems can affect everyone at some time in their life. We all have an occasional poor night’s sleep. But when our sleep is disturbed for several nights and continues to be disturbed, it can make life seem impossible.

If your poor sleep makes you feel drained of energy and lacking enthusiasm, then you are most likely suffering from insomnia and you could benefit from some individual help to get your sleep back on track.

Insomnia can be defined as a difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next day, even though you have had opportunity to sleep.

Typical symptoms of insomnia are:

  • difficulty getting off to sleep
  • waking up in the middle of the night
  • waking up early in the morning
  • feeling irritable, tired and having difficulty functioning the next day
  • persistent disturbed sleep for least two weeks or more

The Sleep Clinic is an individual four week course designed to identify the causes of your sleep problem and to gain a fuller understanding of sleep.
The course uses simple but very effective solutions to improving your sleep employing proven Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approaches for insomnia.

Person Centred Counselling

  • Danielle Slammon

This approach to counselling is client led and moves away from the idea that the therapist is the expert. Instead the therapist fosters empathy to enter the clients world in a non judgemental, honest manner. Its about providing a safe space where the client feels able to explore and look at any upset or incongruence.

The central truth for Carl Rogers, the originator the approach, was the client knows best. It is the client who knows what hurts and where the pain lies and it is the client who, in the final analysis will discover the way forward. The task of the counsellor is to be the kind of companion who can relate in such a way that the client can access their own wisdom and recover self direction, leading to the client's autonomy.

Mindfulness

  • Steve Brown

What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the art of paying attention in a kindly and non-judgemental way. Studies have shown that it can be helpful if you are prone to worrying about the future or find it hard to let go of situations or events once they have passed. In mindfulness we try to keep our mind in the present moment.

Mindfulness is the practice of being not doing

Mindfulness is a specific way of paying attention to what is happening in the present moment, without making judgments or wishing things were different. It involves paying attention to the present moment while disengaging from our ‘usual mental clutter’.
The benefits of mindfulness are many. It enhances well-being and lowers levels of stress, improves mental health and develops greater resilience.

What Can Mindfulness Do For You?

  • Reduce Depression
  • Reduce Anxiety
  • Reduce Stress
  • Reduce Physical Pain
  • Improve Sleep

How Does It Improve Mental Health?

  • It is the exact opposite of “ruminative thinking” (the tendency to dwell on the same thought or theme) which creates low moods to persist and return.
  • Teaches to attach labels to thoughts, to detach from emotions. You are experiencing an event/emotion – you are not that event/emotion.
  • Teaches that thoughts are thoughts, not facts.
  • Teaches to just be aware instead of judging.
  • Teaches self-compassion

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