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My approach

I recognise that each client is the expert in their own lives. As such, I work collaboratively with each client and encourage feedback every step of the way to ensure that treatment is on track. 

Schema Therapy

An integrative and collaborative approach...

Therapy is not one-size-fits-all and through my years of training and practice I have developed a therapeutic approach that draws on various evidence-based therapeutic frameworks to create an integrated approach for each client. 

Some of the approaches I draw on to create an individualised treatment plan are described below. 

Schema Therapy (ST)

A schema is a pattern of thinking and feeling that develops in our early life and influences our behaviour and ways of coping. Sometimes these patterns develop as a result of core emotional needs going unmet and are maladaptive or unhelpful, ultimately influencing the way that we relate to ourselves, others and the world. Schema Therapy assists in understanding these patterns and helps to rescript unhelpful narratives and develop new and adaptive ways of relating and coping.

Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT)

Aceeptance and Committment Therapy is an action-based therapy designed to enhance awareness of thoughts, feelings and behaviours to identify what does and doesn't work in bringing us closer to the life that we want. ACT aims to reduce unhelpful avoidance and cultivate opennes to emotional experience, resilience and the ability to align thoughts and behaviours with identity and values. 
 

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a structured evidence-based approach grounded in attachment theory and science applicable to both individuals and relationships. EFT recognises the importance of secure attachment for healthy and fulfilling relationships and strives to strengthen the safe and loving bond within relationships, whilst also enhancing the coping and resilience of each person individually.

EFT is non-blaming, non-judgmental, warm and gentle approach to relationship distress. The research (please see https://iceeft.com/eft-research-3/) finds that 70-75% of couples achieve recovery from relationship distress, and 90% of relationships report improved relationship satisfaction following EFT.

Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT)

A highly effective therapeutic add-on for treating bipolar and related disorders, IPSRT combines Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and Social Rhythym Theory to support clients in identifying and understanding their biological and social rhythyms that influence mood and develop tools and strategies to better manage life stressors and find stability. IPSRT wonderfully compliments each of the therapies described above for those that need additional support for mood episodes. 

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