How I work
As a Clinical Psychologist I am trained to integrate and apply different therapeutic models to meet the needs of the individual. That might include elements from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Psychodyamic and Narrative approachs amongst others. I am drawn in particular to Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), this is a system of psychotherapy developed by Professor Paul Gilbert that integrates techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy with concepts from evolutionary psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology and neuroscience. One of its key concerns is to help people develop the ability to self soothe and feel safeness. Another major influence is Irving Yalom who invented Existential Therapy and is the author of ‘Love’s Executioner’.
One thing I always do is to take a comprehensive history of a client. In effect we will be writing your autobiography. Just the act of telling your story can be very therapeutic. As Eleanor Longden says: 'The important question isn’t “what’s wrong with you?” but “what happened to you?”' I want to provide an atmosphere where you as my client can feel supported to face your issues and find ways to alleviate distress.
Evidence shows that the most effective therapy is when client feedback is asked for and I may do this verbally or through simple feedback sheets.