Therapy is a collaborative process to promotes self-awareness, helping to understand thinking, emotions, the development of these in your own unique circumstances and recognising patterns of behaviour. Increased awareness and choices about changing behaviours and typical responses is the aim for stable recovery. When you are in a challenging situation sometimes it is difficult to get a clear perspective. Psychological therapy helps to identify the roots and prioritise problems so you can gain greater understanding and move towards healing. Sometimes, people use therapy for personal development to enable them to live fuller lives.
Sometimes it can be difficult to know ‘what’s wrong’. Often, problems are interlinked or something changes in life that sparks off a series of difficulties. Not being able to clearly identify the difficulty is ok and part of my role to help you to make sense of it. Over the years, I have learned so much from the people I’v been privileged to work with and can use this knowledge in combination with recent literature, research and academic learning to help develop a treatment plan. Depending on your strengths, difficulties and goals for therapy, I will help you make an informed choice about how to progress with therapy.
I work mainly from a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy perspective utilising aspects of Schema Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and additional techniques as appropriate to you. Some modalities make more intuitive sense to the individual so the Clinical Psychology therapy is tailored to your needs based on a shared formulation of your difficulties and strengths. There has been much published research on the effectiveness of psychological therapies for common problems such as depression and anxiety. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) regularly publishes updates of the current evidence base for different types of psychological therapy. For example they have advice about depression and anxiety. Read their guidelines for managing common mental health difficulties if you want further information.
I am fully insured and accredited. It is always worthwhile checking your therapist’s qualifications and asking for further clarification and explanations. You can check my credentials and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council, the British Psychological Society and the International Society of Schema Therapists. I am fortunate to be one of a small group of qualified schema therapists working in Northern Ireland. Schema therapy is an approach which is evidenced as effective for individuals and couples who find themselves in repetitive patterns of emotions, thoughts and coping behaviours. The therapy approach best suited to your own needs, goals and current circumstances is taken into account in the assessment and formulation of the challenges you present with. Therefore, you can make an informed choice about the level of intervention you need/wish for and can manage at the given time. Therapy is not a ‘one size fits all’ and it’s important that it makes sense and is adjusted for you so that it is meaningful.