I began working in the '70's for a G.P. in the National Health Service and became more and more horrified at the amount of tranquillizers and sleeping tablets that the G.P. was giving out to his patients. I felt that there had to be a better way of treatment and better help for people than being on mood altering drugs to help them deal with their problems. I began searching for the answer and eventually I found the answer by trying hypno-therapy for myself. I knew this was the answer and went on to train as a Hypno-Analyst. I also work as a counsellor. I began my counselling by studying Psycho-Dynamic Counselling at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation. I then studied Neuro-Linguistic Programming. After this I became very interested in working with addiction and in 1998 I started studying Reality Therapy and achieved my Basic Intensive Certificate and my Advanced Intensive Certificate. I then went on to study on a one year Post Graduate's course at Clouds House, Wiltshire for the Certificate in Addiction Counselling. I worked in the field of addiction for four and a half years as a full time Addiction Counsellor.
As a counsellor I am a member of the BACP, which means that I adhere to their codes of practice and ethics. Within my counselling practice I use an Integrative model of counselling. This incorporates Reality Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, plus Psycho-Dynamic models. I have a small private practice, where I work with all client groups and use a humanistic, integrative approach, when counselling.
As a Hypno-Therapist/Hypno-Analyst I work in private practice and am a member of the International Association of Hypno-Analysts. I adhere to their Code of Practice and Ethics.
Whether working as a Hypno-Analyst or a Counsellor I believe that every client has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and be honoured for the unique person they are. Strict confidentiality is always strictly adhered to.
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I am also an EMDR Practitioner
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What is EMDR?
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing. It is a psychotherapeutic procedure that was originated and developed by Dr Francine Shapiro in the United States in 1987.
EMDR was originally designed to treat traumatic or "dysfunctional" memories and experiences and their psychological consequences, and the procedure has mainly been used in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. However EMDR has been increasingly used over the years to treat e.g., grief, phobias, test and performance anxiety, anxiety and panic disorders, pain, sexual dysfunction, and a wide range of experientially based disorders.
EMDR is an evidence based therapeutic procedure. That is, although the procedure originally developed out of self-observation, the evolution and development of the procedure has been dictated by clinical and research findings. Most of the components in EMDR are recognisable from other well-known therapies although they are arranged in a unique order. However, one unusual element in EMDR is bilateral stimulation usually in the form of eye movements, but also sometimes in the form of bilateral auditory or tactile stimulation. There is a great deal of evidence that bilateral stimulation speeds up the reprocessing of disturbing emotional or traumatic material and at the same time helps the client feel safer in making contact with traumatic material. A number of replicated research trials have demonstrated that eye movements reduce the vividness of emotional and traumatic imagery. It is believed that the eye movements induced in EMDR mirror the natural eye movement process that occurs in the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase of sleep during which information is processed naturally.
In EMDR, the therapist will always firstly carry out a careful psychological assessment of whether EMDR would be suitable for the problem (s) presented, and will elicit a memory representing the problem. The client will then work with the therapist in clearing the neural pathway that this trauma has been stored and replacing it with positive cognitions.