CBT & EMDR
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that aims to help you manage your problems by changing how you think & how you act. CBT encourages you to talk about a number of things including: how you think about yourself, the world around you & other people how what you do affects your thoughts & feelings, day-to-day by talking about these things, CBT can help you to change how you think ('cognitive') & what you do (‘behaviour’), which can help you feel better about yourself & move forward with your life.
Who can use CBT?
CBT is not a therapy that is 'done to you', it takes active participation on your part & commitment to change your thoughts & behaviours. It is a therapy that is designed to identify maladaptive behaviours, but also actively modify & change them for the better.
How many sessions will I need?
CBT usually involves weekly or fortnightly therapy sessions. The number of sessions required varies greatly depending on your problems & what you would like to achieve and treatment usually lasts from 6 weeks to 6 months.
What can I expect the outcome to be?
CBT can help you see how your thoughts & behaviour relate to the way you feel, & how this may be contributing to problems in your life & the lives of those around you. Your therapist will help you find ways to change your thought patterns & behaviour so you are better able to cope with your problems & anxieties.
Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye movement desensitisation & reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of therapy that was originally developed to work on processing traumatic memories. It has been proven to benefit people who are struggling with post-traumatic stress syndrome & more recently phobias and anxiety reactions, pain management & other issues relating to unprocessed experiences. It uses an eight phased approach to address the past, present & future memories that
we store, with the aim of reducing the intensity of disturbing memories, whilst increasing a more adaptive belief about the future.
EMDR aims to help your brain process flashbacks so that you can come to terms with the traumatic experience & think more positively.
EMDR has been found to help many people with a variety of distressing issues reduce their distress.
EMDR is not hypnosis & the client is awake throughout the process. The therapist does not make any suggestions or direct thoughts, but allows the client to process unresolved issues in a safe, fast & effective way.