WHAT IT IS LIKE WORKING WITH ME AS A THERAPIST
I have two main goals as a therapist. First of all, I seek to learn if there are any trauma wounds that are causing current anxiety, self-esteem, or depression symptoms. If found I aim to help clients to process the underlying emotions, memories, and heal through self-compassion.
My second goal as a therapist is to give you an empty box and over time help you to fill it up with skills and tools to be able to cope with life’s challenges on your own-to become your own therapist.
The therapy approach that I offer is a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Trauma and Compassion Focused Therapy, and Counselling. It also includes various different approaches and models as and when needed, such as Inner Child Healing, and Visualisation.
Therapy takes place once a week on an agreed day and time over Skype, Zoom, phone, or in person if client is based in Glasgow, UK.Each session takes just under an hour with additional inner work expected to be completed in between the therapy sessions.
COGNITIVE BAHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT) APPROACH
The CBT approach offers an opportunity to work towards goals, have more structure for each session, work on yourself in between the therapy sessions through completing some ‘homework’ (such as journaling, meditations, exposing self to avoided situations), as well as offering psychoeducation that helps to answer the ‘Why’ behind your experiences. This approach is especially helpful for clients suffering from depression, anxiety, OCD, and phobias because it focuses on helping clients to be more aware of the relationship between their triggers, emotions, thoughts and behaviours and ultimately helps to change unwanted behaviours and unbalanced thoughts.
TRAUMA HEALING AND SELF-COMPASSION FOCUSED APPROACH
When we think of trauma we usually think about significant life events such as loss of a loved one, miscarriage, domestic violence, sexual abuse, or divorce. Although all of the above are indeed tragic life changing events, it is no more important than parental emotional neglect, verbal abuse at school, parent’s divorce, or otherwise not feeling truly seen , empathised with, and validated during those very important formative years of one’s life. Often clients come to me with anxiety symptoms that after taking a closer look turn out to be a trauma response to not having had a change to feel safe enough and consistently in childhood. It is like bleeding old wound that is always there yet we put a tiny plaster instead of healing the root cause of it. Trauma focused therapy approach can be very helpful to process and heal from Trauma and is usually offered in combination with CBT.