What is Counselling?
'Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing."
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What is Integrative Therapy?
My training enables me to incorporate a combined approach to therapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies, such as Cognitive behaviour Therapy CBT and EMDR. I take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations.
My counselling practice is within easy reach of the centre of Canterbury.
I considered each of my clients as a whole and my counselling techniques are tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances.
Personally I follow the idea that there are many ways in which our thoughts, feelings and behaviours can be explored and understood - they are all interconnected.
Essentially, building a trusting relationship with my clients is so very important to me; as from understanding your journey we can not only explore what works, but why it works for you.
What is EMDR? (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy)
When a person is involved in a distressing event, they may feel overwhelmed and their brain may be unable to process the information like a normal memory. The distressing memory seems to become frozen on a neurological level. When a person recalls the distressing memory, the person can re-experience what they saw, heard, smelt, tasted or felt, and this can be quite intense. Sometimes the memories are so distressing, the person tries to avoid thinking about the distressing event to avoid experiencing the distressing feelings.
Some find that the distressing memories come to mind when something reminds them of the distressing event, or sometimes the memories just seem to just pop into mind. The alternating left-right stimulation of the brain with eye movements, sounds or taps during EMDR, seems to stimulate the frozen or blocked information processing system.
In the process the distressing memories seem to lose their intensity, so that the memories are less distressing and seem more like 'ordinary' memories. The effect is believed to be similar to that which occurs naturally during REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) when your eyes rapidly move from side to side. EMDR helps reduce the distress of all the different kinds of memories, whether it was what you saw, heard, smelt, tasted, felt or thought.
Please click here to find out more about EMDR from the EMDR Association UK & Europe