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Which Therapy is Right For Me?


There are many different types or ‘modalities’ of therapy. A therapist may specialise in one modality or may be trained in several different types of therapy. It can be helpful to have a basic idea of what modality you think may suit you, however, any reputable therapist will be more than happy to help you to determine which therapy you may benefit from most.


I am trained in several modalities - I believe in the value of a holistic approach which enables me to support my clients effectively in addressing whatever challenges may arise during therapy.

My work is underpinned by the person-centred approach which places you, the client, at the centre of the work, rather than a system or model. The client directs the content of the therapy while the therapist works to understand the client’s experiences from their point of view. The therapist provides an environment that is non-judgemental and aims to facilitate the client to gain increased self-awareness, understanding and self-acceptance.


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) aims to help you change the way you think (cognitive) and what you do (behaviour). Rather than looking at past causes, it focuses on current problems and practical solutions to help you feel better now. The way we think about situations affects the way we feel and behave. If we view a situation negatively, we may experience negative emotions and feelings which lead us to behave in an unhelpful way. Your therapist will help you identify and challenge any negative thinking, so you can deal with situations better and behave in a more positive way. CBT can be helpful for depression, anxiety, stress, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders and managing long term conditions.


Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) helps the client learn to manage difficult emotions by allowing the emotions to be experienced, recognised and accepted. As the client learns to accept and regulate their emotions, it becomes possible to change harmful behaviours and learn more effective ways of dealing with distress. Understanding and acceptance of experiences and emotions can help the client learn to deal with their feelings in a different way.


Depending on the difficulties experienced by a client I may concentrate on one approach or integrate relevant elements of two or more. If you have any questions about seeking therapy, the types of therapy I offer or want to arrange an initial assessment, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Further information about the different types of therapy can be found on the BACP website - https://www.bacp.co.uk/about-therapy/types-of-therapy/

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