EMDR is a therapy which was initially developed to help people process trauma. During EMDR we use some form of non-intrusive bilateral stimulation such as side to side eye movements, left to right hand tapping, self tapping in order to stimulate the left and right hemispheres of the brain. This helps to integrate our thoughts and emotions about the trauma which can become separated as a result of this trauma. Continue reading

Some tips for facing our fears

The idea of facing our fears has always been with us and has been much written about in ancient and modern scripts. Jim Morrison, of The Doors, said “Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.” I like this quote as it acknowledges the existential fear of freedom and is in keeping with a CBT approach to facing fears. Continue reading “Some tips for facing our fears”


Mindfulness, the practice of being present in this moment with openness and acceptance to what this moment offers, has become popular in our busy world. It is not actually a therapy in itself,  but can be used for therapeutic purposes. Continue reading “Mindfulness”

Couple therapy

Our intimate partnerships have a major and profound impact on us. They influence our emotional lives, the expression of our sexual desires, our social lives, the wellbeing of any children and our finances. Continue reading “Couple therapy”

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

We can become emotionally harmed for a long time following experiences which are painful, distressing or shocking. These experiences may be “one off” events or may occur over a period of time.

A trauma following a single event can impact on a limited part of our life, e.g. a driving phobia following a car accident. It can also lead to more severe problems, such as experiencing distressing flashbacks. Continue reading

Cognitive Analytic (CAT)

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is a form of brief psychotherapy that is useful for a wide range of problems.  As its name suggests, it brings together understandings from cognitive psychotherapies (such as CBT) and from psychoanalytic approaches into one integrated, user-friendly therapy. Continue reading “Cognitive Analytic (CAT)”