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Aaron Beck first introduced Cognitive Therapy. Since then it has evolved through people like Judith Beck and Christine Paedesky to be used with many different kinds of disorders. It is useful for targeting specific difficulties like anxiety and depression by teaching you skills to become aware of your thought patterns and the emotions and behaviours that occur with these. Change can be facilitated through re-evaluation of these patterns, and learning alternative ways of behaving in your everyday life. Homework will be given so you are learning to apply strategies for yourself and experiment with different behaviours. Treatment can be effective in a short space of time. 6 or 8 sessions can be sufficient to give you skills that you can then continue to use in the future.
For further information see www.beckinstitute.org or www.mindovermood.com


This is an integrative approach to therapy developed by Jeffery Young which explores patterns of thinking, feeling, and relating in the present, and helps to link these to their development in childhood in order to increase self understanding and facilitate change. It combines the use of cognitive work, imagery, gestalt and the therapeutic relationship. It can be short term or longer term work, depending on the issues involved, although it is typically used with more long-standing difficulties. www.schematherapy.com


This approach helps you to recognise and build on your strengths, clarify your values and learn skills and strategies to develop and grow your life into the one you want to live, that helps you flourish and feel positive about yourself and your life direction and experiences.


Mindfulness is drawn from Buddhist practice, and is a very helpful way to decrease stress and manage moods, particularly in combination with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Mindfulness is a method of increasing awareness of the present moment, which can help to free people from the tendency to get drawn into automatic reactions to thoughts, feelings, and events. It can teach you to disengage from negative judgments, and accept feelings with compassion instead of fighting them. You will increase your awareness and be able to see current situations more clearly, and choose responses to them with calmness and wisdom


This therapy was developed by Francine Shapiro for working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is an integrative approach which combines aspects of several therapies, including Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness, with bilateral stimulation. This process appears to facilitate a person's normal ability to process information and to integrate difficult memories, in such a way that reduces their power to interfere with the ability to live a normal life. In the process clients can experience a reduction in their presenting symptoms and improved self esteem. For more information: www.emdria.org


This approach can be particularly useful for people that feel stuck with other therapies, or who tend to have illness, pain and/or somatic symptoms. Body Psychotherapy is based on the principle of mind-body interaction, which tells us that psychological and emotional conflicts are represented physically in the body, as well as being part of our Psyche. When we experience stress or trauma, the energy flows in the body may become blocked through muscular & visceral tension, which we create to cope with overwhelming events or emotions. Psychological work alone does not always work deeply enough to free these areas, and the result can be stress & distress that takes root in the body and creates chronic tension areas. This can ultimately lead to disease processes, and there may be a corresponding feeling of unease & lack of joy/vitality that can occur for the person. There are a range of techniques we offer that can be useful for exploring these links, and creating transformative experiences. These include Mindfulness, Somatic Trauma Therapy, Gestalt Body Therapy, Biodynamic Massage (Gerda Boyesen) and methods drawn from Reichian vegetotherapy, Bioenergetics and Object Relations work (as taught at Chiron, UK).

SOMATIC TRAUMA THERAPY Babette Rothschild facilitates a 3 part training in this form of therapy. It is a form of therapy for treating trauma that honours the effect on the body and the potential for somatic triggers, and overwhelm. Hence treatment is safe from re-traumatising the client, and respects the speed and timing of the individual in processing the traumatic memory.

BIODYNAMIC MASSAGE is a form of massage that facilitates psychotherapeutic process and body awareness. It is very effective with many physical or psychological problems, including anxiety, depression, pain & recovery from trauma, as well as for greater self/body awareness. It was developed by Gerda Boyesen, Psychologist & Physiotherapist. The therapist uses a stethoscope to listen to the peristaltic noises of the gut that indicates how emotional material is being processed in your body. If you wish the massage process to be part of a more in-depth psychotherapeutic process, the work will also move into more verbal work, and other forms of bodywork as appropriate. Biodynamic Massage can also be used on it’s own, or in conjunction with psychotherapy from another therapist.
Biodynamic Massage may not be suitable for all people or at certain stages in the therapy process. This can be ascertained at the initial assessment session, and alternatives recommended if this should be the case.
For more information see www.ahbmt.org

CHIRON BODY PSYCHOTHERAPY The Chiron centre for Body Psychotherapy was in Ealing, London for many years. Unfortunately it has now closed, however there is still a strong Association of Chiron Therapists that remains. Susan Harding and Gavriel Philip have spent 6 years in training at the centre to learn an integrated humanistic approach combining various theories of psychotherapy and body psychotherapy.
This approach involves the therapist being able to be centred and aware in their own body, and to be ‘present’ for the client in a mindful way, and so be able to attune to the client’s experience and work with this in an appropriate and collaborative way.