After moving to Clitheroe in Lancashire in 2001 to take up the Head of Hearing Therapy post across East Lancashire NHS, it soon became apparent there was a need to add to my skill set. In my previous post, we had a clinical psychologist our patients could work with when they needed psychological help with their tinnitus and/or hearing in addition to what I could offer as a Hearing Therapist.
As a result of that, I went on to take a PG Dip in Hypnosis & Psychotherapy so that I could help my patients in Lancashire who needed help with anxiety/depression that in fact made their tinnitus distress worse. I later consolidated this qualification with an MSc in Psychotherapy with the University of Sheffield.
In my role as psychotherapist and having a Clinical Physiology background, I teach how to rebalance the Autonomic Nervous System (anxiety causes major imbalance in this essential function) and then progress forward to enabling clients achieve that sense of control that's "missing" when anxiety and stress have taken over.
Is holistic and integrated
Is person centred
Begins by exploring the physiology behind how you feel - my background being in Clinical Physiology
Often involves merging Rogerian, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Existential approaches
Always tailors therapy to the individual and their specific needs
May include hypnotherapy - I am a CNHC registered hypnotherapist
Always uses clinical measures, for example the BAI (Beck Anxiety Inventory) in order to measure progress and benefit
Always has a beginning, a middle and an end of therapy
I work with:
People aged 14+
Young people who have been bullied at school or online
People with self-confidence/self-esteem issues
People with short, medium and long term anxiety and/or depression
People on medium to long term medications for anxiety and/or depression who want to reduce or come off their medications altogether - this is done in conjunction with their doctor/GP
People struggling with OCD
People who have experienced trauma
People going through relationship difficulties at home, work or socially
More detailed information about my work in Counselling and Psychotherapy can be found in my website