Psychotherapy/Counselling

COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY:  MORE INFORMATION

Counselling & Psychotherapy
Counselling & psychotherapy can help with emotional, behavioural, life, relationship and mental health issues that are causing you stress, discomfort and pain.  Psychotherapy is often a longer process to help you gain insight into the root of those problems and guides you towards change for a freer and happier life.  Talking about your issues to another can help raise awareness and knowledge about them, and raised awareness provides the possibility to create change and new ways.

Integrative Arts Psychotherapy
Integrative Arts Psychotherapy uses the arts – painting, drawing, imagery, sandtray, claywork, bodywork, movement, creative writing, drama, music – to help express what is going on for you. It provides a new way to see and express your inner thoughts and feelings, often when the words needed to describe our situation are difficult to find.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE AN EXPERT IN THE ARTS  – WE ARE ALL CREATIVE.
The important power of this work is it helps you to understand you.
The psychotherapist is there to help you on this path of understanding.

EMDR (Eye Movement De-sensitisation Reprogramming)
This technique is used to process and heal difficult traumatic events that may cause emotional and/or behavioural discomfort.  It can also be used to process and alter unhealthy belief systems.  EMDR utilises the client’s eye movements, whilst they are fully awake and aware, to help them access thoughts and feelings stored in the unconscious.  EMDR helps you process those thoughts and make peace with difficulties.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga
This acknowledges that trauma and difficult feelings can be stored in the body, and gently and sensitively empowers the client to work with these issues.  This psychological and physical form of yoga therapy was devised by David Emerson and Bessel Van Der Kolk of the Boston Trauma Center (U.S.A).  I trained with them in the U.S.

DDP: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy aids the parent to understand their own psychological make up.  After this methods are learned to aid an improved relationship between parent and child as well as ways to manage difficult emotions and behaviours.  Many of these methods are useful for all relationships.

CBT: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for adults and children.  The therapist and client work collaboratively to examine problematic issues.  Together they expand on client self-knowledge, awareness, and understanding, eventually putting this learning into gradual healthier practice and experience.

Things THERAPY can help with include:
Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Bi-polar disorder, Confidence, Assertiveness and Low Self-Esteem issues, Depression, Family and relationship difficulties, Self-harm, Stress caused by life pressures and changes, Life traumas, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Domestic Violence, Physical and sexual abuse, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Unhelpful belief systems, Personal crises, Abortion issues, Adoption issues for those over 18 years, Affairs and betrayals, Ante and post natal depression, Avoidant personality disorder, Bullying, Carer support, Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, Dependent personality disorder, Emotional abuse, Histrionic personality disorder, Issues around disability, Issues around infertility, Miscarriage issues, Narcissistic personality disorder, Panic disorder, Paranoid personality disorder, Passive aggressive behaviour, Phobias, Physical abuse, Pregnancy and birth, Relationship issues, Separation and divorce

Therapeutic Sessions:

Therapy normally takes place during weekly 50 minutes sessions.
The number of sessions depends on the nature of the work the client wishes to pursue.
A course of psychotherapy begins with an assessment session.
This is followed by an initial six week contract of work.  After this, if the relationship between the therapist and client is working well, then therapy can continue with regular progress reviews.  Psychotherapy is for the client.  The therapist is there to support the client without judgement and in confidentiality.

PAULINE MCINTOSH 07976 322234 Email: pauline@themindbodymovement.co.uk

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