Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a very structured modality of therapy. You can expect:

  • A thorough assessment

  • A diagram offering a visual aid of how your difficulties are impacting on you (referred to as a formulation)

  • Completion of specific measures (forms with basic questions about your difficulty) to help monitor progress

  • A treatment plan devised between you and your therapist, looking at how your thoughts (cognitions), behaviours, emotions and physical sensations impact on each other and maintain the difficulty you are experiencing

  • A set of goals agreed between you and your therapist

  • Regular reviews through treatment and a review of goals

  • Exercises to do in between sessions in order to maximise learning and promote recovery

  • To develop tools to use during and after therapy which challenge the way you think and behave in certain situations

  • A ‘relapse management plan’ which considers what you have learned about yourself in treatment and techniques which may help limit any 'blips' or bumps in the road you may experience after therapy



Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing and is a form of evidence based therapy that can treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Some argue that it is less intense than CBT for the client, but again, it is down to personal choice. In its’ simplest form, the therapy involves the client recalling distressing memories and carrying out specific eye movements, enabling the brain to process information. If you are interested in this as a treatment choice, Elephant in the Room will be offering this therapy option in the near future.

Although these are the two main modalities I work in, I do undertake regular training and am influenced by additional therapeutic techniques which offer alternative methods for my clients.