Psychological trauma is at the root of many mental health conditions such as anxiety & depression. Sometimes people are aware of specific events that may have caused the problem, but many others are unaware of how events in their life can affect psychological wellbeing. I offer a confidential service based in Cheltenham using the most effective trauma treatments such as EMDR and CBT, leading to significant and long lasting change.
Psychological distress can take many forms, and usually manifests itself as stress, depression or anxiety and problem behaviours such as addictions, compulsions or relationship and sleep issues. Identifying, understanding and treating the root causes of these symptoms can lead to personal change that is transformational and long lasting.
I work as an integrative therapist, which means that I draw on approaches from a number of traditions (psychodynamic, person centred, CBT), including a powerful and evidence based therapy called Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). This is an internationally approved treatment for all kinds of psychological trauma arising from accidents, assaults, natural disasters and bereavements, to the traumas that may be experienced in childhood. It also doesn’t have to be a major trauma – for example, there are many adverse life events that can lead to deep seated anxiety and depression, which can be treated using the same approaches. I have a special interest in treating veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) arising from military service.
I will work in an empathic and non-judgemental way with you, in order to facilitate a process of healing and change. I also believe in empowering you by describing in clear terms what they are experiencing and what the process of change involves. The BACP ethical framework underpins my therapeutic practice which maintains a strong focus on client safety and confidentiality, and always acting in your best interests.
Please contact me for an initial discussion by phone and to book an initial appointment. Sessions usually last for 1hr and take place weekly, though this can be modified according to your needs. Sessions normally cost £70/hr, though I do offer a small number of concessionary rates for those on a low income. Payment by cash or cheque at the end of the session. Although this is slightly higher than normal fees for counselling, I do believe that long lasting change can be achieved in relatively few sessions. Please contact me if you wish to discuss further.