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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), EMDR Therapy, Counselling & Supervision

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps the client uncover and alter distortions of thought or perceptions which may be causing or prolonging psychological distress.

CBT is used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, phobias, abuse issues and addictions etc. Research has shown CBT to be very effective at helping people come to terms with negative thoughts and emotions.

The therapist and client work as a team to resolve the client's issues. CBT helps people identify negative / maladaptive thoughts that lead to negative emotions. Clients are helped to realise it is not the negative events in themselves that cause emotional upset, but in fact their thoughts and beliefs about that situation that causes the distress.

The client is then helped to achieve realistic thinking for lasting change. With the therapist's encouragement the client can ground these changes in their daily lives through actively making behavioural changes.

Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)

Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) is a cognitive behavioural approach to treatment. According to this therapy, emotional and behavioural ailments are the result of irrational thoughts, assumptions and beliefs. This therapy identifies those problematic and erroneous areas and replaces them with more rational, reality based thoughts and perspectives.

REBT, since its inception, has flourished and spawned a variety of other cognitive-behaviour therapies. Its effectiveness, short term nature, and low cost are major reasons for its wide acceptance and popularity. The goal is to help clients develop a rational philosophy that will allow them to reduce their emotional distress and self defeating behaviours. A number of techniques are used in this approach, such as rational emotive imagery, homework assignments, desensitisation, and assertiveness exercises. The goal is freedom from emotional upheaval and a more authentic and joyful engagement in life.


Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitisation (EMDR)

One of the more interesting developments in recent times is Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitisation (EMDR). Originally formulated by Dr Francine Shapiro in 1989 and used to treat post traumatic stress disorder amongst United States combat veterans, this therapy has and continues to be developed to treat an ever-widening variety of conditions.

Shapiro has advanced the concept of the Adaptive Information Processing model, which posits that EMDR assists clients to access and process distressing memories and to change the associated negative traumatic thoughts and beliefs to more non traumatic realistic ones. During treatment the client focuses on emotionally distressing thoughts in short bursts while concurrently focusing on a therapist directed external bi-lateral stimulus.

Most commonly used stimuli are sets of eye movements (hence the name of the therapy) although other distractions can be used such as hand tapping or audio stimulation.

To account for the apparent success of this type of treatment Shapiro hypothesizes that EMDR enables the accessing of the 'traumatic memory network', allowing enhanced information processing. Thereby allowing new links to be formed between the original traumatic memory and the newly acquired information.

The EMDR Institute, (2009) state;
"These new associations are thought to result in complete information processing, new learning, elimination of emotional distress, and development of Cognitive insights.' "It attends to the past experiences that have set the groundwork for pathology, the current situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations, and the positive experience needed to enhance future adaptive behaviours and mental health."

"Of all psychotherapies CBT and EMDR are recommended as treatments of choice for PTSD.
United Kingdom Department of Health. (2001). Treatment choice in psychological therapies and counselling evidence based clinical practice guideline. London, England."

Some of the most common issues treated are:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Phobias

  • Stress

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Anxiety

  • Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia

  • Road Traffic Accident Incidents

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Addictions

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Domestic Issues

  • Bereavement Relationship Issues