What are the different therapies on offer?
Psychological therapy is not a 'one size fits all', there are a number of different therapies available. Louise Coughlin offers therapy based on CBT, ACT and EMDR. Louise will spend the first few sessions getting to understand the reasons who have made the decision to come to therapy and to identify which therapy (or therapies) would work best for you. This is an important part of working together as it helps Louise understand your needs but also helps develop a trusting a positive working relationship which is essential in any psychological treatment.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy aims to understand the link between our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. By understanding these links the therapist is able to work with the client in identifying strategies to help manage the thoughts and feelings with the aim of positively impacting on the behaviour. CBT has been shown to be effective in the treatment of many client needs however it can also be combined with other therapies to give a more integrated and individual approach
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment therapy derives from the core message of 'accept' what is outside of your personal control, and 'commit' to action that can improve your life. In therapy you consider what your values are (what is truly important to you) to help you direct to what is meaningful for you in the your life. ACT (pronounced as the word 'act') will also give you techniques, including mindfulness, to help you stay present in the moment. This results in your distressing thoughts and feelings having less influence over you.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a therapy that helps people heal from symptoms and emotional distress. It is considered that the brain has the capacity to heal itself. However at times the links between the different parts of the brain get blocked. EMDR helps to link the different parts of the brain together in a way that means the individual can recover from the emotional distress they are experiencing. The therapist will identify the disturbing memories, the thoughts, emotions and physical cues linked to these memories and use eye movements (or sometimes sound or tapping) to help the client link the parts of the brain together. It is thought that EMDR mimics REM sleep which is considered to be a 'natural healing process for emotional distress'.
Mindfulness is often used to compliment other therapies. Mindfulness is a mental state of awareness and focus. Mindfulness allows the individual to fully engage in the present moment. When in a state of mindfulness, disturbing thoughts images and feelings do not usually have the same impact as when you are not acting mindfully. There are a number of different mindfulness techniques. if suitable these will be explored with your during therapy to find the technique that suits you best.