A Brief Introduction to Various Therapies

EMDR (Eye movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)

A form of psychotherapy developed to alleviate the symptoms of traumatic events. It uses rapid eye movements or other bilateral stimulation to distract the conscious mind whilst allowing the unconscious mind to process the disturbing memories in a way which aims to alleviate the distress previously experienced. Whilst developed for trauma EMDR is now used more widely for a variety of purposes. EMDR should only be undertaken by a therapist who has been fully trained, with a reputable trainer.

Person Centred Counselling

The person centred approach believes that each individual is their own expert on themselves and their experiences. Given the right conditions an individual can grow to reach their full potential. Person Centred therapy provides those right conditions enabling growth. A pure person centred approach can be long term work.

Neuro Linguistic Programming

NLP is about Excellence. Underlying NLP are several beliefs (pre-suppositions) which include 'if it is possible in the world it is possible for you'. NLP is about whatever works. It incorporates goal setting and forward focussing. Sometimes the tools and techniques can seem rather strange but effective.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

CBT is about changing the way we think. Our thoughts affect our feelings and consequently the way we behave and our physical responses. So if we change the way we think we can change the way we feel and our other responses. CBT often involves goal setting and homework.


This involves developing the ability to go into a trance from where the work is done whether it is used for relaxation, resource building, or regression work. I do not work purely on weight reduction or smoking cessation but use Hypnotherapy as a tool for therapeutic change. Sometimes people worry that they will not be in control during hypnotherapy - you retain as much control as you wish.

Transactional Analysis

TA looks at what drives us to be the way we are, what patterns we have developed, the messages we give to ourselves and how we relate to others. Some simple TA work can make big differences in our relationships.