I am a qualified accredited Gestalt individual and group psychotherapist
As a Gestalt therapist, when working with clients, my focus is on understanding my client's difficulties and distress in the here-and-now (present moment) and finding solutions for this. Therefore, when looking at past issues, I may encourage my clients to be aware in the here-and-now of their thoughts, feelings and how they are experiencing this.
Gestalt therapy in its approach understands that awareness of the self may have diminished or become blocked by negative thought patterns and behaviours that can leave people feeling unhappy, stuck or distressed. By working creatively, collaboratively and incorporating other therapies (see below), I aim to deepen awareness of these blocks.
By building self-awareness, gestalt therapy helps clients better understand themselves. It also helps them to understand how their thoughts, feelings and behaviours (which may be out of their awareness) are impacting their health and their relationships. With this self-knowledge, clients begin to understand how their emotional and physical selves are connected and develop an understanding of their behaviour. From this place, a place of understanding and awareness, clients are able to make changes based on choice and awareness, start living a fuller life and more effectively deal with difficulties. Furthermore, Gestalt Therapy provides insight into these blocks and can help individuals to alleviate current issues and distress.
Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy
When we experience traumatic events, the thoughts, feelings and memories can often be so overwhelming that we are unable to separate from them and become stuck. Our ability to move on from them may seem impossible at the time and can leave us feeling in a state of distress and hopelessness. However, the mind can often heal itself naturally, in the same way as the body does and much of this natural coping mechanism occurs during sleep, particularly during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Applying this natural process of coping to successfully treat Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), EMDR works by helping the brain to process distressing memories, reduce their influences and allow individuals to develop ways to effectively get on with their lives.
During EMDR therapy you will remain in control, fully alert and wide-awake and is not a form of hypnosis. During therapy sessions, you are supported to recall a traumatic event(s) and at the same time receive bilateral stimulation. This means receiving stimuli in a rhythmic left-right pattern via moving your eyes from side to side (in a similar way that your eyes would move during REM sleep).
What can EMDR therapy help with PSTD symptoms from:
Although most research into EMDR has examined its use in people with PTSD, EMDR is sometimes used experimentally to treat many other psychological problems. They include: