SIMON HARPER MSc CBP (Distinction) PG Dip BA (Hons) BABCP Accredited

COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL PSYCHOTHERAPY & EMDR

HOW I WORK AS A PSYCHOTHERAPIST

"Your vision will only become clear when you can look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams: who looks inside, awakens" Carl Jung

In the first few sessions we begin by exploring the initial problem or problems. What is it that keeps them going? Where did they come from? What keeps them from going away? In these initial sessions we begin to form an alliance which is integral to the psychotherapeutic process. I believe and evidence supports the fact that the single most important variable in psychotherapy and counselling is the quality of the relationship between therapist and client.

Different techniques and interventions are then selected depending on the nature of the problems. Apart from CBT, I also use EMDR especially where traumas or upsetting events are locked into the nervous system, so that the distinction between the past and the present is blurred.

Another approach I use is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ( ACT ). This takes place within a CBT framework but has some fundamental differences. ACT is also a scientifically based psychotherapy which suggests that suffering is a normal, unavoidable part of being human and it is the avoidance or trying to control the painful experience that results in the variety of symptoms that are commonly experienced. ACT also helps to choose a life based on what matters most, in accordance with your values.

 

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"Thank you doesn't seem enough, it's been a phenomenal life changing experience. Your gifts of acceptance, hope and clarity provide the perfect foundations to use my new tools of knowledge and understanding that have enabled me to feel empowered to face the future with vigour and bravado. Your professional integrity and insight produces instant, vast and effective results. I was a tormented soul when I met you, stuck in a confused spiral of despair. You helped me navigate the realization of Asperger Syndrome to find a destination of freedom through emotional peace and wellbeing. Forever in your debt I can highly recommend your services." - Lorna