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.

 

Testimonial
"Thank you so much for your help and support over the past year. It seems mad that I had a whole lifetime of misery and within a year I'm better. You have enabled me to become the 'real' me at last and I know from your support, I am now able to be content with myself. I know that this will not only be beneficial to me but also for my family. I know you say I did the work, but me doing this was only possible because I had your help and support." - Stacey