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
"When I first came to you I was suffering severe depression for the second time in 2 years. In 12 weeks you have changed around my life around completely and I now feel so much better in myself and have a much more positive outlook on life. I didn't think I would ever feel this good again. The treatment was very difficult to deal with at times but it was well worthwhile as I now feel a heavy burden has been removed. Once again many thanks for helping me find the real person that I am." - Brian