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WORKING WITH INDIVIDUALS

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING AND THERAPY

As a Counselling Psychologist and Integrative Psychotherapist, I bring together a number of complementary approaches to help you become more aware of what is going on both in and around you. I focus on how your experiences in the present reflect patterns from your past – and together we will explore how your body, emotions and behavioural patterns are inter-related.

 

This will help you to learn more about yourself so you can resolve and move on from issues that are holding you back.

INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS (IFS)

Internal family systems, or IFS, is a type of therapy that believes we are all made up of several parts or

sub-personalities. It was created by Richard Schwartz, a family therapist, who came up with the idea of conceptualising the mind like an inner family.

 

Most people can think of a time when they were aware of different parts of themselves. For example, we might think ‘Part of me wants to leave my job and another part thinks I should stay’ or ‘On the one hand I want to say ‘no’ but on the other, I feel I have to say ‘yes’.

COMMON ISSUES

These might include:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Panic Attacks

  • Addictions

  • Relationship Problems

  • Eating Disorders and Body Image

  • Fertility and Pregnancy Issues

  • Trauma

  • Low Self-esteem

  • Bereavement

  • Bullying

  • Stress

  • Sexual Dysfunction

  • Fears and Phobias

  • Issues of Difference and Diversity

HOW DOES IFS WORK?

The good news is that these internal parts, or roles, are not set in stone so they can change with time and work.

 

The goal of IFS therapy is to become aware of and to get to know our own parts and to achieve balance within our internal system, whilst achieving a stronger relationship with our true Self.

 

IFS is a non-pathologizing way of working – as captured by the phrase ‘there are no bad parts’. The behaviours or sides of ourselves that can be hard to face up to can therefore be worked on with more compassion and curiosity.

 

As a modality, IFS couples well with EMDR.

MINDFULNESS

I am a qualified mindfulness teacher and can help you to integrate mindfulness into your life. I also offer specially designed mindfulness courses for the workplace.

BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS
  • Reduced Stress – including the “Fight or Flight” Response 

  • Increased Learning, Memory and Problem Solving Functions

  • Improved Ability to Mange Emotions

  • Positive Impact on Health Including Reduced Blood Pressure and Improved Sleep 

  • Better Pain Management

  • Regulation of Appetite

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