At West Coast Therapy, I offer therapy to people aged 16 and over who are experiencing emotional difficulties – anxiety, depression, anger, coping with stress, loss, trauma and adjustment to new life circumstances (e.g., death of a loved one, physical health issues). I use Integrative Therapy combining different therapeutic approaches and tools to fit the needs of the individual, drawing ideas from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and Mindfulness-based Interventions.
I adapt the above therapies for people with acquired brain injury (ABI), and facilitate the use of compensatory strategies to improve their cognitive skills (e.g., memory, problem solving, planning, initiating), and engagement in therapy. The therapeutic process of change is also supported using the Y-shaped model to enable the integration of a new meaningful social and personal identity.
The aim of therapy is to empower people to develop resilience in the face of adversity, and inspire change in the way they relate to themselves and others. This is facilitated by sharing psychological formulation, collaboratively identifying goals for therapy, and learning new ways of coping. The focus is on connecting with, exploring and processing painful emotions, and changing any repeated patterns of behaviour and/or ways of thinking that may no longer be helpful.
I am also keen to work holistically with mind and body, bringing in ideas promoting the benefits of healthy nutrition, exercise to improve wellbeing, the importance of good sleep, being connected to others and exploring nature.