At Halcyon Psychology we provide a range of psychological treatments based on research evidence.
Your psychologist will develop a treatment plan in collaboration with you, tailored to your individual needs.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapeutic approach designed for working with distressing/traumatic memories. EMDR is based on the principle that many psychological issues are the result of distressing past experiences that may not have been processed in memory properly and therefore remain unprocessed or blocked. The feelings and bodily sensations related to these original traumatic experiences may be triggered by similar situations in the present and cause repeated distress. EMDR is a way of reprocessing these past traumatic memories so that they are no longer triggered in this way.
Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy that is used to treat symptoms of psychological distress that have arisen after experiencing traumatic events. CPT may help you gain insight into the way trauma has impacted your beliefs and behaviour, allowing you to create a new understanding of the traumatic event/events. Creating a new understanding of how trauma may have impacted you, can reduce the ongoing impact on your life in the present.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy used to treat a range of psychological issues. CBT is based on the principle that our beliefs, thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and behaviours are all interrelated. CBT may help you to identify how particular beliefs and thoughts can, in turn, affect the way you feel and behave. Changing these negative patterns can improve the way you feel.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies with commitment and behavioural processes to bring about meaning and positive change in your life.
Most of us spend a lot of time trying to avoid, get rid of or distract ourselves from psychological distress which is ineffective in the long run and often makes us feel worse. ACT strategies help us to just notice the negative thoughts and feelings we all have and then to refocus ourselves in the present moment. When we are more aware of what is happening within us and around us in each moment, we are not in our heads struggling with negative thoughts, emotions, worries and distressing memories. This allows us to live our lives more fully rather than on ‘automatic pilot’.
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) helps develop new skills to manage distressing emotions and to reduce conflict in relationships. DBT focuses on providing therapeutic skills in four key areas.
- Mindfulness focuses on improving the ability to accept and be present in the current moment.
- Distress tolerance focuses on increasing tolerance of negative emotions, rather than trying to avoid them.
- Emotion regulation focuses on building skills to manage and change intense emotions that are causing difficulty.
- Interpersonal effectiveness focuses on developing skills to allow us to communicate with others in a way that is assertive, maintains self-respect, and strengthens relationships.
Schema Therapy is a type of therapy that draws on several different models of therapy, such as cognitive therapy, behaviour therapy, attachment theory, emotion-focused and relationship-based therapies. Schema therapy can help us identify our thought and behaviour patterns, often developed in early life, that underly and perpetuate many psychological issues.
Grief is the natural reaction to loss. Grief is both a universal and personal experience. Individual experiences of grief vary and are influenced by the nature of the loss. Some examples of loss include the death of a loved one, the ending of an important relationship, job loss, loss through financial stress or the loss of independence through disability.
Grief therapy involves providing support for expressing the emotional pain of loss (which can include a wide range of feelings), accepting the loss, and adjusting to life after loss. Many feelings may be experienced during grief such as sadness, anxiety, anger, loneliness, guilt, relief, isolation, confusion, or numbness. Changes in behaviour may also be experienced such as being disorganized and having difficulty concentrating, feeling fatigued, sleep problems, appetite changes, vivid dreams, or daydreaming about a lost loved one. Grief therapy can help you work through these difficult experiences in your own way and in your own time, in a supportive and compassionate space.
Interpersonal therapy (ITP) focuses on the development of skills to improve the quality of interpersonal relationships and to enhance social engagement, to help reduce the psychological distress that may result from problems in these areas.
Relationship therapy provides the skills to improve relationships through increasing closeness and friendship, addressing conflict productively, and building a life of shared meaning together.