Chartered Scientist

Chartered Scientist

Chartered Clinical Psychologist of the British Psychological Society

Chartered Clinical Psychologist of
the British Psychological Society.

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Registered Applied Psychology
Practice Supervisor by the
British Psychological Society.

Registered Clinical Psychologist by the Health Professionals Council

Registered Clinical Psychologist by
the Health Professionals Council.

BABCP - Accredited Practitioner

Accredited Cognitive Behaviour
Therapy Practitioner by the
British Association for Behavioural
and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Division of Clinical Psychology

Full Member of the Division of
Clinical Psychology of the
British Psychological Society

 

Therapies Offered by Empower Clinical Psychology Services.

Therapies offered reflect the research evidence and NICE* recommendations regarding the most effective treatment approaches for particular difficulties.

Interventions offered are thus largely based on an approach called cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), the most widely supported treatment approach for depressive and anxiety disorders as well as for many other mental health problems. CBT is based on the idea that how we feel may be affected by biases in our thinking (cognition) and subsequent ways of responding (our behaviours). These may unwittingly lead us into vicious cycles where things just spiral downwards. CBT helps people identify the thinking patterns and behavioural strategies that keep their problems going and prevent them from moving forward in life, with a view to exploring more liberating alternatives.

Cognitive behaviour therapies are very much a collaborative process where client and clinician work together in partnership. The process is also a relatively short term, structured, goal oriented approach that aims to empower people to efficiently achieve measurable improvements in their well being. 

Important developments of CBT offered include meta-cognitive therapy, mindfulness based approaches and compassion focused therapy. These approaches draw on ancient concepts from Buddhist practice and thought concerned with the alleviation of mental suffering, that have been researched extensively in recent years by scientists in the West.

Metacognitive and mindfulness based approaches can help one develop an ability to start to observe and understand some of the unhelpful patterns that the mind gets pulled into, with a view to lifting awareness out of them, thus arriving at an experience of oneself that is beyond the contents of the mind. This can lead to a sense of stillness, freedom, expansiveness and embodied presence in the moment to moment experience of life, from which choices may be made more skilfully.

Compassion focused therapy focuses on the cultivation of brain and body systems for safeness and contentment. These have evolved from the mammalian care giving capacity, and develop through experiences of warmth and safeness whilst growing up. These are important in that research has shown them to be responsible for restoring emotional balance. Rooted in kindness and compassion, these brain networks can help settle feelings of fear and shame, which can organise the body and mind in ways that are unhelpful and ineffective. These networks instead promote feelings of peacefulness, equanimity, well being, connectedness, creativity and courage. This is thus a brain state which organises the mind and body in a way that is effective. Compassion focused therapy draws on the neuroscience adage that ‘the cells that fire together wire together’, using various practices to stimulate and strengthen the brain and body soothing, and safeness systems. Compassion focused therapy addresses the difficulties and complexities many people have in responding to the suffering in oneself and others with warmth, kindness and compassion, and can be particularly indicated for people who are intensely self critical.

As well as cognitive behavioural approaches, other evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as psychodynamic concepts, developmental psychology, motivational interviewing, schema therapy and positive psychology approaches are drawn upon where indicated, to help patients arrive at an in depth understanding of their difficulties and to provide an individually targeted therapy plan.

*NICE stands for the National Institute of Clinical Excellence. This is an advisory body that provides guidelines for the NHS regarding the most effective treatments for the full spectrum of physical and mental health problems, based on an analysis of the scientific evidence.