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

 

Aims of Pyschological Therapy

The aim of psychological therapy is not to remove all your problems entirely. This would be unrealistic since as a specie we have brains and minds that have evolved over millennia, and whose evolutionary legacy have left us with brains and minds that can at times be very problematic. This is the case for all of us. In addition, we all, through no fault of our own, encounter suffering in various forms during the course of our lives.

Rather the aim of therapy is two-fold. First to help you develop a deep understanding and acceptance of yourself and of why you are the way you are, both in the context of the evolutionary development of the human brain and mind, as well as in the context of your personal life journey.

A second aim is for you to develop the skills and competencies for you to take responsibility for freeing yourself of some of the life patterns that may have been holding you back. These skills may involve for example development of the ability to helpfully disengage from some of the loops the mind can fall into, an ability to respond kindly and effectively to painful emotions as they arise, an ability to replace self directed criticism and hostility with self compassion, and / or an ability to balance emotions through the cultivation of positive emotional states such as achievement, excitement, compassion, connection and peacefulness, so you experience a broader range of emotions. Thus in many ways the aim is for you to become your own therapist, so you can independently and skilfully negotiate your personal challenges and open yourself up more freely and fearlessly to living.