Integrative Counselling and E.M.D.R. Therapist in Littlehampton, West Sussex
Finding a good Therapist is important,
you need one that enables you to feel valued,
listened too and connected.
If you want someone who will
challenge your thought process
use E.M.D.R. if appropriate,
That's me! Please read on.
I have run my own successful practise for many years in Littlehampton, near Bognor Regis and Worthing and have helped my Clients find their way forward. I am an Integrative Counsellor who can sit quietly and just listen, although I will challenge your thought process and possibly join some dots for you. As an Integrative Counsellor I am able to use whatever style of therapeutic intervention that suits the presenting issue at my premises in Littlehampton, near Bognor Regis and Worthing.
E.M.D.R. = Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing
This is used to treat and help people recover from distressing events and possible behaviour and affects of that event, i.e. flashbacks, depression, upsetting thoughts. When a person is involved in a traumatic event, they may feel overwhelmed and their brain may be unable to fully process what is going on. The memory of the event seems to become “stuck” so that it remains very intense and vivid. The person can re-experience what they saw, heard and smelt and the full force of the distress they felt whenever the memory comes to mind.
EMDR aims to help the brain “unstick” and reprocess the memory properly so that it is no longer so intense. It also helps to desensitise the emotional impact of the memory, so that you can think about the event without experiencing such strong feelings.
There is a protocol to follow. The bilateral simulation I use can be either tapping, moving your eyes from left to right or holding vibrating buzzers. I ask you to picture the event and then through the use of bilateral simulation, which represents the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) that occurs naturally during sleep, your brain will process the event. It is believed that as you are not giving the full attention to processing the memory, it enables the brain to process the memory, reducing its intensity and the event is remembered in a more helpful and manageable way.
EMDR is recognised by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Here is a link if you wish to find out more information: https://emdrassociation.org.uk
The counselling I offer can be weekly, although I am happy to work fortnightly, working either face to face, via the Zoom platform or the telephone. (Unfortunately it is not appropriate to use E.M.D.R. over the telephone). My fee is payable either at the session or before the session and the counselling session lasts for fifty minutes.
My working hours are 8am - 8pm Monday to Thursdays inclusive and there is parking directly outside the premises which is located within a few minutes of the 700 bus route stop. I do not have a waiting room, so please wait outside until your session time whereupon I will allow access.
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and work within The Ethical Framework. I am also affiliated to BUPA, Health Assured, Carefirst and am a member of E.M.D.R. Association UK & Ireland.
I know that counselling can change things. There is another way to live, you just have to believe and go with the process!