I’m delighted to be asked to take part in this initiative headed up by Kerry. We have known each other for a number of years as colleagues and friends. My background is in mental health nursing, where I was a clinical team leader for a period before focusing on better services within primary care. I then trained to deliver CBT as part of Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT), which was launched in 2008. After a long career with the NHS I left to set up my own private practice in 2015.
In recent years I have worked a great deal with people who are experiencing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This can affect individuals from all walks of life. We might automatically think of veterans who have returned from Iraq or Afghanistan but any life threatening experience or exposure to situations where someone’s safety and wellbeing is seriously compromised is equally relevant. I have seen a great many people who have been involved in car accidents and are struggling with the distressing memories of the event.
PTSD may also be present for an adult who has had a traumatic childhood experience, which wasn’t properly addressed at the time. In addition bullying at school and the workplace can result in similar issues for some people. Essentially if we are unable to process the memories of any distressing experience it can potentially leave us with symptoms of PTSD. These features could include high levels of anxiety, increased sensitivity and awareness, sleep disturbances and possibly nightmares plus flashbacks to the incident triggered by sights, sounds or smells.
The good news is that PTSD is very treatable with CBT but also another treatment, which is called Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). With EMDR, the therapy is based on using eye movement for the client while focusing on the therapist’s moving finger or special equipment such as a moving light across a bar. This process replicates what happens when we dream and rapid eye movement (REM) takes place. Put simply, as this occurs the brain is processing material which might include troubling thoughts and concerns so that we are more likely to wake feeling restored and refreshed. Therefore with EMDR we use this principle to focus on a particular distressing memory, so that it can be fully processed and no longer as troubling.
I am trained and experienced in offering treatments for PTSD and receive regular supervision plus ongoing training to ensure that my practice remains both safe and effective.
Please contact me if you would like to discuss further and meet for an initial appointment. I am offering sessions via online platforms such as Zoom but also some face to face appointments in Dorchester.
£120-225 per session.
1-1 work is our premium offering. If the cost involved will cause you any level of financial stress or hardship please consider a more affordable alternative (check out the shop, we will be adding products and services as soon and as often as we can with this in mind).
Payment is always required in full and in advance. Typically meetings last for around 60 minutes and are charged at £150 PAYG (pay as you go), or at a reduced rate of £600 for a block of five hour long sessions (£120 per session).
If longer sessions are needed (e.g. for PTSD or intensive work) or are your preference, you will never be charged for more than 90 minutes (£225). If you choose to end a session early you will be charged for a minimum of 60 minutes.