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Personal & Professional Healing Coach

Person Centred & Emotion Focused Psychotherapist

Master Firewalk Instructor & Transformational Teacher

Supporting Positive Physical, Mental, Emotional & Spiritual Change

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Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) is a unique empirically-based approach, based on methods designed to help people become aware of, accept and express emotion facilitating self-regulation, understanding and the ability to transform emotion.  Focusing on the development of emotional intelligence and on the importance of secure relationships, EFT offers an effective alternative to more technically-oriented evidence-based treatments.

Fundamental to the approach is the understanding that emotions are important and offer a guide to what is needed or wanted in any situation, helping to inspire appropriate action.  Rather than simply learning about emotions, clients are encouraged to experience those emotions as they arise within the safety of the therapeutic session; systematically but flexibly helping clients become aware of and make productive use of their emotions.

Based on emotion, attachment, and growth theory, EFT helps people identify which of their emotions they can trust and rely on as adaptive guides and which of their emotions are residues of painful memories that have become maladaptive to the person's current context and need to be changed.  With the help of the therapist's empathic understanding and the use of experiential methods, clients learn how to make healthy contact with feelings, memories, thoughts, and physical sensations that have been ignored or feared and avoided.  By accessing adaptive emotions such as healthy grief, empowering anger, and compassion, people are able to use these as resources to transform maladaptive emotions such as fear, sadness of abandonment and shame of inadequacy that have developed from past negative learning or traumatic experiences.

How can EFT help?

Emotion Focused Therapy gives you the space to focus on your issues in a constructive way.  Your therapist will guide you to a better understanding of yourself, empowering you to find solutions to your issues by making changes in your thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

What issues can EFT help with?

There are many reasons why people benefit from EFT and all reasons are valid.  It is important not to minimise your issues because other people don’t understand them.  Examples of issues are experiencing abuse, low self esteem, bereavement, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, sexuality issues, relationship problems, illness and self-harm to name but a few.

How many Sessions will I need?

The number of sessions needed is unique to each client and will depend on your goals, how you use your time between sessions and how much support you have out-with therapy.  Even with limited time realistic goals can still be achieved.  As an individual, your response to therapy will be unique.  Some people see changes after just one or two sessions, while others require longer term work.  The number of sessions can be negotiated at the beginning of the therapeutic work, or can be left open-ended to be reviewed as our work together progresses.  

Is it Confidential?

Your therapist will adhere to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) code of ethics.  Your confidentiality is taken very seriously and will only be broken in extreme circumstances. 

Sessions can be done in person, over the phone or by Skype.

Sessions cost £45 per hour.


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