COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY & COUNSELLING

Counselling Session in Croydon Most people experience physical pain at some point in their life. But the persistent pain that may continue for months or even years can be debilitating leading to other problems such as insomnia, depression, and anxiety. The causes are various; injuries and disease being common, also general "wear and tear", but sometimes there is no medical explanation for what is occurring. Usually, pain can be explained by either musculoskeletal problems (known as nociceptive pain) or, alternatively, what is known as neuropathic pain, which originates from damage to the central or peripheral nervous system.

What most people aren't aware of is that pain can often have a psychological component that can make the whole physical experience more difficult than it needs to be. For example, the first reaction of many people to pain is to become inactive. This only serves to increase the amount of time people spend focusing on their difficulties, reduces the opportunities for pleasurable experiences and is usually counterproductive.

In the longer term, some people may develop a set of automatic thoughts and wider beliefs about their condition that can have a negative impact on their physical and psychosocial functioning. In a few cases, often those where there is no apparent physical cause for what people are feeling and experiencing, a person may have an overly developed sensitivity to the pain warning signals that are sent to the brain. This results in regular false alarms, rather like the smoke alarm that goes off every time someone turns on the toaster.

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In such instances, psychological pain management techniques based on cognitive behavioural therapy, often used in conjunction with medication, osteopathy, and other relevant interventions, may assist people to manage their condition more effectively and improve their day to day functioning and quality of life. Treatment commonly consists of assessment and monitoring of the condition, improving activity levels within the person's capabilities and focusing on the thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that can change a person's view of their problems from being completely overwhelming to more easily manageable. Improvements may also be gained where someone develops a greater sense of motivation and mastery of their situation. Of course, as with most treatments, results vary between individuals but good psychological therapy always tailors to the needs of the person and most experience at least some benefit.

DENISE CHRISTY

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy helps you to understand your feelings, thoughts and behaviours in challenging situations. You can then choose to make positive changes in all these areas, developing greater self-acceptance and being able to work constructively towards your life goals.
Cognitive Behavioural Coaching takes these techniques and applies them in a Coaching setting, to enable you to reach your specific work, health or relationship goals.

Counselling offers you the time and space to talk with a non-judgemental
professional counsellor.

This will enable you to reflect on your own experiences and gain insight into the way forward for you.

I can help you with:
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Post-natal Depression
  • Pain Management
  • Work-related Stress
  • Parenting related Stress
  • Relationship Problems
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
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And many other problems and challenges, that you may face in your life.

MY APPROACH

My approach is cognitive behavioural (CBT), but I also draw heavily on the principles of self and other acceptance, derived from Albert Ellis's Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT). I help people to develop a more self accepting attitude to themselves, and to challenge any negative thoughts or unhelpful behaviours that are having an impact on their mood and that interfere with them reaching their goals in life.

I teach people about CBT and REBT, so that they can use the skills they have learnt for the rest of their life, becoming their own therapist. I use CBT and REBT myself, and find that learning these skills has transformed my life, and I would like to share what I have learnt with you.