A psychological assessment provides an understanding of the situation by looking at past experiences, current thoughts and behaviours. This allows us to determine which intervention might be most useful. We provide therapy for a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, OCD, psychological trauma and grief in a professional manner. We understand though that you may have questions about whether therapy is the right thing for you so offer a free 15 minute phone consultation to discuss this before you make an initial appointment.
Clinical Psychologists are trained to understand and measure brain functioning. This enables us to measure any changes in brain function, for example as a result of head injury or neurological damage (e.g. stroke) or degenerative disorder such as dementia. Please contact us for further information or to discuss your requirements
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the most evidence based interventions; studies demonstrate its effectiveness in easing anxiety, depression and post traumatic stress disorder (www.nice.org.uk/guidance). It is based on the theory that it is not the event itself that causes the distress, but the meaning the person places on that event. These thoughts and beliefs (often negative) contribute to the way that the person feels and behaves, both of which can appear to confirm the original negative thought the person had about themselves, thereby perpetuating the distress. Dr Barton is an accredited practitioner with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) and often also uses Compassion Focused therapy in her approach.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a relatively new therapy, identified by Francine Shapiro in the USA. It is a scientifically supported treatment for PTSD recommended by numerous organizations internationally (e.g., World Health Organization, 2013). It is characterized by standardised procedures and protocols aimed at processing and working through memories of trauma, or of being repeatedly subjected to distress, and other adverse life experiences.
Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT)
EDT is a collaborative approach which focuses on the importance of experiencing rather than avoiding feelings. When feelings are blocked, this can lead to a range of symptoms or presenting problems, such as anxiety and depression. Paying attention to emotions and developing capacity to experience them, can help the individual to become more connected to what is important in their lives and enable them to act in ways that are more in line with this. This approach can also help to develop a stronger sense of self and in turn deeper, more connected relationships with others.