Dr David Head
Clinical Psychologist, Cambridge
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Approaches

CBT and ACT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a treatment that has been shown to work for a wide range of conditions. It is a structured appraoch in which we agree on what you want to get out of therapy and then look at how to get there. It involves understanding how your thoughts influence what you do and how you feel. Often these thoughts are not immediately obvious and so learning how they affect you you helps you be be more aware and gain greater freedom.

A central part of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is learning to get distance and perspective on your thoughts and feelings. Whilst it does not get rid of painful experiences it enables you to choose what you want your life to be about and to learn to appreciate what emotions and thoughts have to tell to you about what is important without being dominated by them.

EMDR

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. EMDR therapy has been extensively researched and has demonstrated effectiveness for trauma. EMDR, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process and does not involve having to do work in between sessions. Part of the therapy includes following a hand with eyes whilst sitting still, listening to sounds or following taps.

DBT

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is an approach used for people who experience intense emotions, who often develop ways of managing these emotions that in the long-term are unhelpful. It involves learning skills in emotional regulation, tolerating distress and interpsonal effectiveness so that the unhelpful ways of managing these emotions are no longer needed.

David is not able to work with people with the most dangerous forms of coping (eg significant substance use, regular hospitalisation due to self-harm/suicide attempts) as this needs a team approach. Please contact him if you wish to discuss this further.
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