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What can EMDR therapy treat?

Originally EMDR was discovered to work with clients who had a history of trauma and had been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Over the past few years the EMDR model of therapy has been integrated into treatment for other mental health conditions.EMDR can treat – anxiety, depression,complicated grief, panic disorder, low self-esteem, and many other conditions that have a component associated with trauma.EMDR Treatment for Depression.One of the EMDR techniques used to treat depression is identifying the core negative beliefs or thoughts the client may have about themselves or the world. Such as, “I am useless” “The world is a bad place”These thoughts can trigger depressive symptoms which can significantly impact the quality of someone’s life.The therapist will help a client identifying these specific thoughts and the underlying experiences, life events, or traumatic memories that led to the development of these beliefs.EMDR also treats the uncomfortable emotions and body sensations associated with these negative thoughts.All of which begin to alleviate the symptoms of depression.EMDR can also be used to treat major depression (MDD) with the same technique of identifying the triggering negative beliefs and self-talk that cause depressive symptoms.EMDR treats these symptoms by:• The reducing of re-experiencing trauma memories.• The ability to manage and cope with  the memories without feeling the need to avoid potential triggers.• Being able to engage in and enjoy relationships and pleasurable activities.• A reduction in feelings of stress, anxiety or panic. Allowing the client to live their life without feeling fearful.• Reducing the feelings of depression. hopelessness and isolation.• All of which will boost self-confidence and self-esteem.EMDR treats Social Anxiety Disorder.Social phobia, also known as social anxiety can be treated using EMDR therapy. The discomfort felt in social situations can cause extreme anxiety and panic, which can lead to isolation.Social anxiety can be a frustrating cycle. The less we socialise, the more we can fear being negatively evaluated by others and judged. This behaviour furthers the deterioration of our social skills and confidence and, in turn, reinforces the existing social phobia.EMDR treats social anxiety in the same way, EMDR therapy treats depression, by targeting the negative beliefs and triggers.These may include:• Being introduced to other people• Going to unfamiliar places• Feeling teased or criticized• Thinking your watched or observed while doing something• Feeling out of place or insecureEMDR therapy can be used to treat Grief.It is ‘normal’ to feel a range of emotions when someone close to you dies. Shock, disbelief, sadness, numbness, and anger are all expressions of grief. Bereavement is something most people never ‘get over’ but in time and with support these feelings subside to a manageable level.However, if the feelings do not improve over time and are extremely intense and interfering with a person being able to function in daily life, the person may be suffering from a condition called – complicated or traumatic grief.This may happen when the loss of a loved one has been unexpected and very sudden. Or when the situation around the death was traumatic. Death which are seen as preventable maybe also more difficult to come to terms with.This trauma can feel so overwhelming and if unprocessed. A trigger such as seeing someone who looks like the person who died or passing the place where they lived or negative thoughts such as “I should of done more” can reactivate the unprocessed memories and feelings of reliving the original trauma. EMDR treats the physical feelings of grief, emotions and negative thoughts. It can work with all these levels of grief.It helps to process the trauma and get you to a point were it feels less painful, emotionally charged and in the past. The negative thoughts turn into more adaptive, useful ones like ‘I did all I could’.Counselling using EMDR can be very effective treatment in easing the trauma of grief.EMDR therapy can boost Confidence and Low self-esteem.Part of the EMDR treatment is to replace the past, unhelpful negative belief about yourself or the world with a positive one. For example – “I am a failure” to “I did the best I could” This process in itself can boost self-esteem and confidence.Beliefs are often built on past memories and unreal assumptions placed on us by ourselves or others. They are given power by repetitious and recollection. EMDR therapy breaks this cycle by helping you release old messages trapped in your mind/ body. Messages you took in with or without awareness from past experiences. Reintegration of the old, unhelpful thoughts and beliefs, with new, more positive and freeing self-perceptions will help you feel more confident.After EMDR therapy, people report feeling:• A sense of feeling more grounded and trusting themselves• More connection to their authentic self• More in touch with their sense of creativity   • A capacity to see and use their strengths • Ability to embrace their imperfections that can’t be changed • More willing to invest in self growth• Ability to fully honor who they are as whole • Focus to create a fulfilling life• Able to ask and reach out for helpAs this blog illustrates, EMDR treats many conditions.
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What is EMDR therapy and how does it work?

EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

EMDR works by stimulating the brain and body. Leading to the ability to process, unprocessed or unhealed memories. Bringing about a natural restoration and adaptive resolution and  decreased emotional charge (D of EMDR, Desensitization) and a linkage to positive memory networks (R of EMDR, Reprocessing).

EMDR Therapy is a form of psychotherapy and an entire model of therapy. It has been proven to be highly effective for those who have experienced trauma and have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As well as what are called, little “t” traumas. These are distressing events that affect us on a personal level. Examples of little “t” traumas include loss of significant relationships, non-life-threatening injury, emotional abuse and  bullying.

The American psychologist Francine Shapiro created and started developing EMDR therapy in the 1980s. It was a personal discovery – whilst walking in the park, she noticed that moving her eyes from side to side seemed to reduce the her own distressing memories.

She later theorised that trauma causes negative emotions to be stored within the same memory network as a troubling events. And that EMDR, works by re-wiring these connections.

She believed EMDR works because it mimics eye movements during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is known to be the time when our brain  processes memories.

After treatment, people describe memories to become less vivid and more distant, they seem further in the past and harder to focus on.

Process of EMDR Therapy

EMDR facilitates the unblocking and healing of trauma, by employing very specific eight phase treatment plan. These procedures help the client access their brain’s natural healing processes.

The first is client history, followed by a preparation stage. In this phase the relationship between client and therapist is established. A collaborative and safe relationship is paramount to EMDR therapy, as well as all other models of therapy. Helpful tools and techniques are put in place, to prepare and cope with any emotional disturbances that may arise.

Moving onto the other phases will not take place until you and your therapists have assessed your readiness to do so. Honesty from both parties is a very important aspect of this process, clients safety and emotional stability is paramount at the Wellness Rooms.

The bilateral stimulation (BLS) phase is when the therapist will guide the client through eye movement, tapping or tones. These body-based techniques are employed because EMDR is founded on the basis that our emotional wellbeing is interwoven with our physical (somatic) state.

The client broaches on a troubling memory. (This is where this type of therapy differs from other trauma-focused treatments. In that, it does not include prolonged exposure to the distressing memory or a detailed descriptions of the trauma)

The client identifies the belief they have about themselves connected to the negative memory (for example, in dealing with a bullying, the person may believe “I am weak / I should of done something”). The client then formulates a positive/ adaptive belief that they would like to have about themselves in that situation (“I am strong / I did what I could.”).
All the emotions and physical sensations that accompany the memory are also identified.

The client then brings it all together.
Image, negative belief, emotions and body sensations, whilst focusing on an external stimulus that creates bilateral movement. Which in the case of eye movement, maybe the therapists fingers moving from side to side or a light bar.
This stimulates both hemispheres of the brain and moves the memory, that has been incorrectly to a more functional part of the brain.

Then the positive belief which was chosen is installed, via bilateral stimulation, to replace the negative one.

How does EMDR Work?

EMDR Therapy works by changing maladaptive neural networks connected to the memory with the new information of the positive belief. The distressing thoughts and emotions are blended with the new belief, thoughts and emotions and embodied awareness allows frozen sensations in the body to resolve.

This procedure often results in increased insight into long-held negative thoughts or beliefs about the self, which had grown out of the original traumatic event. Leading to an overall peaceful resolution for mind and body.

 

Is EMDR Therapy Dangerous?

EMDR is a safe form of therapy with very few side effects. However, because this technique requires recalling a disturbing incident, stability must come first.
Phases 3 – 8 can’t effectively be practiced unless a client has experienced a safe, trusting relationship with their therapist.
At the Wellness Rooms, psychology safety and a therapeutic alliance is the corner stone to all the therapies we offer.

During phase 2 the therapist will also, help the client to learn ways to manage emotional distress during and in between sessions.

EMDR cannot be used to process trauma when a client is actively using alcohol or drugs self-medicate their emotional pain. However, we can offer you an alternative therapy to deal with these issues. Which, if still required, EMDR therapy can be accessed at a later date.

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Hypnotherapy for Anxiety

In these highly uncertain times, do you feel anxious? 

Anxiety is primarily described as unhelpful thinking patterns we experience when our mind fixates on uncertainty, negatively, and threat. Anxiety is described as having both physical and mental symptoms. It can occur on its own as a response to stress or it can trigger stress, intensifying the anxiety and in worse cases leading to panic attacks. We cannot control anxiety from occurring as it’s our brains automatic survival mechanism. We can however uncover the root cause/ triggers and learn new strategies in how to respond. This is how I help my clients with hypnotherapy for anxiety.  

Fundamentally there are at least three ways in which hypnotherapy can help with anxiety 

1) Hypnotherapy induces calm brainwave states, as you begin to relax you become more inwardly focused and shift into alpha wave patterns. This allows you to access the zone where there is improved memory recall, reduction in  pain, reduced anxiety states and a better response to stress. 

When the hypnotic state deepens we access mainly theta waves. There we are in the range where our internal consciousness is increased. You are deeply relaxed, allowing your conscious mind to relax and stop the loop of negative self-talk, from the monkey mind, focusing on signals from within and creating an opportunity for learning and updating and reprogramming. 

2) In the hypnotherapy session I  will give you pre- and post-hypnotic suggestions along with personally sourced metaphors to help you cope with anxiety-inducing situations. 

For example many people are anxious about the current pandemic and isolation resulting from lockdown . During your hypnotherapy for anxiety session I may use phrases such as….When you have thoughts about this pandemic, focusing on your breathing or becoming aware of your feet planted firmly on the ground makes you feel more relaxed 

Those words are embedded into your subconscious so that when those distressing thoughts come in, you’re able to cope better. 

3) I use hypnotherapy to harness the power of neuroplasticity, by allowing us  to set up new neural pathways (connections) in the brain towards reducing anxiety. We have learnt how to become anxious so we can also unlearn it. This is called forgetting. 

I also teach my clients self-hypnosis and grounding techniques to use in between and after our sessions to support them. 

Resent Research reveals that hypnotherapy for anxiety is very effective when combined with other therapeutic interventions such as NLP, EMDR and CBT 

Certain physical and medical conditions can make us feel anxious. For example, undergoing a medical procedure can cause emotional distress. In this regard,  in a 2008 systematic review revealed that hypnotherapy was an effective treatment in reducing anxiety related to surgical procedures (bypass surgery, cataract surgery, plastic surgery). 

In a study in 2018 at University of Baylor hypnotherapy was successful in alleviating the anxiety of post-menopausal women. 

Several studies have also explored the efficacy of hypnotherapy in treating specific anxiety disorders in a 2015 study hypnotherapy for anxiety  helped obstetric patients overcome their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) before giving birth. Resulting in a positive birth experience. 

In 2018, a study identified hypnotherapy for anxiety as a successful treatment method for generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). When used in combination with meditation and mindfulness can help people who suffer from this disorder learn new helpful strategies, worry less, and feel more hopeful about the future. 

In a review in 201915 studies concluded that the average participant who underwent hypnotherapy for anxiety had a remarkable 84% more than those who didn’t receive it. 

So, if you’re constantly apprehensive and restless, hypnotherapy for anxiety is an effective treatment to consider.

Written by Sam.

 

Skype Counselling UK

Accessing psychological and emotional support through online Skype Counselling UK, Zoom or Watsapp Video, has become increasingly popular during these uncertain times.

Historically face to face counselling was considered preferable, in more recent times online technologies such as Skype has made counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy accessible to everyone.

At Greenwich Wellness we provide therapy online to clients living in the UK and worldwide.

Skype Counselling UK  allows therapeutic support that would not have otherwise been possible during this time of isolation and social distancing.

Therapy via Skype can be invaluable to people during this current pandemic as well as those clients who are disabled or housebound, allowing access to Counselling Via Skype and psychotherapy without the need for travel and the safety of your own home.

With Skype Counselling UK your choice of therapist is not limited by location this also allows you to choose an individual who most resonates with your needs.

 

What kind of issues can be addressed with Skype or Zoom Counselling?

Almost any kind of personal issue can be addressed through online therapy. Over the years our online counselling services have helped clients with stress and anxiety issues, depression, bereavement and work-related problems, coping with difficult transitions, loneliness, sexual and self-confidence issues plus many others.

Our Counselling options can be either long or short term in English and Italian to our clients around the world. Skype Counselling UK  provides a valuable alternative to face to face therapy for English-speaking people living abroad.

The physical distance of therapy via Skype can be very helpful for those who are shy and also the thought of therapy too ‘exposing’, suffer social anxiety or that they clam up in new situations.

In addition, our hypnotherapist has found this particularly useful as she can then record the session for the client to use at there own leisure and for top-ups where they feel necessary.

Research studies of online and Skype therapy showed

A 2009 study led by the University of Bristol looking at the effects of online cognitive behavioural therapy for those who suffered depression found a 43% rate of recovery in participants and one Canadian study.

But what about studies looking at the effect of video therapy in particular? A 2013 Canadian study with a focus exclusively on video counselling vs. in-person counselling reported that “video counselling and in-person counselling had similar outcomes in regards to… rate of session helpfulness, pre and post counselling self-assessment, and rate of goal completion.”

 

Skype Counselling UK @ Greenwich Wellness Rooms

Skype Counselling UK  follows the same shape and structure of the traditional face to face therapy. Counselling via Skype from Greenwich Wellness Rooms can be useful for a number of personal issues.

 

How do Skype Counselling appointments work?

Our online counsellors, based in Greenwich meet with clients all over the world. This is not something new as our clients have been enjoying the benefit of seeing their counsellors when they are on holiday or travelling for work commitments for some years now.

Counselling via Skype sessions will be held weekly, by appointment. At the time of booking your Skype consultation, we will give you our Skype user name and ask for yours. Your therapist will conduct your online appointments in a private, secure room maintaining the same standards of privacy and confidentiality as in personal face to face therapy.

Those who wish to access therapy via the internet should be familiar with Skype technology. For successful online counselling, a reliable internet connection is needed as well as a private, quiet room in which to meet with your therapist online.

 

Reduced Cost Counselling During Covid-19

Payments for Skype counselling can be made by credit or debit card or by bank transfer. Complete payment details will be provided at the time of booking your initial Skype consultation. We are currently offering our hourly Skype counselling UK service at a reduced rate of £60.00 in these uncertain times to make Counselling via Skype more affordable for those in need of it.

All our therapists have a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and belong to professional regulating bodies in the UK and all have experience delivering Counselling via Skype therapy online. If you are interested in Skype Counselling UK via the internet, your first online appointment with one of our therapists can be made today.

Disclaimer: online therapy may not be suitable for everyone, such as those who suffer from schizophrenia, epilepsy or if you are experiencing profound and disturbing mental health issues or have suicidal thoughts, we would recommend you don’t use Skype Counselling UK.
Please contact your GP to be referred to your local mental health outpatients department.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Who are the BACP?

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy is the professional association for members of the counselling professions in the UK.

They provide the framework to ensure the profession follows and adheres to the highest possible standards to protect those seeking therapy.  Alongside this, they facilitate and promote research to ensure best practice.

They work alongside their members throughout their careers and put them at the heart of what they do. They understand their needs and support them in making a positive difference to the mental wellbeing of their clients.

Their philosophy is Counselling changes not just the lives of individuals, but of families and communities”.

 

What does BACP mean to Greenwich Wellness Rooms?

All of our therapists are registered members of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy or an association or authority relevant to their field.  It is important to us that we ensure we are providing clients with the best service possible.  Therefore by having the relevant registered memberships, we are confident they have met the high standards required and continue to train and develop their skills.

We continually explore and adhere to their best practice and use their training and guidance to make sure we are up to date with the latest methods and research.

You will find all of our therapist’s membership numbers and accreditations on their profile page on our website.

 

What does this mean to clients?

Seeking counselling can be a daunting prospect that takes most people a lot of courage to make initial contact.  By knowing that all therapists at Greenwich Wellness Rooms are registered members of an association in their field, it means clients can be positive they are receiving therapy by a professional of the highest standard.

All of our therapist not only have a wealth of knowledge and experience but at some point in their lives have accessed the support and service they are now offering.  This compliments the calm, comforting and confidential environment that we offer at our well-being centre.

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Counselling

What is Counselling?

Being self-aware and having the capability to think and feel emotions with clarity and understanding is part of being human. Due to this, there is scope for the way we think to become a problem and to affect our emotions and our ability to live as we would like to. With the advancement of science and technology, we now have a clearer understanding of the human brain and how it functions.

Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained professional listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues.  It is a process that psychologically empowers you to seize back control of your life, whilst working through issues and problems that may have caused you to lose self-esteem, as well as confidence in your own abilities. Counselling will increase self-awareness and a sense of well-being and is often the first step individuals take on their path to discovering a more positive life.

 

What can Counselling help with?

Counselling can be useful for anyone who wants to explore the way they’re feeling or thinking further, as well as for anyone experiencing a problem or issue they need help to resolve.

Counselling can help you cope with many issues, including:

 

At Greenwich Wellness Rooms our Counsellors specialise in their own fields of expertise allowing us to support all clients seeking help and guidance.

What does a counselling session entail?

At your first session, you will be encouraged to talk about any dissatisfaction you may be

experiencing in your life and your feelings and emotions. The Counsellor will listen and support without judging or criticising, but will also ask questions to determine the best course of action to follow.  All the information shared at the session is confidential.

It is a Counsellors role to actively listen to your problems, and mentally challenge them to encourage you to seek a solution to your concerns or issues. Counsellors at Greenwich Wellness Rooms provide a supportive service that creates a confidential space where you can freely voice your feelings.

Counselling is generally one to one and takes place in the calm and relaxed well-being centre we have created at Greenwich Wellness rooms, but it can also be held via Skype or Zoom.

You may be advised to have a single session of counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months or a longer course.  The follow on appointments will generally be on a weekly basis, but the therapist will make regular progress reviews and provide you with a recommendation.

It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress, but whilst building a good relationship with your counsellor they are supporting you and giving you the tools to improve your future.

 

 

 

Have you succeeded in sticking to your New Year resolutions?

Did you know that;

77% of people who pledge to a New Year’s resolution stick to it for at least a week

8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions will actually achieve their goals in a timely fashion, if ever

80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February

Here’s how Hypnotherapy and NLP can help to keep yours!

One of the hardest parts of sticking to a New Year’s resolution is stopping old habits that we’ve had for ages. We more often than not go into the New Year with the best intentions of bettering ourselves and find we fail rapidly.

If you have a whole string of things that you want to change it can just be too hard and lead you to fail at all of them. Trying to lose weight is hard enough without adding cutting down on smoking and exercising more at the same time.

If you have several New Year’s resolutions it is crucial to give yourself realistic goals. Select what is the most important thing you want to improve, be realistic and really concentrate on making it work. It is most likely that success in one area will give you confidence and trigger you to then pursue further changes.

Hypnotherapy and NLP are perfect tools for sticking to resolutions. As we utilise our conscious mind to focus on and achieve a change or goal. However, really ingrained negative practices are formed and saved in the subconscious part of the mind, which is the part of the mind that NLP and Hypnotherapy can reach without difficulty. So, even though we are telling ourselves that we do not need to smoke, our subconscious mind still holds on to the old behaviours that it has done for years. The subconscious is much stronger than the conscious that’s why we need to ask its permission. That’s where Hypnosis comes in.

In very simple terms, our subconscious is like a seven-year-old child who just wants to seek out pleasure and avoid pain even if this means continuing old habits that no longer serve us over new ones. As it has no idea if they will work, it would rather keep you overweight and sad than take a risk of being healthy and happy if that’s all it knows how to do.

Are you familiar with the phrase “the definition of insanity is repeating the same behaviours and expecting a different result”? This is how our subconscious mind works!

There is another area NLP can particularly help if you find yourself self-sabotaging e.g. you have an amazing opportunity such as a new job or a great date but you just can’t get over your fear of failure to actually show up and pursue it. This is a limiting belief which NLP can have very fast and lasting results to remove these thoughts and obstacles to allow us to live much more fulfilling lives.

With NLP and Hypnotherapy, we can find new ways for you to gain access to your subconscious and seek out root factors that cause negative habits that you want to transform. Once the supporting beliefs are discovered and transformed we can assist you to make the necessary changes. So the strength to become successful with New Year’s resolutions then comes from both our conscious and subconscious, which is especially powerful.

If you’re planning on making self-improvements this year, treat yourself to some hypnotherapy to give you the best chance of achieving them. Make sure you have the tools to be successful and visit us at Greenwich Wellness Rooms.

 

What is phobophobia?

What is phobophobia? Everything you need to know about the fear of fear

To have a phobia is to have an overwhelming and often irrational fear of something. The fear can be so intense that sufferers go to extreme lengths to avoid the thing that they are frightened of.

Consequently, this can become highly problematic and have a significant negative impact on day-to-day life.

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Rebels without Paws

Greenwich Wellness Rooms Supports Team to Row the English Channel!

The Greenwich Wellness Rooms are excited to be supporting a team of intrepid women who are about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime – to row the English Channel!

We are a bespoke wellness centre based in Greenwich. And, we are committed to improving all aspects of wellbeing, with an extensive team of experts to meet your every need.

Libby Agate is a Counsellor and Mindfulness Teacher at the Centre and she came up with a unique challenge for her dog walking friends in the local area – to row the English Channel! Libby said: “Training to be a mindfulness teacher helped me experience things I might otherwise find terrifying!”

Libby even swam the English Channel last year and decided to ask her friends to take part in the latest challenge to raise funds for The Ahoy Centre, in Deptford, which helps empower disadvantaged young people to change their lives through sailing and rowing.
The team is made up of local dog walkers who call themselves Rebels Without Paws: Team Captain: Libby Agate. Crew: Kallie Bosran Schut, Caroline Cullern, Kate Halpin, Rosie Roche, Michelle Smith and Jane Sturtridge.

The Greenwich Wellness Rooms Team  have stepped up to the challenge, offering our services to the rowing team for free – personal trainer, Sebastian and also Co-founder will help with their fitness, Anneli, voice coach will train the person sitting at the boat’s cox to project their voice, Carly, nutritionist will ensure the team are eating well and Bernadette, holistic therapist will provide breathing techniques for motion sickness. This team work will ensure the rowers reach optimum wellness by the time they set off.

Nicola Vanlint, Co-Founder and Psychotherapist said: “Everyone in our team has experienced physical or mental health issues in the past and have accessed the type of services we offer. We are focused on teamwork and improving wellbeing within the community so couldn’t think of a better challenge to support than a team of rowers rowing to raise funds for a local charity committed to that cause.”

Our centre is based on The Seven Dimensions of Wellness, which the challenge ties in with:
• Physical – the challenge is intensely physical and will stretch the team
• Emotional – Rowing the Channel will be an emotional journey
• Social – all the women have bonded over their shared love of dog walking and have formed new relationships which have enabled this challenge
• Occupational – some of the women work in the field of wellbeing including Libby, a trained counsellor
• Intellectual – as they prepare to row the Channel they are learning new skills along the way every day
• Spiritual – having the courage to take off in a boat together is a spiritual quest in many ways
• Environmental – on the water, everyone is subject to the environment and has to work with the elements

The rowing team have raised nearly half of their fundraising target of £12,000 and are holding events to raise more money – attend an Afternoon Tea to celebrate the Royal Wedding! Visit: www.rebelswithoutpaws.co.uk
To support the Greenwich Wellness Rooms and the rowing team and to donate to such a worthy cause, please visit: www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/rebelswithoutpaws

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