Psychotherapy & Counselling -
|27th April 2017|
Counsellor, Consultant, PsychotherapistHi, and thanks for checking out my site. I provide:
Addiction Counselling London
Addiction Counselling Manchester
This page will tell you about me and my work and how to get in touch if you want to schedule an appointment or find out more. The next page, "About Psychotherapy," will tell you about the techniques that I use including my own Attachment Centered Therapy. "Qualifications," the third page, is my vita, as it does seem appropriate to let you know what my training and experience has been. Finally comes "Frequently Asked Questions" which is information that I thought many of you might want to know. Again, thanks for checking out my site, and let me know if I can help you.
I am a member of the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and certified by them as an Integrative Psychotherapist through the Metanoia Institute. Please see the qualifications page for a full listing of training, qualifications, and experience.
I providing counselling, consulting, and psychotherapy services for addictions, co-dependency, relationships, family of origin, issues of trauma, abuse or neglect, developmental and personality problems, lifestyle development, personal growth and development and other life issues.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information or to arrange an appointment.
Below my 'It's all a question of balance' picture you will find:
I have added below a section on Quantum Psychology, which is my own idea even though the term has been used before by a man named Robert Anton Wilson. It is a similar idea, but this is my own version. Please feel free to check it out, and do email me if you have any questions or comments.
Healing the Broken Bond: how attachment difficulties cause problems and what to do about it
This is a book that I am writing about Attachment Centred Therapy. There is no current posting to this section but one will be coming soon. Thanks.
Here are some sayings for you to help correct errors of information processing:
Since you are here, you probably have an interest in attachment and what it is about. There are 3 basic strategies, A, B, and C, that, in broad terms, determine how you relate to those closest to you.
A’s tend to deny their own needs and feelings and are pre-occupied with meeting the needs of others. They rely primarily on facts in processing information, to the exclusion of emotional information, particularly negative emotions.
C’s tend to dismiss the needs and feelings of others and are pre-occupied with their own. They rely primarily on their own emotional state in processing information.
B’s use a balance of both facts and feelings in processing information about relationships.
I have created 3 sayings, one for each category, that are designed to help them to reprogram, except for the B’s who don’t really need much help and rarely show up in a therapy office.
For A’s: Logically, it makes sense to be more emotional.
For C’s: Emotionally, it feels good to be more logical.
For B’s: I am comfortable using both facts and feelings in making choices in relationships.
Areas of Specialization
More about the services I providePsychotherapy Manchester
Addiction Counselling London
Addiction Counselling Manchester
Chemical DependencyAddiction Counselling London
Addiction Counselling Manchester
I have worked in addiction treatment since 1988. I began my treatment experience working with chemical addictions, such as alcoholism, cocaine, marijuana, narcotics, prescription drugs and other drugs of addiction.
I have extensive training and experience in treating these problems, and I served on the board of directors of the Alabama Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association.
I have in the past been certified as a Masters Level Addiction Professional, a Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional, and I was certified by the International Counseling and Reciprocity Consortium.
These certifications are not current, as I found that I just had too many certifications to keep up with them all, especially now that I am concentrating my work and training in Attachment.
Sexual Addiction CounsellingAddiction Counselling London; Addiction Counselling Manchester
Next I moved into treating sexual addiction in 1992 when I entered private practice. I also treat relationship or romance addiction (sometimes referred to as "love addiction").
I have trained extensively with Dr. Patrick Carnes, acknowledged by many to be the leading researcher and writer in the field of sex and relationship addiction. I was a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and a supervisor for counselors seeking certification.
I also served on the Advisory Board for Certified Sex Addiction Therapists, and am a past board member of the National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity (now known as the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health).
Relationship, Couples and Marriage and Family PsychotherapyPsychotherapy Manchester
We have long known that addiction is a family illness. Most people who develop problems with addictions come from families where addiction or co-addiction is present. In addition, the addiction has a grave impact on families where it is present.
It quickly became apparent to me that a knowledge of family dynamics and the best skills available for couples and family work were an important part of the recovery process. Many relationships survive the addiction only to fall apart during recovery.
I have trained with Dr. John Gottmann, the leading researcher in the U.S. in the field of marriage, relationship, and family counselling. I have worked with several systemic family therapy supervisors and participated in a systemic family therapy supervision group with Dr Don Brown in Birmingham Alabama for about 5 years. Thus my couples and family work is informed by Systemic Family Therapy.
In addition to doing therapy with addicts and their relations in recovery, I also provide marriage and family and couples counselling to others who do not have problems with addictions.
Co-dependency counsellingAddiction counselling London
Addiction counselling Manchester
Many people who grow up in dysfunctional or addictive families become what we call "co-dependent". That is, they are excessively dependent on others for their own sense of self worth, or they compulsively caretake others, often getting into dysfunctional relationships that either they can't get out of, or if they do, they soon find another dysfunctional relationship to take it's place.
Because much of my work is done with people in later stage recovery when co-dependency issues begin to emerge, this field became a natural outgrowth of the other work that I do.
Eating Disorders & Body Dysmorphic DisorderPsychotherapy Manchester
While I have never trained specifically to treat these disorders, which often co-occur, I have often encountered them in my practice. My approach is psychotherapeutic because I believe that these are symptoms of attachment difficulties.
Attachment Centred TherapyPsychotherapy Manchester
These days my work is centred on attachment. The reason for this is that I believe there is convincing evidence that almost all of the above problems stem from disruptions in attachment in childhood, and sometimes later years. For this reason I have undertaken to educate myself regarding attachment. To that end I have read hundreds of articles and books about attachment theory and research. I'm even working on a book of my own about it.
I have trained with Dr. Patricia Crittenden, who was trained by Mary Ainsworth, who was trained by John Bowlby, the originator of Attachment Theory. Dr. Crittenden has created the Dynamic Maturational Method of attachment analysis. You may visit her website to learn more about this.
I use the Adult Attachment Interview as a way to get started in therapy. This assessment provides a dynamic and revealing way to quickly identify what went wrong and why, and also immediately begins to provide the healing necessary to fix it.
Quantum PsychologyQuantum Psychology
This intends to be an outline of Quantum Psychology.
We exist in the here and now. Not the’ there and then’, and not the ‘if and when.’ We are here. Now. This is where we will always be.
The here and now has no time and space. It is a realm that transcends time and space, and violates those rules, just as quantum mechanics violates the laws of Newtonian physics. In the here and now, we can access that realm and travel back and forth in time, above a time line created by our unconscious minds in order to keep track of what has happened to us. All of the events of our past are recorded on this time line, so long as they are able to be perceived by our physical sensory mechanisms, and processed and stored in our minds.
This information about what has happened to us, our responses to it, and the effect it has created, are stored in our hypothalamus, amygdala, and other parts of the midbrain where learning occurs. We then use this information about the past, in the here and now, in order to predict what will happen in the future and plan our behaviours accordingly.
This prediction, which is our imagination, is based on the information about the past, or our experience, as it is processed by our information processing systems, or the programs, by which we operate.
Numerous studies have found significant correlations between positive thinking and positive outcomes in the future. Highly successful sports figures use creative visualization to imagine themselves winning: running the marathon, driving the circuit, perfecting the dive. Numerous CBT studies have found positive outcomes from its use.
There is a long history of reports of paranormal events that defy explanation within the realm of time and space and causation as we understand it. Dreams that foretell the future, for example, are hard to explain without resort to a realm beyond time and space, that transcends time and space and the laws of physical reality and causation as we understand them via Newtonian, or classical, mechanics. The world of quantum mechanics, on the other hand, gives us a way to explain, ‘scientifically,’ how these things might occur, how ‘synchronicity’ occurs, and how we are able, by holding an outcome in mind, to increase the probability of it happening.
This is what Quantum Psychology is all about. Creating the future.
More to come...
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