Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy involves a process of exploration undertaken by the therapist and patient together in order to gain an understanding of the unconscious processes which take place in our minds and get expressed in all our relationships. Our early experiences are important in shaping the way our minds work and a large part of our mind operates outside of our conscious awareness.In the psychotherapy sessions the client is encouraged to reflect on whatever is uppermost in his/her mind during regular 50 minute sessions.

Feelings, thoughts, wishes, fears, memories and dreams can be explored within the relationship between the therapist and client. The client is helped to understand the unconscious processes which affect their conscious thinking and behaviour. In this way, psychotherapy can gradually bring about self understanding, particularly how past experiences can affect current behaviour, and this enables the patient to find more appropriate ways of being, and of coping with difficulties.

In psychotherapy, the therapist is non directive and will not usually give advice. The process involves the therapist following and paying attention to whatever the client presents and offering their understanding of this, including possible unconscious influences, the aim being to enable the client to think in new ways about his/her life and thereby to find his/her own solutions to problems. Also, the relationship between the therapist and client is a key element in the treatment. People seeking psychotherapy are usually those who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of their symptoms and behaviour and whose symptoms are more pervasive, less specific and more longstanding. This motivation is an important prerequisite of psychotherapy

EMDR  (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)

No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes "frozen in time," and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.

EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.

Practical issues

Cancelling/missed sessions - please be advised that any sessions that are cancelled or missed will be fully charged


Your appointment will start at the allocated time - if you are late the time cannot be made up so please arrive on time. In order to respect other clients I ask that you arrive on time in order that you can benefit from the whole session.


Will I have to lie on a couch - no - I believe that with a client lying on the couch, we miss eye contact and it creates a different vibe in therapy and I believe that we are equals in this therapeutic relationship.

 

CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)

is a type of psychotherapy that looks at...

How you think about yourself, the world and other people

How what you do affects your feelings and thoughts

By making links between what we do, think and feel, CBT can help us make changes in the way we think ("Cognitive") and the way we act ("Behaviour)".  Making changes in what we think  will affect what you do and feel, and changing what we do, affects the way we think and feel.  Making these changes then can help us feel better.  

Whilst it is is helpful to discuss the past and understand how our pasts have influenced our lives and how problems have arisen, CBT mostly focuses on looking for ways to improve your mental wellbeing now.

CBT says that it's not the event which causes our emotions, but how we interpret that event - what we think or what meaning we give that event or situation.

For instance, if someone you know passes you in the street without acknowledging you, you can interpret it several ways.  You might think they don't want to know you because no-one likes you (which may lead you to feel depressed), your thought may be that you hope they don't stop to talk to you, because you won't know what to say and you'll make a fool of yourself (anxiety), you may think she's being deliberately snotty (leading to anger).  A healthier response might be that she just didn't see you.

Another example may be someone who's depressed might wake up in the morning and think:  "This is going to be another awful day", "I'm going to mess up again", or "What's the point of anything?", which will make them feel even more depressed (feelings), and may prompt them to pull the covers over their head and stay in bed (behaviours).  It's very likely that this will increase their negative thoughts, which in turn will increase the feelings of depression, and make them even less likely to get out of bed.  A vicious cycle is the result - continuing to think and act the same way will help maintain our depression or anxiety.

CBT can help you to break these vicious cycles of negative thinking, feelings and behaviour. When you see the parts of the vicious cycle clearly, you can change them - and therefore change the way you feel.  It can also be helpful to look at the way our thoughts and feelings affect our bodies, and the physical sensations we can experience.

Dr Julie Scheiner

As a potential client I am sure you want to find out about me and who I am.

I knew from a young age I wanted to be a therapist as I am curious and interested in what makes people the way we are.
And thus began a long love affair with the human mind and the therapeutic process.

Below you will find my training qualifications and rest assured that I adhere to a multitude of ethical and professional bodies.

  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
  • Masters in Counselling Psychology
  • Masters in Applied Psychology
  • BSc Hons in Psychology
  • EMDR level 1-3
  • LifeSpan Integration Therapy Levels 1 + 2
  • Equine facilitated Therapist
  • Dolphin assisted therapy

I have also 10+years of experience working in the NHS, the private sector and the voluntary sector. More recently I have begun to work in private practice and look forward to welcoming you to my practice.