Psychological Services

Marie Church has been a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist for 11 years. She has also studied Transactional Analysis, Mindfulness, Human Givens and Interpersonal Psychotherapy and trained at Goldsmith’s University, London, and was awarded an MSc in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in 2006. Marie attended training in New York under the direction of Albert Ellis, founder of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and gained an Associate Fellowship with the Albert Ellis Institute in 2009. Marie also works for Help for Heroes as a Clinical Supervisor for counselling practitioners and she is the Occupational Health Clinical Services Lead for RehabWorks.

Within the Health and Wellbeing Centre Marie and her team of psychotherapists and counsellors provide a range of psychological services for common emotional problems such as anxiety, stress and depression and more complex problems such as OCD, Trauma, and Phobias. For problematic relationships we provide relationship counselling, conflict resolution mediation.

We offer individual behavioural therapies, relationship therapies, group therapy and clinical supervision for counselling practitioners. We also offer CBT for workplace problems and management training in understanding common emotional problems in the workplace.

For further information on the types of therapy we offer and advice on what type of therapy/counselling you require please contact us on 01748 824942 or by email on marie.church@mariechurchcbt.co.uk

Trauma Therapy

Psychological trauma is devastating for individuals and their families; it can lead to alcohol and drug dependency and relationship breakdowns. We use many approaches to tackling trauma such as trauma focused CBT, guided imagery and the REWIND Technique. We also offer EMDR.

EMDR or 'Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing' is powerful psychological treatment method that was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s. Since then a wealth of research has been conducted demonstrating its benefits in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as war related experiences, childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect, natural disaster, assault, surgical trauma, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents.

Relationship Therapy

‘Love’ how do you define it? Love is difficult to define but we all know what it feels like to love and how we make ourselves feel when our hearts get broken. There are different styles of loving and choosing someone to love and staying together through difficulties is rarely simple. Whether you are arguing, not talking have sexual problems, feel betrayed by infidelity, feel rejected or have simply stopped having fun - very few relationships exist conflict-free. When relationships falter our health and happiness often suffers. While for many of us our first instinct is to try and work through problems alone, it can be incredibly useful to seek outside help. We use a number of approaches to helping relationships including interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) which is based on the principle that there is a relationship between the way people communicate and interact with others and their mental health. We also use behavioural couple’s therapy for compulsive sexual and addictive behaviour problems.

Behavioural Therapies

  • Behavioural therapies are based on the way you think (cognitive) and/or the way you behave. These therapies recognise that it is possible to change, or recondition, our thoughts or behaviour to overcome specific problems. Our range of behavioural therapies include;
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

    Acceptance and commitment therapy (or ACT) is a form of behavioural analysis that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies to help increase psychological flexibility. While the therapy isn't considered a long-term treatment, it is considered helpful in the treatment of depression, anxiety and other psychological disorders.
  • Behavioural Therapy

    Behavioural therapy focuses on an individual's learnt, or conditioned, behaviour and how this can be changed. The approach assumes that if a behaviour can be learnt, then it can be unlearnt (or reconditioned) so is useful for dealing with issues such as phobias or addictions.

  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

    Cognitive analytic therapy brings together ideas from both cognitive therapy and analytic psychology into one integrative model. By looking at past experience, the therapy aims to help clients understand why they think or behave in a certain way, before looking to develop new ways of coping.

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) combines cognitive and behavioural therapies. The approach focuses on thoughts, emotions, physical feelings and actions, and teaches clients how each one can have an effect on the other. CBT is useful for dealing with a number of issues, including depression, anxiety and phobias.

  • Cognitive Therapy

    Cognitive therapy deals with thoughts and perceptions, and how these can affect feelings and behaviour. By reassessing negative thoughts an individual can learn more flexible, positive ways of thinking, which can ultimately affect their feelings and behaviour towards those thoughts.

Mindfulness

It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. You can take steps to develop it in your own life. Mindfulness meditation involves sitting silently and paying attention to thoughts, sounds, and the sensations of breathing or parts of the body, bringing your attention back whenever the mind starts to wander. We use this type of mediation practice to help people manage stress and anxiety and we provide workshops and taster sessions to introduce you to the world of mindfulness mediation. Learn to sit awhile and quiet your mind! Click here to view details of our Mindfulness Courses.

Equine Assisted Therapy

Horses are instinctive and intuitive and they willingly engage with us when we are present, mindful, and harmonious. Horses are ‘in the moment’ animals; they don’t care who you are or where you came from to get here. They give us the opportunity to use metaphorical learning by mirroring your body language to show how they feel you are relating to them at that exact moment. We are fortunate to have working with us an Equine Therapist who has studied natural horsemanship methods for 20 years and in that time has recognised the value of how the horses relate to your body language and back to you and how you can utilise this experience to overcome life's obstacles and blocks in your thinking. Click here to view details of our Equine Assisted Therapy courses.

If you would like to discuss any of the above services further, please contact our team at marie.church@mariechurchcbt.co.uk or call us on 01748 824942.

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