Giovanna de Lisi Therapy
Counselling – CBT – EMDR
Low mood, anxiety and stress can arise as problems in our lives for many reasons and in many ways.
Low mood, anxiety and stress
Low mood, anxiety and stress can arise as problems in our lives for many reasons and in many ways. Sometimes we can find our way through these challenges on our own or with the support of those around us; but at other times we find that we need more expert therapeutic support to overcome our difficulties. The search for help can feel daunting at a time when we feel the need for guidance and clarity and, perhaps, someone who is not in our personal circle of family or friends.
I have been a therapist for the past fourteen years. Over those years, I have felt privileged to work with many people who have made the decision to engage in therapy to find their way forward.
There are many types of counselling and psychological treatment out there – where to begin? I have trained in a range of therapy approaches throughout my career and you can find out a little more about this on How I Can Help You page. However, more important to me than the model of psychological therapy, is getting it right for the individual client. It is my task to understand you and to draw on my learning to create a therapy which responds to your needs in the most helpful way.
If you would like to find out more, please call or email me to arrange an initial conversation so that you have the information you need before booking an assessment session with me.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapy which helps you to overcome the symptoms associated with past experiences which continue to affect you in the present. It uses side to side movements – usually eye movements but there are alternatives – and is combined with talking in a structured treatment plan. EMDR can help you to ‘process’ painful and distressing images, emotions, thoughts and physical sensations associated with past experiences which have got ‘stuck’. It was originally developed for working with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but can help you with a wide range of problems.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focuses on the concept that is our thoughts (cognitions) which determine our feelings and our behaviours. When our thoughts are negative, self-critical or unrealistic, they can influence our feelings and behaviours adversely and cause us distress. CBT can help you to adjust your thoughts through exploration and a range of techniques and strategies which have a proven evidence-base in treating a broad range of low mood and anxiety difficulties.
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy defines counselling as ” a combination of values, ethics, knowledge and communication skills used to support another person’s emotional health and wellbeing”. It has a foundation in the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client, creating a safe, non-judgemental space for you to explore your difficulties and to tell your story.