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Psychological Treatment Services

We offer a range of evidence-based psychological therapies that have been shown through research to be effective and which are approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (www.nice.org.uk).

Our treatments are designed to help our clients’ recover from debilitating mental health problems as quickly as possible, strengthen their resilience and help them to get their lives back on track.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - CBT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) comprises to a range talking therapies that are based on the idea that there is an interrelationship between thinking processes, feelings and and behaviours. When people are distressed they can become trapped in negative thinking patterns which can worsen how they feel and lead to changes in their behaviour that only serve to maintain their problems, such as avoidance of people, situations or activities.

CBT focuses on building a positive collaborative relationship as a first step and aims to help people develop more flexible ways of thinking about their difficulties. An important aspect of treatment is to encourage and support the person to overcome self-defeating behaviours and replace them with more helpful ways of responding so that they can move forward with their lives.

CBT techniques and strategies have been shown to be effective in treating and a variety of problems including:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive disorder
  • Stress reactions
  • Chronic pain/fatigue
  • Anger issues
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Alcohol and substance abuse

Trauma-Focused CBT interventions (TF-CBT) have also been developed and shown to be effective in treating a range of difficulties associated with single and multiple event traumas as well more complex trauma presentations. 

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy - EMDR

EMDR is a powerful psychological therapy for trauma, which was developed in the 1980s by Dr Francine Shapiro. EMDR treatment is based on the idea that a traumatic or distressing experience may overwhelm the brain’s coping mechanisms and the memories, beliefs, emotions, images and physical sensations associated with the experience gets stored or ‘frozen in time’ within  an isolated memory network. As a consequence, the brain is unable to adequately process the experience, which in turn causes a block in the nervous system resulting in ongoing psychological disturbance. And it is not just major traumatic events that can cause problems; EMDR has revealed that even common childhood humiliations and disappointments can also have similar long lasting negative effects on our mental health. 

EMDR therapy aims to stimulate the brain's natural healing process by accessing and unblocking the distressing memories and their associated negative emotions, thoughts and sensations. EMDR has been used successfully to treat psychological trauma related to:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Childhood sexual or physical abuse or neglect
  • Sexual and physical assault
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Natural disasters
  • Combat/War
  • Surgery

A key component of EMDR treatment involves the use of procedures to stimulate rapid eye movements, which usually entails the client following the therapist’s hand moving rapidly across their visual field. Although the precise mechanisms of how EMDR works are not fully known, it is believed that the eye movements mimic what happens when we dream (i.e. REM sleep), during which time the brain processes or ‘makes sense’ of events and experiences that have happened during the day. Successfully processed material is integrated with other stored material and loses the ‘emotional charge’ it once held for the person. As a consequence, the person is able to learn what is useful from the negative experience and let everything else go.

EMDR treatment does not involve hypnosis, inducing a trance state or any kind of auto-suggestion. Clients are fully awake during treatment sessions.

Get in touch

Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to know more about how we might be able to help.

Call: 0330 223 1743 or Email: info@cbtsolutions-scotland.co.uk 

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A Limited Company registered in Scotland at Hudson House, 8 Albany Street, Edinburgh EH1 3QB. Company number: SC466554.

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