About YOUR THERAPIST Elsa
I have been working in the NHS for the last 18 years meeting with people who have had different struggles in their life. These may have started in childhood, or developed in adulthood. My role in the first instance has been to listen, empathise, and let someone know that I have heard their story. After that we make sense of these experiences, and find other more helpful ways to manage and move forward.
My work has taught me that anyone of us can experience mental distress at any point in our lives. There is real value in seeking help. It may seem difficult at first, but it can bring clarity and understanding to complex situations. I have worked with people who have a range of difficulties including anxiety (like agoraphobia, social phobia, panic attacks, OCD), work-related stress, shame-based problems, depression, bereavement, adjustment and transition difficulties, bipolar affective disorder, and low self-esteem and PTSD.
ABOUT YOUR THERAPIST KATHARINE
I have worked with adults with mental health difficulties for 18 years and I am experienced in helping with a wide range of difficulties. I believe that psychological therapy can really help most of us at some point in our lives. We may feel stuck in our thinking, relationships or jobs, or find ourselves repeating behaviours which no longer serve us. Therapy provides a safe and supportive space to explore, understand and process what is going on, as well as begin to make changes in our lives. My specialism is working with trauma, both 'PTSD' and complex trauma. Through speaking, using imagery and sometimes ‘reliving’, longstanding traumas can be addressed and left in the past.
I draw from several psychological models and predominantly use thinking and techniques from Schema Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). I am trained in using mindfulness to support mental and physical health and well being. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like to speak about whether psychological therapy could be helpful to you.
Elsa and Katharine founded a wonderful group of 4 fantastic psychologists called ‘The Kent Psychologists’. This was set up for people to be able to find the exact therapist for their individual needs. Elsa and Katharine are based at ProHealth Therapy Rooms, for more info on The Kent Psychologists see: www.thekentpsychologists.com