Therapy

Here at Robb Psychology we implement evidence based psychological therapies to encourage self-understanding, helping clients to adopt new attitudes and approaches to life situations. Since opening the doors to our clinic, we have provided people across Kent with psychological services. From short term difficulties, to complex traumatic experiences - our services are personalised to suit everyone’s needs.

Face to Face

Therapy Sessions

Visit one of our clinic locations across Kent. Our therapy rooms offer a comfortable and confidential environmental for you to speak with your therapist.

We have clinic locations in Whitstable, Ashford and Kings Hill, Kent. Please get in touch to enquire about therapy at one of our clinic's.

Online Therapy

We understand that often due to hectic schedules and busy lives, it might not always be possible to attend a therapy session in person. We also appreciate that sometimes it may not be possible for you to commute to one of our Kent clinic’s. If this is the case, Dr Robb is able to provide online therapy sessions via Skype. 

If you are interested in discussing online therapy sessions then please mention this when making an initial enquiry.

Therapies offered

We offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). In therapy sessions we will work to improve current problems and adapt unhelpful thinking and behaviour. Your therapist will help you to "re-frame' your thinking and provide you with valuable tools to cope with life’s obstacles.

If you are interested in discussing face to face or online therapy sessions then please get in touch by completing our

 

Confidential Referral Form here.

Click on any of the below therapies for more information.

Compassion Focused Therapy


Developing our ‘compassionate mind’ can help us engage with, understand, tolerate, and regulate the difficult feelings and troublesome loops associated with our ‘threat-based minds’ (e.g. angry, anxious, self-critical). We can learn to be compassionate towards our feelings, rather than fighting them or trying to avoid them. This is similar to a form of desensitisation, with safeness and grounding in our compassionate mind. We all have systems in the brain that make compassion possible, and by developing compassion we can organise our minds in different ways, with the aim of bringing our emotional systems into a helpful balance. For more info visit https://compassionatemind.co.uk/




Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)


EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment method that was developed by an American clinical psychologist, Dr Francine Shapiro, in the 1980s. As a Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute, she published the first research data to support the benefits of the therapy in 1989. When a person is involved in a distressing event, they may feel overwhelmed and their brain may be unable to process the information like a normal memory. The distressing memory seems to become ‘frozen’. When a person recalls the distressing memory, the person can re-experience what they saw, heard, smelt, tasted or felt, and this can be quite intense. Sometimes the memories are so distressing, the person tries to avoid thinking about the distressing event to avoid experiencing the distressing feelings. Some find that the distressing memories come to mind when something reminds them of the distressing event, or sometimes the memories just seem to just pop into mind. The alternating left-right stimulation of the brain with eye movements, sounds or taps during EMDR, seems to stimulate the frozen/blocked information processing system. In the process the distressing memories seem to lose their intensity, so that the memories are less distressing and seem more like ‘ordinary’ memories. The effect is believed to be similar to that which occurs naturally during REM sleep (Rapid Eye Movement) when your eyes rapidly move from side to side. EMDR helps reduce the distress of all the different kinds of memories, whether it was what you saw, heard, smelt, tasted, felt or thought. For more info visit https://emdrassociation.org.uk/




Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psychological therapy that has been shown in research studies to be effective in treating a range of psychological problems. For example it is used in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Personality Disorders, Chronic Pain and Self-Esteem Issues. CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in their guidelines for the treatment of most mental health problems (www.nice.org.uk). CBT recognises that negative thoughts can affect mood and well-being, and can become unrealistic and unhelpful. CBT therapists help individuals to recognise and make changes to unhelpful thinking patterns (cognitions), feelings, and behaviours, by identifying how these three factors affect each other and then developing more realistic alternative ways of responding and coping. This is achieved in the therapy by questioning, challenging and making changes to unhelpful thoughts and assumptions, facing previously avoided situations, and developing new ways of coping with difficult emotions. The process of change requires a good collaboration between the therapist and client, and homework assignments are an essential part of the therapy. Although CBT concentrates mainly on the present, it may be necessary at times to talk about past issues as this may improve understanding of current difficulties.




Mindfulness


Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment, helping us to become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we are more able to manage them. Practising mindfulness can help people gain better insight and understanding of their emotions, increase their attention and concentration and improve relationships. It is proven to help with stress, anxiety, depression and addictive behaviours, and can have a positive effect on physical problems such as chronic pain.





Treatment for


Depression - Anxiety (e.g., generalised anxiety, social anxiety, health anxiety) - Phobias - Panic - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Chronic Pain - Relationship issues -

Personality disorder - Body image issues - Abuse issues

 

Interpersonal skills

development

 

Work Related Stress  -  Stress Management  -  Family Difficulties  -  Assertiveness Training  -  Anger Management  -  Building Self-Esteem  -  Mindfulness

Get in touch

If you would like to make an appointment at any one of the below clinic locations or you have an enquiry please complete the enquiry form or contact the office secretary on 01227 656554.

CLINIC LOCATIONS ACROSS KENT

Whitstable

Ashford

Kings Hill, West Malling

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