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Ophelia Beer

Chartered Psychologist

Philosophy

Everything is speeding up in our society today; mentally as well as physically. The result is that many of us have lost the ability, or even the opportunity, to shift to the more gentle pace required to consider and reflect.

When our emotional experience becomes too distressing, we all do what we believe will help, trying our best to cope and survive in the ways with which we are familiar. However, the way we try to cope all too often entails repetitive thinking and behaviour, which can in fact keep us stuck and prevent us regaining the forward momentum we were hoping for.

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Therapy creates a space in which to stop and think, and provides support by considering alternative perspectives and options. With this comes choice, and my aim is to help you experiment with these choices, and to give you confidence in the new potential this can bring.

Approach

While I primarily work using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), the first step is to create a safe, honest, and trusting relationship that can allow you to share the feelings that have become difficult and painful. Once achieved, we will look at the specific cognitive and behavioural patterns that are causing problems and may need change.

Some clients may need to reach a deeper understanding of the historical social context in which they developed difficulties. I also work using Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), which involves an initial exploration of experiences with key people in your life. This helps us understand how you have learnt to relate to others and yourself in particular ways, and identify how these relationship patterns may now be holding you back. We then experiment with new ways of relating to yourself and others in your current situation.

Whatever the approach we use, I have a strong belief that therapy should not be about becoming stuck in analysis of the past or apportioning blame, but rather about making sense of your situation in order to identify goals for the future and to continue moving forward, even after the therapy has ended.

Motivation

I love my work and find it immensely satisfying to help someone discover a new path, and in doing so, realise they have the capacity to achieve things they never thought possible. Having found therapy very helpful myself, I know that it can be a daunting and challenging process, but one that can reap huge benefits in the longer term.

QUALIFICATIONS

HCPC Clinical Psychologist
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
BSc Hons Psychology

THERAPIES I PRACTICE

CBT, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

WHAT CAN I HELP WITH

Depression & Unhappiness
Anxiety & Panic
Stress & Burnout
Insomnia & Sleep Problems
Relationship Issues
Addictions
Anger Problems
OCD & Obsessions
Eating Disorders