Gillian Levy, BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapy, Holistic Counselling in North and North West London  

01923 824338

07958 770827

"I'll teach you how to banish
stress & boost your wellbeing -
in just a few hours!"

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Conditions that can be helped by Gillian's therapies

Adults

  •  Phobias
  • Performance anxiety
  • Hoarding
  • Post-Traumatic Stress from childbirth
  • Non-specific anxiety
  • Low self esteem
  • Bi-polar disorder
  • Bullying
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME
  • Depression
  • Eating problems
  • Emotional, physical, sexual abuse
  • Loss and grief
  • Pain management
  • Phobias
  • Sexual and Relationship difficulties
  • Sleep disorders
  • Trauma
  •  More serious mental health difficulties

Children and adolescents

  • Bullying
  • Eating difficulties
  • Exam worries
  • Feeling isolated from your friends
  • Feelings of sadness
  • Not wanting to go to school
  • Phobias
  • Problems with sleep
  • Separation anxiety
  • Worries and nightmare
  • Being upset with things in your life
  • Unable to discuss problems with parents

CBT - What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?


CBT assists in finding ways of coping and problem solving.

How we think affects how we feel emotionally, and how we behave.

Sometimes we can misinterpret information and thus pick up the wrong messages.

Feelings are not just automatic reactions to events, but are influenced by our beliefs.

CBT looks at current issues but it does not ignore the past.

Gillian also feels that it is important to explore the root causes of a problem, on a holistic level.


Often  over the years we develop 'rules for living'.  Scripts with which we have grown up based on our experiences and what we learn from others. They affect how we live our lives and although often they may be helpful, at other times they are not and sometimes may be unrealistic.

CBT can help us become aware of these rules.


What can I expect?


Treatments may be therapy room based or if appropriate, situation based 

(for example, environment phobia challenges, or in-home hoarding support)


1. Describe your problems and how they affect your everyday life.
2. Keep a diary to monitor and collect information.
3. Set weekly goals and carry out agreed treatment tasks.
4. Set medium and longer term goals.
5. Put into practice what you have learnt.


How it works


Lasts usually between 8 - 12 weeks.

Helps us make connections between how we think, how we feel and how we behave. 

Concentrates on those ideas that are unrealistic and challenges them, by helping us to look at different ways of thinking and behaving, thus enabling us to lead a more fulfilling life.


Your part in the process


CBT is a collaborative process between you and Gillian. It is a structured programme of Self Help which requires active participation in the process.

Gillian will help you develop skills to overcome current problems, and those you may have in the future, or problems that keep recurring throughout your life. In the initial sessions you will decide which problems are most important.

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EMDR - What is Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing?


When a distressing experience occurs, it may overwhelm our usual coping mechanisms causing our memory of the event to be inadequately processed.
Often, when we develop a trauma response, there is an associated avoidance of activities that trigger our fear and this can become generalised in daily life - so we avoid more and more situations.

EMDR therapy reprocesses the memories, reducing their impact and allowing more appropriate responses.


Recalling the trauma, either the client's hands are alternately tapped by Gillian, or the client moves their eyes, following her finger.

After a few moments the level of distress reduces considerably. 

The client's upsetting memory appears to fade and becomes more distant as treatment progresses. The feelings and the memory become separated, so the client no longer has an emotional attachment to that particular event. 

Sometimes memory changes as described above, for others who are more visual, their memory picture becomes blurred.

Having treated numerous clients successfully with the technique over many years, the results speak for themselves.


How many sessions will  I need?


In the NICE ( National Institute  of Clinical Excellence ) guidelines, treatment for trauma is typically 10-12 sessions depending on the type, and the client's own general processing of trauma, which can be a highly individual experience.

For specific phobias 3-6 sessions may suffice, and for treatment of depression, more than 10 sessions may be required depending on the level and for how long the person has been suffering.

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Holistic Mindfulness Meditation


Do you ever find that your thoughts just keep going round and round and you can’t seem to get rid of them? Sometimes they stop you getting to sleep?

Do you worry all the time, or constantly over-analyse situations?

Learning the techniques of Mindfulness Mediation could be your answer.


What is Mindfulness Meditation?


It involves focusing on the present. To be mindful is to be aware of thoughts and actions in the here and now, without judging oneself.


The approach uses the techniques of acceptance; it allows us to recognise that thoughts are mental events, and through the practice of mindfulness we can distance and disengage with those thoughts. 


It allows us to let go of worrying thoughts, to imagine them drifting away, whilst holding awareness of the present moment.

It also allows us to approach difficulties, to remain clear and alert, calm and effective, and remain interested, focused and attentive in a state of clear awareness.


Mindfulness meditation may improve mood, decrease stress, help with the management  of ruminations and boost immune function.


How do we go about it?


Mindfulness meditation is unique in that it is not directed toward getting us to be different from how we already are. Instead, it helps us become aware of what is already true, moment by moment.

The techniques in themselves are simple but require discipline in their practice.


Below are 2 exercises you can practice at home.


Exercise 1. Breathe

If your attention wanders away, just gently bring it back to your body and the environment. The key word here is "gently." Your mind will  wander; that's part of what you will notice with your mindfulness: minds do wander. When you notice that yours has wandered, come back again to body and environment.


The second part of the practice is working with the breath. Rest your attention lightly (yes, lightly) on the breath. Feel it as it comes into your body and as it goes out. There's no special way to breathe in this technique. Once again, we are interested in how we already are, not how we are if we manipulate our breath. If you find that you are, in fact, controlling your breath in some way, just let it be that way. It's a bit tricky to try to be natural on purpose, so don't get caught up in worrying about whether your breath is natural or not. Just let it be however it is.


Again, sit for a few minutes with the posture and the environment and with your breath. In and out. In and out. Sometimes this is quantified as 25% of your attention on your breath. The idea isn't to get it "right," but instead to give you an idea that you're not channeling all of your attention tightly on to your breath. The rest of your attention will naturally be on your body and the environment.


Exercise 2.  Three Minute Breathing Space


1)      Acknowledging


 Bring yourself to the present moment and then ask;


"What is going on with me right now?"

Notice and accept your experience, in the body, emotions, and with your thoughts. Stay with them for a few moments allowing any negative experiences to be present.


2)       Gathering


Gently focus your full attention on your  breathing, experience fully each in-breath and each out-breath as they follow one another. Allow your breath to be an anchor to bring you into the present, and to help you achieve a state of awareness and stillness. Just follow the breath for a short while.


3)      Expanding Awareness


Expand your awareness of your breathing to the whole body, and the space it takes up, as if your whole body is breathing. Have a sense of the space around you and hold everything in awareness.


This sequence is like an hour glass; wide focus, followed by narrow focus, followed by wide again....


If you would like to learn these simple techniques that you can do at home, please do contact

me.

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NLP - What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming?


Anthony Robbins, one of the current leading individuals who trains using NLP strategies demonstrates the model in his motivational and highly informative 20 minute video here;

https://youtu.be/_x1jJvp1ERs 


NLP identifies our conscious and subconscious patterns of communication and behaviour, and how they interact in the process of change - allowing us to understand these patterns, and thus modify our behaviour.


We perceive the world through information filtered through our sensory systems, and the data received is processed at an unconscious level. It may be experienced initially on an internal level, then manifested through our external behaviour.


NLP encompasses several different areas including rapport and communication, how we gather information, and how we change strategies.

Call for a chat about how NLP could help you!

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Hypnotherapy

The best way to describe Hypnotherapy is by demonstration. Please follow the link to observe a colleague's typical 20 minute session.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_FYo1Ss41w (Video - hypnosis for confidence and motivation)


Hypnosis is the oldest of all healing techniques and has been an intimate part of all cultures.

It is a naturally occurring human condition in which the brain is very relaxed. We experience it in varying forms on a daily basis, such as when daydreaming, or concentrating on a task in such a way that we become completely unaware of our surroundings. When our mind is relaxed we function more effectively.


Hypnotherapy is the process of using that trance-like state to work with our subconscious mind, to overcome difficulties such as physical illness, addiction and poor self-confidence, through the implantation of positive suggestions.

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Therapies

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
EMDR 
(Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
Holistic 
(Mindfulness Meditation)
NLP
(Neuro-Linguistic Programming)
Hypnotherapy

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)

Holistic (Mindfulness Meditation)
Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Hypnotherapy