Wise Steps Therapies

Caroline Khambatta BSc. Hons. is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, member of the EMDR Association UK & Ireland and a Fully Licensed Reverse Therapy™ Practitioner and Clinical Supervisor.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is one of the leading treatments recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for specific conditions where research provides evidence of its effectiveness. Originally developed by Aaron T Beck in the 70s for depression this approach has evolved into a range of methodologies including Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy that have generated a selection of treatments for a much wider range of conditions. CBT provides a way of breaking down a condition into its constituent parts of cognitions (thoughts), behaviours (habits), physiology (sensations in the body) and emotions. The therapist helps the client identify what started the problem and what is keeping it going. Together these provide a map, or formulation, of the problem which then determines potential treatments. Research shows that when changes are made in one part of the map, they affect the whole system. Clients use sessions to explore their understanding and express their preferred treatment approaches. Between sessions they experiment and practice what they have learnt so they can report back what works best for them in their life.

Therapy is structured in stages of assessment, treatment and prevention of it recurring.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Caroline has worked with individuals who have experienced an overwhelming event and find themselves unable to process it and move forward in their lives. She is trained in EMDR a preferred treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as recommended by NICE. The EMDR approach to trauma reflects the way traumatic events are stored in the body and the mind. Flashbacks, narratives, emotions and body sensations are all important elements of trauma that need to be processed. EMDR enables the client to access the resources they need, break things down into manageable size chunks and process them in a safe environment putting them in the past where they belong. Therapy starts with assessment and building the client’s resourcefulness, is followed by processing and ends with re-evaluation now that the memory has moved into the past.

Reverse Therapy™

RT is a talking therapy which respects the physiology (symptoms) and emotions of any condition. It teaches clients to listen to their bodies and work with symptoms rather than over-thinking, over-analysing and over-riding these important messages. In conditions such as CFS and Fibromyalgia clients are supported in identifying their body messages and learning to respond to emotions and symptoms through constructive action and communication with themselves and others. Typically this leads to reduced stress-related symptoms, increased self-esteem and a greater sense of congruence.

Here are some of the illnesses we currently treat (click for a popup containing more information):