Sometimes low mood or anxiety can be so persistent that it gets in the way of living the life we would rather be living, and we find that we're unintentionally (or intentionally) neglecting ourselves and other things. Some of us have experienced a traumatic event that we just can't seem to get past. At times it can feel as though we've lost sight of our values and goals and we want to get back on track but have no idea how or where to start. Many of us worry about our children who seem withdrawn and anxious but we just don't know how to support them, and we worry that we're making it worse. Well therapy, the kind that I do, can help with all of these things.
I’m a Clinical Psychologist who helps people find creative ways to overcome their hurdles and get on with the life they'd rather be living. Being a Clinical Psychologist means I’ve trained for a long time to be able to offer a wide range of interventions.
I have a private practice in South East London where I help children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of problems with low mood and anxiety, including:
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Panic attacks / anxiety attacks
• Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Social anxiety / social phobia
• Performance anxiety / fear of public speaking
• Health anxiety
As the name suggests, CBT focuses on the way people think ("cognitive") and act ("behavioural"). The concept behind CBT is that our thoughts about a situation affect how we feel (emotionally and physically) and how we behave in that situation. CBT, is an evidence-based psychological treatment proven to be effective through rigorous scientific research. This means that CBT treatment is not based on what people think might work, but what has been proven to work.
If something traumatic has happened to you (whether it be a car accident, abuse or something seemingly less significant like being humiliated), the memory of your experience may come crashing back into your mind, forcing you to relive the original event with the same intensity of feeling - like it is taking place in the present moment. While it isn't possible to erase these memories, the process of Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) can alter the way these traumatic memories are stored within the brain - making them easier to manage and causing you less distress.
“Dr Dunbar has listened to my son and his needs, she has helped him overcome his problems and has supported him at school. Dr Dunbar has been incredible and changed my son's view of himself in attending those sessions. My son is now able to manage his problems extremely well and is finally returning back to the happy and relaxed child he once was. Thank you.”