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What therapies can I offer?


With the depth and range of my training, I am able to put together an integrated therapy package for each person I see drawing on many types of psychology therapy in which I am trained. I particularly draw on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Mindfulness. Below is a brief description of each and more information can be found by searching the internet for each type of therapy.  Whilst these are my main therapeutic models I draw on a much wider range of models to create individualised packages of care to my clients within a comfortable office space in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

If time and travel are a problem for people, I can also now see people over internet conferencing facilities using secure platforms such as VeeSee or Zoom, which are free to download and easy to use, however, the success of these is dependent on us both having a stable internet connection.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a collaborative form of therapy that focuses on the link between our thoughts, feelings and behaviour.  By examining how we think about our problems, and what we do when we have difficult feelings, we can learn to find new ways of tackling our difficulties.  By testing out new ideas under the guidance of a skilled therapist we can learn to manage our difficult feelings and think differently about our problems.  CBT is recommended in the NICE Guidelines for many different types of psychological difficulty.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT is about making space for difficult feelings, being in the moment, and committing to actions that move your life in the direction of things you really value, rather than just repeating the old unhelpful habits.  It's about realising how many of the things we do to try and manage difficult feelings actually make things worse rather than better in the long run. ACT is about accepting that pain and difficulty is part of the human condition, but that we tend to make it worse by overthinking it and getting into other unhelpful habits that take us away from our deeply held values.

Mindfulness is a way of living that emphasises paying attention in the present moment, letting go of worrying or upsetting thoughts, focusing on self-compassion, acceptance and non-judgement.  Meditation skills help develop mindfulness and can be taught either in the course of a wider individual therapy or as an end in itself.  Mindfulness groups offer the opportunity to learn within a small group setting about how mindfulness can help you.

EMDR is a complex and powerful set of therapeutic techniques for dealing with disturbing memories.  By guiding a client to recall an event, along with their thoughts and feelings from the event, whilst moving their eyes in a particular way, even very significant traumatic memories can be resolved quite rapidly compared to other types of psychological therapy.  As the evidence for EMDR grows it is being used with ever more varied presentations. Crucially it is a very effective treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is suitable for people who have survived accidents and disasters, combat veterans and people who have been abused or assaulted in any way. It works just as well on old memories as more recent ones.

For more information on EMDR take a look at the EMDR Association website by following this link:-  

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Dr Yvonne Waft BSc (Hons), DClinPsychol, CPsychol, AFBPsS
Trinity Space Centre, Waldorf Way, Wakefield, WF2 8DH
07947 067847