Therapies Offered

As the founder of People of Worth, Psychotherapist Imogen HG Johnson offers one to one therapeutic sessions, encompassing her extensive training and breadth of experience.

Therapies Offered

Mindfulness

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy is an approach to psychotherapy that uses cognitive behavioural therapy methods in collaboration with mindfulness meditative practises and similar psychological strategies. It was originally created to be a relapse-prevention treatment for individuals with major depressive disorder.

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Life Story Journeys

Life Story Work: Life story work is a social work intervention with children and adults designed to recognise their past, present, and future. It is an overview of the adult’s life that will enable them to recall memories and understand their past. An adult who does not fully understand their history is at risk of developing an imagined story of fictional life events leading to a misplaced sense of identity. Often, life story work is written from the perspective of the Past-Present; although it has been suggested that exploring it in this way causes the client anxiety, as past issues may be too painful to come to terms with.

Therefore, it has been suggested that a new approach: ‘Present, Past, Present and Future’ be used as this allows the client to feel that their current place in life is secure. This symbolically encourages the client to feel contained by their therapist and professionals surrounding them. Furthermore, Life story work sets the scene for the identification of the target memories (present concerns) and touch stone memories (past memories) that will need reprocessing within Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

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Eye Movement Therapies

During (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing therapy; Integral eye movement therapy & Brain spotting), I will support you to explore emotionally disturbing memories, whilst supporting you to focus on an external stimulus. Stimuli include me directing a lateral eye movement; following a pointer, light, pen or my finger, which are the most commonly used external stimuli. A variety of other stimuli including hand-tapping and audio stimulation are also often used.

Working in collaboration with you, I will identify the target memories to be worked with and in what order according to your emotional threshold capability. At this stage in the process, I will further support you with identifying how a particular memory has impacted you through exploring your negative belief system. An exploration then takes place of how that memory has impacted your beliefs about yourself; “How did we learn to feel the way we do? We then explore what you would prefer to believe about yourself in that particular memory and how you’d like to behave differently.

Similar to EMDR therapy; Brain spotting (BSP) also known as a ‘reflective therapy’ will reveal your unprocessed traumas through fixed eye positions. Specific eye positions will link to your “brain spot”, an area of the mind that retains thoughts and emotions to uncover inhibiting unconscious processes.

Cognitive Interweaves or Inner Child reprocessing will often be used within your reprocessing journey, where you may feel let down in your own experience of being parented. The most widely used technique is ‘Parks Inner Child Therapy’, Here you will be supported with parenting the ‘inner conflicted’ child ego state of your vulnerable self. Please see Info on Parks Inner Child Therapy description.

Stabilisation techniques are also used within Eye Movements therapies. At the start of the therapeutic journey (visualisation meditation), within the re-processing phase should you become too overwhelmed (EMD/breathing techniques); and at the end of the session within body scans and grounding techniques.

Gestalt Chair Dialogues

Chair work is a psychotherapeutic technique that typically involves the use of two chairs that face one another. The client sits in one chair and has a dialogue with an imagined family member or other person sitting in the opposite chair; alternatively, the client moves back and forth between the two chairs and speaks from different aspects of him- or herself.

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Parks Inner Child Therapy

Parks Inner Child Therapy (PICT) is a powerful and versatile visualisation-based therapy model. It is an evolving, cognitive form of therapy, with a foundation in basic Transactional Analysis, that incorporates Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to aid rapid positive change. Although PICT was originally created to specifically help people recover from the trauma and damage of sexual, physical and emotional abuse during childhood (such harm may have been caused deliberately, caused by neglect, or by inadequate parenting which was not intentional), PICT is equally effective for a wide range of emotional problems.

PICT teaches that the core beliefs we have about ourselves (our identity), about others or about the world are learned during early childhood, before we are old enough to determine if the information is correct or not.

PICT works on the premise that the ‘inner child’ (that one part of our unconscious where the memories & beliefs of childhood reside) who holds the original beliefs, can be communicated with and the limiting beliefs can be changed.

The PICT model assists clients to access specific information, through the unconscious mind, to identify the root cause of ongoing problems and unwanted behaviours. Then, using specific PICT techniques, the client’s ‘adult part’ (with direction from the PICT therapist) gives the ‘child part’ appropriate information, love and support – which are the three basic ingredients needed to create belief change. Consequently, changing the perspective for the ‘child part’ and enabling the ‘child’ and ‘adult’ part of the client to both gain positive and matching beliefs about self. Essentially, the client is guided through the unwanted feelings or behaviours to the desired emotional freedom. Within this process the ‘parent’ part is automatically learning new attitudes and skills to alter negative and destructive self-talk.

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What’s the Difference Between Counselling & Psychotherapy?

‘Psychotherapy’ and ‘Counselling’ are terms that are often used interchangeably.  Some practitioners may choose to use both terms when referring to themselves.

Although they are very similar, there are some subtle differences.

‘Counselling’ is described as a solution focused ‘outcome based’ intervention.

Psychotherapy is mostly focused upon behavioural patterns and often targets a particular symptom or problematic situation.

One of the fundamental differences between Counselling and Psychotherapy is that Psychotherapists are trained to diagnose according to their approach to therapy.

This is critical when dealing with issues that are deep-rooted and impacting on the patient/client’s relationship to self and others.

Psychotherapy requires more skill from the practitioner than Counselling; with a more rigorous academic and clinical focus than counselling training.

Whilst a Psychotherapist is qualified to provide counselling, a counsellor may not possess the necessary training and skills to provide clinical Psychotherapy.

In their practice, Psychotherapists will often utilise a skill set from a variation of ‘modalities’ to create a formulation best suited to the clients’ bespoke journey.

Whether it is solution focused short term Counselling you require to overcome a specific mental health problem, relational issues, work related stress, bereavement, loss or break down of a marriage at ‘People of Worth Psychotherapy’ a bespoke journey of therapeutic and inspiring support will be shared.

Alternatively, your journey might require the longevity of Psychotherapeutic support, through a journey of exploration into childhood, adolescence and adulthood patterning. To create a formulation of therapeutic support so you can overcome the impact of chronic and acute trauma (as well as what that trauma may have resulted in).

At ‘People of Worth Psychotherapy’ I will provide you with the space in which you will feel held, supported, able to self-explore and evolve.

In short, this is your process, and it would be my pleasure to walk by your side…

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What Happens in a Psychotherapy Session?

Your first consultation (which lasts approximately an hour) is the essential starting point to explore what is actually going on for you right now. To explore what may be causing you to feel in pain, fearful and/or stuck in a habit or behaviour.

We then move onto the foundations of creating a ‘safe space’. This is done through ‘mindfulness-breath-works’ and ‘visualisations within Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing therapy’.

Having then explored some of your ‘life story’ where you reflect on memories within your life that have perhaps impacted you. We begin the ‘transformational change process’ using techniques and approaches to help you towards attaining your goals.

The session ends with ‘mindfulness’ meditation for ‘grounding purposes’ which brings you back safely into the space.

There is plenty of opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have, receive a summary of the session and progress made so far.

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