Lydia Miller

Lydia Miller

DHCC Counsellor

 

About Me

My commitment to improve the wellbeing of others is the foundation in which my career in psychology is based upon. My aim as a therapist is to create a warm, compassionate and collaborative therapeutic environment to support clients through difficult periods of their life.

I am UK qualified psychotherapist and my specialism lies within Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I hold an MSc in Psychology and postgraduate qualifications in CBT.

My enthusiasm for psychology led me to gain experiences across a wide range of UK National Health Service (NHS) settings. I have worked therapeutically with individuals of ages covering the whole life span with a variety of presenting problems and severity.

Approach

I provide a holistic approach to therapy by integrating Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused therapy (CFT) and Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT).

Cognitive behavioural therapy works by identifying and changing unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and behaviours that maintain distress. CBT also identifies where certain beliefs about the self, world and others develop and how they may be playing apart in the here and now. CBT is an active form of therapy, involving learning certain skills and techniques as well as out of session tasks to help you become your own therapist.

Compassion focused therapy (CFT) is helpful with difficulties relating to self-esteem and self-criticism. It works by being sensitive to the suffering of ourselves and others and a commitment to relieve this suffering. CFT helps us to better understand ourselves, realising that we all find ourselves here and that we are doing the best we can. CFT helps us to experience feelings of compassion for ourselves and others, aiming to alleviate distress and allowing you to relate to yourself in a more helpful way.

Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) can be used for a myriad of difficulties. ACT encourages us to increase our psychological flexibility through acceptance, mindfulness and behaviour change methods. ACT involves fully engaging in the present moment and allowing thoughts and feelings to be as they are. Allowing our experiences to come and go, as opposed to trying to control them, can make painful thoughts, feelings and sensations seem less threatening and ultimately have less influence over our life.

At The Psychiatry and Therapy Centre I provide individual psychological therapy for adults and adolescents. I also have extensive experience in facilitating groups and workshops for issues from anxiety to assertiveness

I am also currently lecturing in Psychology at Middlesex University Dubai.

Expertise:

I work with adults (16+) experiencing the following:

Depression
Anxiety
Stress
Low self-esteem/ self-confidence issues
Assertive communication
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)/ body image problems
Social anxiety/ performance anxiety
Public speaking
Panic disorder/ panic attacks
Specific phobias
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Health anxiety
Chronic pain
Clinical perfectionism

Tools:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Compassion Focussed Therapy
Mindfulness based approaches

Qualifications and memberships:

BSc Criminology and Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
MSc Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions, The University of Sheffield, UK.
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive and Behaviour Therapies, GMW Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Training Centre, The University of Manchester, UK.

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