Tamara uses a range of different therapy approaches depending on the individual needs of the client.
Therapy approaches include behavioural therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for those who might not have yet engaged in psychological therapy. This might include simplified behaviour therapy and CBT for those with cognitive or intellectual challenges.
For clients who have experienced complex trauma and problems that seem to repeat over their lives Tamara often uses Schema Therapy. For clients who have experienced trauma including single or multiple incident trauma, eye movement desensitisation reprocessing treatment (EMDR) may be used to desensitise and distance traumatic memories.
Clients with ADHD who experience addictions are frequently treated with CBT and schema therapy; along with EMDR to reduce drug triggers and urges. In the schema therapy model, addictions are seen as the ‘detached self-soother’ part which uses drugs to reduce negative feelings associated with anxiety, stress and depression.
For individuals with social challenges including challenges with boundaries, interpersonal skills, and assertiveness, DBT interpersonal effectiveness strategies may be used.
An individual formulation will usually be developed with the client which will be used to guide therapy. This usually happens within the first few sessions and will be based on information gathered from you in interviews and through questionnaires. Your individual formulation will then guide the interventions that are used for therapy. Sessions are usually structured and focused on doing the work of understanding how repeated patterns may be currently impacting you, and processing of trauma, rather than just providing supportive therapy.