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Services & Information

Find out more about the therapies we provide here, in addition there are some  useful links and resources 

What is EDMR?

EMDR was developed by Francine Shapiro, an American clinical psychologist, in 1987.  Much of her initial research was with Vietnam veterans experiencing PTSD. The effects were remarkable – soldiers who had previously been resistant to all forms of therapy were cured within a few sessions. Nowadays the traumas tend to come from car crashes or accidents, from loss or grief. Sometimes they generate from painful incidents way back in childhood, including abuse.   

The theory is that when a trauma occurs certain parts of the brain become over-excited and "freeze" the information in its original anxiety-producing form. So instead of letting the experience become a normal memory, the brain clutches onto the terror and fear. This "frozen" information will resurface giving rise to intrusive thoughts, uncomfortable feelings, flashbacks, nightmares, even full-blown phobias or panic attacks. 

These are some links which help to think about EMDR and understand its principles.

Eye Movement May Be Able To Heal Our Traumas | Tricia Walsh | TEDxUCDavisSF

Eye Movement May Be Able To Heal Our Traumas | Tricia Walsh | TEDxUCDavisSF

NOTE FROM TED: We've flagged this talk, which was filmed at a TEDx event, because it appears to fall outside TEDx's curatorial guidelines. This talk only represents the views and experiences of the speaker as a patient and practitioner of EMDR. TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers. The guidelines we give TEDx organizers are described in more detail here: Tricia Kim Walsh shows us how to better understand ourselves in this poignant, personal talk. Her story of self-discovery will make you change the way you think about "connections". Discover the powerful therapy of EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing that can help people to heal from their traumas. Patricia “Tricia” Kim Walsh is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapist. She has successfully held a full private practice located in Pleasant Hill for the last 6 years, working with individual adults, tweens, teens, couples and families. Tricia also works full-time as a Mental Health Specialist with Crossover Health and provides individual therapy to full-time employees of a large silicon valley employer. Her clinical areas of specialty are PTSD/trauma, depression, anxiety, stress management, grief and loss, self-exploration and relational conflict. She previously served as a faculty counselor and counseling outreach coordinator at the Student Health and Counseling Center of the California State University of East Bay for five years. During her time, she provided individual, couples and group therapy to the undergraduate and graduate students of CSUEB. Tricia received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis with a double major in Communication and Sociology of Law. She also holds a paralegal certificate and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. When she is not in the therapy office, Tricia is spending time with husband and two cats, Loke & Mocha, and loves to travel, write, act, dance and sing. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
Should I do EMDR therapy? 5 questions to help you decide

Should I do EMDR therapy? 5 questions to help you decide

There's not a huge amount of info out there about EMDR so in this video I talk you through some of the things I think it's helpful to consider if this therapy has been recommended to you and you're considering it. This is me sharing my personal opinion and experience having gone through a course of EMDR for my PTSD. Information and templates for suicide safety planning is available at You might also like my other videos re EMDR: My experience of EMDR (personal video): EMDR: 3 things I wish I'd known before I started trauma therapy: -- I hope you find this video helpful. Please take a moment to leave a comment about what you did and didn't like or sharing your own ideas or experiences. Please also to let me know what other topics you'd like me to tackle in future videos and subscribe to be kept up to date with new videos as they’re published. You can also follow me on Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: LinkedIn: Newsletter sign up: You might also be interested in my books: Can I tell you about self-harm: The Healthy Coping Colouring Book & Journal: Using Poetry to Promote Talking and Healing: Self-Harm and Eating Disorders in Schools:

What is Cognitive Analytic Therapy?

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is most effective in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, phobias or OCD.

CAT explores the problematic ways in which you think, feel and act, whilst offering a collaborative way of understanding the origins of your distress (which are often rooted in early life/experiences or from childhood), and how these difficulties may be maintained by the ways that you have learned to cope or manage your problems, feelings and needs.  If you are experiencing difficulties in your relationships with yourself or other people, then CAT might be the right therapy for you.

CAT Therapy can either be 8,16 or 24 sessions.

The number of sessions recommended would depend on how complex or entrenched the issues are, and would usually be able to be determined in the first session.

24 sessions is the recommended number of sessions for eating disorders or complex trauma/EUPD

and 8 sessions can be helpful for a briefer intervention.

A typical 16-session CAT would involve:

Sessions 1-4: you will discuss your current difficulties and go over your developmental history (any significant events that occurred as you were growing up – positive and negative); your therapist will read to you a ‘reformulation letter’, which is a written account of a shared understanding of the story of your life and how some of your past experiences might be affecting you now.

Sessions 5-12: developing a formulation diagram (mapping out patterns in a visual format); use of formulation tools and diaries to aid recognition of unhelpful patterns; and, together, developing exits (revision) from these patterns e.g. coping strategies, new ways of relating.

Sessions 13-16: on-going work of therapy plus an explicit focus on endings/ending therapy (particularly if you have had difficult endings or losses in your early life); goodbye letters to and from the therapist read aloud and exchanged.

Follow-up at 3 months for review.​

Evidence from CAT across the various diagnoses as a whole suggests it facilitates good outcomes. CAT is a therapy that clients can easily relate to, and it has low drop out rates.  Please visit for more information

Image by Rafael Morais

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Links & Resources

Mental Health

Centre for Clinical Excellence

If you experience a condition that is affecting your mental health and are looking for specific information about different types of problems then the ‘workbooks' or sets of modules in this section may be relevant to you.

Mental Health

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

Anyone can hit crisis point. We run a free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems. We support those bereaved by suicide, through the Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP).

Mental Health

Anxiety UK

Whether you have anxiety, stress, anxiety-based depression or a phobia that’s affecting your daily life, we’re here to help you. And we’re fully supported by an expert team of medical advisors.

Mental Health


This charity offers concrete information and advice to people with poor mental health and diagnosed mental ill health conditions. They work hard to raise public awareness and understanding of issues relating to mental health.

Mental Health


Offers confidential, 24-hour emotional support to anyone in crisis. Helpline: 116 123


Patricia Gough

MBACP, Dip. Humanistic, Integrative Counsellor. Patricia is experienced in supporting people who face a wide range of difficulties such as anxiety, depression, bereavement/loss, life transitions, parenting children with complex needs, family estrangement, adult children of alcoholics, high sensitivity, relationship issues and more. Patricia is gender, sexuality and relationship diversity affirmative & allied with kink/bdsm, polyamory, sex workers and sex-positive communities.


Meg-John Barker

They have a brilliant website where you can find their free zines and resources on gender, sexuality and relationship diversity, as well as just being human and navigating life! They are free and SO informative! They also have a brilliant podcast, a blog and several published several books.



A brilliant Brighton LGBTQ service is Mindout. They offer various support such as advocacy services, helplines, support groups and more!



Another great Brighton LGBTQ service is Switchboard. Switchboard is a charity for LGBTQ people looking for community, support or information. They connect people and support them directly through specially developed Switchboard services or link them to other specialist organisations.



If you live in Eastbourne, BourneOut started their own Pride! They have a small community cafe and offer warm & friendly support. They have also recently launched their counselling service which Patricia is leading. They offer 12, donation-based sessions and currently have spaces.



During Covid-19 it’s natural for us to feel worried or anxious at the moment, we’ve all experienced sudden changes in our lives and to our routines. Jo works as a School-Based Counsellor in England and is continuing to support secondary/sixth form/college/university students via YouTube.


Heads Together

Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which combines a campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health.



Free, safe and anonymous online counselling support for young people (postcode depending).



Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help. Text 85258.



Provides information and advice on child mental health issues. Offers a fantastic helpline specifically for parents: 0808 802 5544 (Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 4pm).


Family Lives Matter

People can contact about all aspects of family life that include all stages of a child’s development, issues with schools and parenting/relationship support. They also respond when life becomes more complicated and provide support around family breakdown, aggression in the home, bullying, teenage risky behaviour and mental health concerns of both parents and their children.

Helpline: 0808 800 2222, email us at or alternatively visit our forums or online advice.

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