Hanna has over thirty years’ experience of working in the NHS as a clinical psychologist in both primary and secondary care. She works in a flexible, collaborative way to help clients make sense of their difficulties, resolve problems and establish new pathways for emotional wellbeing. She provides individual therapy as well as couple and family therapy for adults and young people from the age of 10. She has had extensive experience of working with a wide range of difficulties including: anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, complex trauma, adjustment difficulties, obsessive compulsive disorder, relationship difficulties and domestic violence. She offers short term therapy as well as longer term therapy depending on specific need and presenting difficulties.
Hanna trained in clinical psychology at University College and London Teaching Hospitals, and initially focused on cognitive behaviour therapy. Over the years, she refined her therapeutic style to enable her to be more responsive to her clients’ needs.
She realised that she needed to understand her clients’ difficulties in the context of their significant relationships. She therefore trained as a systemic therapist at the Institute of Family Therapy and the Kensington Consultation Centre. The focus of her interest is how people are influenced by their relationships. Systemic therapy can help to place the client’s symptom within the context of their present and past relationships with family members and/or partner. The aim is to attach new meanings to the problem and to develop new ways of relating. It is hoped that if individuals in a relationship change their way of communicating, the symptoms will change.
Hanna has an integrative style of working and she likes to weave cognitive behavioural therapy as well as narrative ideas into her overall approach so that she can separate the problem from the person. She trained in third wave CBT which includes compassion focused therapy and mindfulness based stress reduction. She finds these approaches most useful for people who cause themselves endless suffering through shame and self-criticism.
Many of her clients seek therapy because of a history of psychological trauma, which can cause devastating effects on their wellbeing and relationships. She is fully trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a treatment for post traumatic stress.
Much of her work consists of helping people with relational trauma. Emotionally focused couple therapy is one such model which is used for distressed couples when a partner suffers from depression or post-traumatic stress. This model is useful in identifying unwanted repetitive patterns which create relational distance and cause distress. The purpose of emotionally focused therapy is to help clients express their emotions in a way that helps them connect to their partner, ask for what they need and become more responsive in their communications. It is particularly helpful for clients who experience anger, fear, insecurity, loss of trust, and betrayal.
Our first meeting will give you a chance to ask any questions and for me to gain an understanding of your difficulties and what expectations you may have. You may decide that an alternative professional or provision would be more suited to your needs, in which case we will discuss this further. If we agree to work together, I will discuss with you arrangements for follow-up appointments.
I look forward to meeting you.