Stephen East, SKYPE BASED BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist/Supervisor, EMDR
Jesmond Therapy Centre
7 Holly Avenue West
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne And Wear
"Using scientifically proven techniques to help you move away from the life you don't want, and towards the one you do"
Hello. My name is Stephen East and I am a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist accredited with BABCP working in the Newcastle and Teesside areas. I am also a clinical supervisor and guest lecturer for Teesside University on their CBT Post Graduate Diploma. This means that I train and supervise trainee CBT therapists in a professional capacity.
What is CBT?
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help people manage their problems by changing the way they think and therefore behave. It is often successfully used to treat anxiety and depression, but is useful for a range of mental and physical health problems, in addition to related issues like sleep etc. CBT can help you deal with your negative thoughts and behaviours in a more positive way, therefore changing your emotions. CBT recognises that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected and can trap you in a vicious cycle where negative thoughts become dominant.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of depression and many types of anxiety. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) which is recommended for the treatment of many anxiety disorders including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.
CBT enables me to work with people in a way that helps them understand their difficulties and develop practical skills to enhance their well-being. It is a ‘common-sense’ approach and is based on scientific evaluation and is effective in working with:
- panic disorder and agoraphobia
- social anxiety
- post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
- health anxiety
- sleep difficulties
- low self esteem
- work related stress
- body image difficulties
- low mood
- overcoming personal issues
- helping you find direction in life
Working together we will explore the relationship between your thoughts, emotions and behaviours. This will enable us to have a shared understanding of how the difficulty is being maintained. As we progress through therapy you will develop a range of strategies to help you overcome the problem and feel more in control of daily life. We will enable you to be your own therapist.
I have full accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). Accreditation means that I have had comprehensive post graduate training in CBT and involves me demonstrating my competency to the highest standard. This competency is regularly monitored and ensures that I keep up to date with evidence based research and the application of skills and techniques.
What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.
More than 30 positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR therapy. Some of the studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions. Another study, funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions. In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions. There has been so much research on EMDR therapy that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense. Given the worldwide recognition as an effective treatment of trauma, you can easily see how EMDR therapy would be effective in treating the “everyday” memories that are the reason people have low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, and all the myriad problems that bring them in for therapy. Over 100,000 clinicians throughout the world use the therapy. Millions of people have been treated successfully over the past 25 years.
EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment. Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during one part of the session. After the clinician has determined which memory to target first, he asks the client to hold different aspects of that event or thought in mind and to use his eyes to track the therapist’s hand as it moves back and forth across the client’s field of vision. As this happens, for reasons believed by a Harvard researcher to be connected with the biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, internal associations arise and the clients begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings. In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level. For instance, a rape victim shifts from feeling horror and self-disgust to holding the firm belief that, “I survived it and I am strong.” Unlike talk therapy, the insights clients gain in EMDR therapy result not so much from clinician interpretation, but from the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes. The net effect is that clients conclude EMDR therapy feeling empowered by the very experiences that once debased them. Their wounds have not just closed, they have transformed. As a natural outcome of the EMDR therapeutic process, the clients’ thoughts, feelings and behavior are all robust indicators of emotional health and resolution—all without speaking in detail or doing homework used in other therapies.
I have completed levels 1 & 2 of EMDR training with EMDR Europe.
We can arrange an initial session is over the telephone to introduce ourselves and see how we may be able to work together. Give me a call and let's get started.
Training, qualifications & experience
Fully qualified and accredited CBT therapist with BABCP. I have been working in Primary Care services for ten years and have vast experience in working with clients. I am a CBT clinical supervisor and have guest lectured at Teesside University on the CBT Post Graduate Diploma.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Now offering Skype and telephone CBT at reduced rate of £45 per hour for limited time only.
£65 per hour face to face CBT.
£75 per hour EMDR.
£65 per hour face to face clinical supervision
£55 per hour telephone CBT and Skype.
£55 per hour telephone supervision
Contact me for any promotions, special offers or discounts for longer term work.
Please contact me by telephone or email me and we can arrange a telephone consultation to help us establish if CBT or EMDR is going to be helpful for you. If we agree that we would like to go forward working together then we can arrange a face-to-face or telephone appointment/assessment. From this we can build our understanding of the current problems and develop goals for therapy and how we can move towards these goals.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Available weekdays and weekends. Very flexible to suit your needs.
Types of client
Supervision & training
CBT Supervisor.View supervision profile