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Sandra Gladh

Twickenham
Anger
Anxiety
Attachment difficulties
Children and adolescents
Relationships
Trauma
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Me in a nutshell

I grew up in Sweden near the deep forests with peaceful lakes and playful rivers. I have been living in London for over 12 years and I still find peace in nature, whether it's by walking, cycling or horse riding. I have always liked to travel and meet new people and find out about their stories. It's this curiosity that made me become a psychotherapist and learn how to help others reconcile with their past and reshape their future.

Why people break down

Sometimes things happen that our brain doesn’t know how to deal with and gets a bit stuck in trying to solve them. When that happens, we might feel scared, anxious or angry, we might not know what to do and act in ways that aren’t helping us. In these times the brain needs help to figure out what is going on and this is where therapy can be invaluable.

Some surprising ways in which therapy works

When I first started using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapy, I was surprised to notice how events, feelings and thoughts appeared to be stuck in people’s bodies and prevented them from moving forward. This happens when information is not integrated from the right side of the brain to the left side of the brain. During an EMDR session, this integration happens and clients often have a physical response as a blocked part of them is released. You can even see how their posture changes as anxieties are released.

My specialities

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Children and adolescents
  • Relationships
  • Trauma

I also work with most of the major psychological and mental health issues.

My qualifications & experience

  • Trained EMDR therapist, counsellor, psychotherapist and hypnotherapist
  • Over 10 years’ experience of working with children and adolescents, particularly with trauma, adoption issues, extreme emotions and problem behaviours
  • Part of a local authority where I work extensively with looked after children and unaccompanied asylum seekers

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is considered especially effective in treating trauma in children, adolescents and adults. It relies on left-to-right brain stimulation, which happens as you move your eyes from side to side, or through alternating taps that you can feel. The theory is that trauma disrupts our brain’s ability to process information, so difficult experiences get trapped inside and fester. Improving the communication between the left and the right brain helps to unlock, process and resolve distressing memories.

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy uses the therapist’s voice to put us into a relaxed, hypnotic state which awakens our subconscious mind - the seat of our emotions, beliefs, automatic responses, habits and past experiences. The theory is that by accessing the subconscious, the therapist can introduce the changes we want and help us release habits, fears, phobias and beliefs that we no longer need.

Person-centered Therapy

Person-centered therapy is based on the idea that we already know our problems and how to solve them better than anyone else. The therapist is there not to offer advise or tell us what to do, but to help us find our own way. The focus of person-centered therapy is a strong personal relationship with the therapist, who listens deeply and empathetically to anything we wish to bring into the room and helps us explore our inner strengths and realise our existing potential.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy looks at how our early experiences shape our present lives. Its main insight is that problems often arise from painful childhood experiences that have been pushed down to the unconscious because they may be too painful for the conscious mind to process. These repressed emotions don’t go away but resurface to haunt our current relationships. The goal of therapy is to examine our current challenges at their roots, to make the unconscious conscious so we can understand ourselves and stop replaying past conflicts into the present.

Fees

I charge £80 per session.