Niki uses a range of therapy models and provides an integrative service according to what is needed for individual clients. She works with acute single events traumas, fears, phobias, anxiety and depression as well as complex traumas, C-PTSD and PTSD and developmental (childhood) trauma. As a Family Trauma Professional she is trained to work with whole families together to develop resilience and better emotional wellbeing across the whole family as a unit.
This model uses the clients field of vision to ‘spot’ where trauma capsules are stored in the brain. By focussing on where the precise reflexive action or triggered somatic response occurs the brain can begin processing events at it’s own pace. Founded and developed by psychotherapist and performance coach Dr Peter Grand PhD in 2003 on professional athletes and clients in his practice Brainspotting can be used not only with trauma events but to enhance performance across any field of sport or creativity where there is a mental block impeding performance. The effects are profound and clients love the experience.
“Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Brainspotting is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment, enhanced with Biolateral sound, which is deep, direct, and powerful yet focused and containing…. Brainspotting works with the deep brain and the body through its direct access to the autonomic and limbic systems within the body’s central nervous system. Brainspotting is accordingly a physiological tool/treatment which has profound psychological, emotional, and physical consequences.”
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reproprocessing is a trauma therapy that was developed in the 1990s by psychologist Dr Francine Shapiro. It uses bi-lateral stimulation to trigger rapid eye movement, either in the form of hand movements, tactile/tapping or audio or sensory stimulation. This enables the brain to process stuck or frozen information gathered, but not correctly processed, from traumatic events. EMDR is a fascinating process for both client and therapist. Once the processing sequence is activated the client is often able to feel the trauma leaving thier bodies as the sensory information previously stored is released whilst the visual and/or cognitive content of the memories is reframed. This enables the client to not only feel the healing process occuring but also to be witness to their brains own problem solving capacity. EMDR can be used effectively in a wide range of cases, however in severe trauma there is often need for long term stabilisation work to be done over several weeks to ensure clients have the resilience to undergo this powerful mode of practice.
Niki loves working with the subconscious mind and giving clients all ages the experience of hypnotherapy! Many clients come back regularly for the deep relaxing and restorative experience that it offers. Hypnotherapy works on the premise that when deeply relaxed you mind is more susceptible to positive suggestions. She use hypnosis with most clients at some point during their therapeutic journey, either as ego strengthening once trauma healing has occurred or during the initial stabilisation phases of trauma therapy to build resilience. It is also highly effective when working with children and young people.
NLP Neuro Linguistic Programming
NLP is a method of influencing brain behaviour (the “neuro” part of the phrase) through the use of language (the “linguistic” part) and other types of communication to enable a person to “recode” the way the brain responds to stimuli (that’s the “programming”) and manifest new and better behaviours. Neuro-Linguistic Programming often incorporates hypnosis and self-hypnosis to help achieve the change (or “programming”) that is wanted. It is a higly effective coaching tool for helping to build resilience skills and different methods to improve performance.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming is “a model of interpersonal communication chiefly concerned with the relationship between successful patterns of behaviour and the subjective experiences (esp. patterns of thought) underlying them” and “a system of alternative therapy based on this which seeks to educate people in self-awareness and effective communication, and to change their patterns of mental and emotional behaviour.”