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Additional evidence-based therapies

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

  • EMDR is an information-processing therapy that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches, using the natural healing ability of your body.
  • EMDR is used for individuals who have experienced severe trauma that remains unresolved. When a traumatic or distressing experience occurs, it may overwhelm normal thought processing and coping mechanisms. The memory and associated triggers are inadequately processed, and stored in an isolated memory network.
  • The goal of EMDR therapy is to process these distressing memories, reducing their negative effects and allowing you to develop better coping mechanisms. This is done in an eight-step protocol that includes you recalling distressing images while receiving one of several types of bilateral sensory input, such as eye movements, that are recreated by asking you to watch the practitioner’s finger move backwards and forwards across your visual field. Sometimes, a bar of moving lights or headphones is used instead.
  • The eye movements will last for a short while and then stop. You will then be asked to report back on the experiences you have had during each of these sets of eye movements. Experiences during a session may include changes in thoughts, images, and feelings.
  • EMDR was originally developed to treat adults suffering from PTSD, however, it is also used to treat other conditions.

Interpersonal therapy

  • The main focus of IPT is on relationship problems and on helping you to identify how you are feeling and behaving in your relationships with others.
  • IPT looks at symptoms, such as low mood or anxiety, and tries to understand how this may be a response to current difficulties in relationships, or how the low mood or anxiety could be affecting the quality of relationships.
  • During IPT you may focus on one or more of the following relationship difficulties:
  • Conflict with another person
  • Life changes that affect how you feel about yourself and others
  • Grief and loss
  • Difficulty in starting or keeping relationships going
  • It aims to support people with mild to moderate common mental health difficulties, such as low mood, anxiety and stress.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • ACT is based on the idea that trying to rid ourselves of pain and distress only increases it, and turns it into something traumatic. The alternative is to accept it. ACT enables you to make room for painful feelings, thoughts, and sensations, allowing them to be there, coming and going without you struggling against them.
  • ACT will help you accept your pain and commit to activities that are in line with what you value in order to live a meaningful life.
  • ACT incorporates mindfulness in its therapy.
  • It aims to support people with mild to moderate common mental health difficulties, such as low mood, anxiety and stress.


  • Mindfulness Therapy can help you to observe the relationship between your thoughts and feelings in any situation; it enables you to accept your internal emotions, thoughts and physical sensations and allows you to do what is best for you, at that time, in that situation.
  • Being mindful is the opposite of being on autopilot. Automatic pilot is when you are more likely to have your “buttons pressed” where events around you and your thoughts, feelings can trigger old habits of thinking that are often unhelpful and may lead to worsening mood.
  • Mindfulness therapy enables you to take control of your mind rather than allowing your mind to be in control of you. It enables you to pay attention in any situation on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.
  • It aims to support people with mild to moderate common mental health difficulties, such as low mood, anxiety and stress.

How do I access these? 

These interventions are usually delivered by our Counsellors, CBT therapists, and Primary Care Mental Health Practitioners.

  • You will first need an assessment with one of our therapists. You will have an opportunity to talk about your difficulties and what your goals are.  During your assessment you will be able to discuss treatment options with your therapist and you will be given an appointment for further therapy as one becomes available.
  • Your main therapist will then discuss with you what might be most helpful and may use one of these interventions.
  • You can refer yourself by phoning 0191 282 6600 or by completing the online referral form.

What to expect

Find out more information about our service and what you can expect from the process here.

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What we offer

There are a large range of therapies available to help you within our service. You can read more about the techniques we use here.

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We have a range of courses available as part of our service. Click the link below to find out more.

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Frequently asked questions

It is common to have many questions about our service, we have answered many of the common questions here.

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