Dr Lynne Korte

The Services I Offer

I treat a wide range of problems including:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Health Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-Natal Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Addictions
  • Anger Management
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Bereavement
  • Life Transition & Adjustment Issues
  • Psychosomatic Symptoms
  • Self Esteem & Self Development
  • Stress Management
  • Survivors of Sexual Abuse
  • Trauma
Starting psychotherapy can be a daunting experience. It means allowing yourself to be vulnerable and to talk to someone about issues which may feel uncomfortable and even quite painful. I recognise the courage it takes a person to start this process and do my best to put them at ease. During the initial session, we will talk about what has been going on for the client and I will try to get a better understanding of the development of the problem and how it is impacting on the person’s life. We will also talk about the different types of therapy and what they can offer the individual and together we will think about the most suitable model for their difficulties and the potential length of time the therapy will take. In order for therapy to work it is important for the client to feel they fit well with the therapist. The initial session is therefore also an opportunity for the client to ask me questions about my practice in order to get a better sense of who I am and what I can offer and whether this is in line with their needs.

The progress of therapy depends a lot on the therapeutic relationship and I aim to provide a confidential, warm and non-judgemental space in which the client can feel comfortable expressing their most difficult thoughts. I work in a very collaborative way, where both client and therapist are wholly involved in the treatment - talking, thinking and working together in order to achieve the results we desire.

Most of my sessions are face to face but I understand the demands on people’s time and provide skype and telephone sessions if required.
 
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Individual & Couples Therapy

I offer both individual and couples therapy.

Individual Therapy is a collaborative process between the client and therapist that occurs in a safe, supportive and confidential setting. It allows the client to explore the feelings, beliefs and patterns of behaviour that may be causing them difficulty and provides the space to identify changes they would like to make. The therapy aims to provide the client with a greater understanding of themselves and with the tools and techniques required to make the desired changes.

Couples Therapy is a process through which the therapist works with the couple to help them identify areas of conflict in the relationship or aspects of the relationship they would like to change. The therapy looks at the backgrounds of both partners, their beliefs, thoughts and behaviours that may be impacting upon the relationship and helps the couple to develop solutions to the immediate problems and strategies to improve the wellbeing of the relationship in the long term.
 
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Long Term & Short Term Therapy

I provide both short and long-term psychotherapy. During the initial assessment session, the client has the opportunity to discuss their reasons for seeking psychological treatment and together with the therapist, the length and type of therapy is agreed.

  • Short term therapy focusses on addressing a particular concern or problem. The emphasis is on the here and now and on making changes and implementing strategies to resolve or manage the specific problem more effectively.

  • Longer term work involves looking more deeply at underlying patterns and unresolved conflicts in order to find the root of a person’s difficulties. It takes into account past/childhood experience and how this influences the present. It is more useful for individuals who experience ongoing difficulties in a certain area of their lives.

I work with an integrative and person-centred approach, using different therapeutic models depending on the needs of the client. I have training and experience in using psychodynamic psychotherapy and interpersonal therapy and I have further specialist training in CBT and DBT.
 
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a form of therapy which aims to solve a variety of problems by working on our emotions, maladaptive thought patterns and behaviours. It is a government recommended evidence-based treatment for many difficulties including, but not limited to, anxiety disorders, depression, anger management, addictions and relationship difficulties. The main principle is that our thoughts affect our mood and consequently our behaviour. In therapy, you will learn how to identify and modify your thoughts, which quickly results in you feeling and acting differently. You will learn techniques and coping strategies to help you deal with and manage difficult situations outside the therapy room. In CBT, the client and therapist have an equal, collaborative relationship working towards the client’s best outcome. CBT tends to focus more on the here and now; helping you to manage day to day difficulties rather than work on issues from the past.
 
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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a type of therapy that combines standard CBT techniques with meditative practice. It was developed for people with Borderline Personality Disorder but has shown to be effective with other difficulties including addictions, eating disorders, depression, self-harming behaviours, suicidal thoughts and for survivors of sexual abuse. The therapy aims to teach people skills in mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance. This in turn allows people to deal more effectively with their intense emotions and thoughts, and to change or manage their behaviours, many of which may have become maladaptive coping strategies.

Supervision of Psychology Colleagues

Supervision is an essential part of our practice. It provides a safe and confidential space in which to reflect on the therapy we are providing, on any difficulties we are having or the emotions the work may be eliciting in us. It allows us to think about the model we are using and the treatment plan we have developed and to make changes if need be. It is requirement of our professional code of conduct and guarantees that the client receives the best possible service from their therapist. I offer supervision sessions to psychology colleagues as well as to BABCP accredited therapists. Please contact me for more information or to set up an appointment.
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