Jo de Vries Therapy

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Psychosexual, Relationship and EMDR Trauma Therapy in Leicester

I am a BACP & COSRT Senior Accreditated Psychotherapist based in Leicester, this covering Psychosexual Therapy, Relationship Counselling and Individual Therapy including Addiction issues. I am also an Accredited Complex Trauma Specialist (EMDR UK) and practising Psychologist (BPS).

I am committed to providing these therapies, since 2002, in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment, with an open minded and affirmative stance, a client's individuality being embraced. These can be either face to face, telephone or Zoom/Skype sessions as required, especially with the Corona Virus ongoing. There are two Therapy Dogs here for clients who wish them to be present in sessions.

We look to do more than manage, but fix the problem, and I am proud of my consultancy success rate with clients in achieving their goals, currently standing at 95%. This is a very collaborative type of therapy, we do not just talk.

I work and consult with both individual adults and couples of any sexual orientation on a short (around 6 sessions for General Wellbeing work) or longer term basis. One-off sessions are also available as appropriate, or an intensive day or two can be planned as per the client's needs. I also am available through WPA's, AVIVA and AXA Healthcare's Professional Registers if you have their healthcare insurance.

My role is to work with the client to understand what their issues really mean to them, and to help them create a healthier life for themselves and their loved ones going forward. This may involve exploring immediate concerns in life or address 'deeper' issues present. Clients may be in monogamous or open relationships, polyamory being more common in the UK than we think.

As a therapist I work in an Integrative, structured approach using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, EMDR and Systemic theories in the main. In a nutshell, this means together we generate insights from a client's background (the Script as it is known) and then strategically work out how to fix the underlying issues emerging with healthier behaviours. This makes this work solution focused.

The three core conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard underpin this. Gay affirmative practice from a non-traditional perspective is worked with in LGBT therapy. I am also BDSM/Kink Aware and work with Gender Dysphoria. Affirmative, explorative work is available for Transgender clients. Sex workers are very welcome to contact me.

I am experienced in working with sexual dysfunctions in sex therapy and have worked very successfully with clients who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, have mental health issues, non-neurotypical presentations such as Aspergers and ADHD, or have experienced trauma and dissociation. Compulsive/addiction therapy work is available for eating disorders and drug and alcohol abuse.

I specialise in EMDR work (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) for trauma cases, be that Developmental trauma that has interfered with the growth of personality or a life changing event, that may be resulting in PTSD and/or dissociation depending on it's complexity. This includes Dissociative Identity Disorder, this affecting up to 2 million people in the UK alone.

I also specialise in Sex Addiction in sex therapy work here in Leicester, for both the addict and their partners. It maybe for some individuals that sex is not connected with love. Additionally Postnatal, Menopausal, Sexual Anorexic, Asexual, FGM, and Infertile clients also attend to work through what this means for them.

Relationship therapy has addressed areas of breakdown, affairs, self esteem, bereavement, moderate depression and anxiety (including OCD, Pure O and PTSD), and I work cognitively to improve communication and improve the status quo of the individuals concerned. Mindfulness usually helps to bring some anxiety levels down here, especially with Borderline Personality Disorder. Relationship work may be required to understand more about patterns of issues from the past affecting the present, again potentially including trauma, and altering these for the future.

I am aware of prescribed psychiatric drug dependence and withdrawal which is under discussed, but may be a big part of a clients presenting problems without them necessarily realising.

I do not work with users of child pornography or domestic violence. These cases would be automatically referred

My practice is based close to the Leicester city centre. Both daytime and evening appointments are available, and Skype/Zoom sessions are still the most popular mode of therapy for ongoing clients.

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