How we work
Obviously you'll have an idea of what you (or a dependent) want to achieve. It could be help with any of a number of issues. Commonly these concern things like interpersonal difficulties, academic underachievement, concentration, ADHD, anxiety, depression, career guidance, memory problems, work stress, confidence, relationships, sleep problems, impulsivity, anger management or alcohol/substance abuse.
It could even just be curiosity about yourself or a pressing need to perform at your best, especially for elite sportspeople and demanding business positions.
So we need to find out what is preventing you from performing at your best. To get the right answers, we start with a battery of assessments. Above all, my practice is data-driven. But always bearing in mind that not everything that counts, can be counted!
There are extraordinarily good assessments that are available to psychologists today. We use these to obtain good data points around which to build a diagnosis and plan a completely personalised treatment. For example, we might, in partnership with medical partners, start with genetic testing. Genetic testing is enabling a whole new platform of health creation and high-level functioning: the salutogenic model.
Another contemporary assessment is a qEEG (quantitive electroencephalogram), also known as electrophysiological imaging or EEG informatics. Using a cap with electrodes, this measures your brain waves under conditions of rest as well as cognitive load and is one of the most powerful diagnostic tools that we have to assess the functioning or "health" of your brain. LORETA is a technique used in conjunction with the qEEG and can provide valuable information about network dynamics
Allied to this is an ERP (event related potential) assessment which provides a measure of how your brain is processing a 'chunk' of information from the time when it enters from the sense organs to the point where the brain decides what to do with the information and finally monitors the success of the 'selected' behaviour.
There is also a physiological stress assessment. By attaching sensors to assess your physiological arousal (heart rate, breathing rate, skin temperature, muscle tension and galvanic skin response/perspiration) in response to a variety of events, we can tell how you are likely to react to everyday stressful events and how to control your response.
There are a wide variety of personality and emotional intelligence assessments. You can even test (and improve) your ability to recognize the emotion expressed by different facial expressions. If you are a sportsperson, you can assess your visual performance skills.
There are a number of neuropsychological assessments that measure the major domains of brain functioning such as working memory, perception, attention, short-term memory, concentration, movement, emotion, executive functioning and language.
There are also some classic assessments such as the Rorschach Inkblot test (developed in the 1920s) which is still one of the finest assessments of how you are perceiving the world.
By combining the different assessment methods above it is possible to achieve a very high level of objective, personalised data, specific to you. This is used to create personalised therapeutic interventions involving a mix of talk therapy, cognitive enhancement, biofeedback, medication and coaching.