Project Description

Clinical Psychologist

Jocelyn is particularly interested in the following challenges:

ADDICTIONS

Jocelyn uses an integrated approach to resolving addictions (including substances, pornography, online gaming) combining DBT and Schema Therapy. Jocelyn encourages practice of Mindfulness Meditation to enhance awareness of triggers for automatic addiction thoughts and impulses and replace them with adaptive coping patterns for reprogramming through the brain’s neuroplasticity. Therapy can be enhanced through use of Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR), Radical Exposure Tapping (RET) and Clinical Hypnosis (for imaginal reparenting).

BINGE EATING DISORDER

Jocelyn uses an integrated approach to resolving Binge Eating Disorder combining DBT and Schema Therapy. The relationship with food has become an ingrained and key coping strategy for the “vulnerable child mode” to distract from trauma and attachment distress. The focus is on enhancing awareness of emotions being avoided through binge eating through practice of Mindfulness Meditation. Key tools from DBT include Chain Analysis & developing a Coping Plan. Jocelyn is able to undertake the assessments for a Medicare Eating Disorder Plan (EDP) & prefers to team with a Dietician interested in the ketogenic approach to nutrition.

COMPULSIVE DISORDERS

Jocelyn combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with training in Mindfulness Meditation to enable the client to reduce stressors triggering compulsive behaviours and observe and resolve compulsive behaviours such as Trichotillomania, Excoriation Disorder and OCD (checking, contamination, hoarding, cleaning, perfectionism). Jocelyn has a particular interest in assisting clients to recover from PERFECTIONISM which frequently presents as a stand-alone symptom of OCD & perpetuates anxiety, depression, GAD, eating disorders, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder & Performance Anxiety (including Erectile Dysfunction). OCD like Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) often develops in the magical thinking of childhood as a way of feeling safe. Jocelyn builds the client’s coping tool-box with adaptive ways of promoting safety.

MOOD DISORDERS & ANXIETY DISORDERS.

Jocelyn is a Master teacher, trainer & coach who actively assists you to build your coping toolbox through DBT, CBT, Schema Therapy & IPT to resolve reactive depression and anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) and reduce vulnerability to Cyclothymia and Bipolar episodes

Clients are encouraged to step into the driver’s seat of their brain through the practice of Mindfulness Meditation and take control of their attention as the electrical power source maintaining unhelpful thoughts that trigger anxiety, depression, and bipolar episodes.

Jocelyn understands the brain’s amazing neuroplasticity & teaches you to become a Master Reprogrammer with the additional use of CLINICAL HYPNOSIS, EMDR, or RET. The reprogramming is deeper with Schema Therapy, so there is significantly less relapse than with CBT.

TRAUMA & DISSOCIATIVE DISORDERS

  • Jocelyn is very experienced in working effectively with complex trauma including childhood physical and sexual abuse and neglect and exposure to domestic violence. Trauma resolution requires both somatic and cognitive therapy and can encourage post-traumatic growth.
  • Brain imaging studies show the benefit of top-down cognitive strategies with trauma in decreased activation of the amygdala (the fear centre) and increased activation in the prefrontal cortex, the site of self-regulation.
    Top-down approaches engage the neocortex, frontal lobes & prefrontal lobes associated with thinking, speaking & current emotional awareness. However, top down language-based approaches are less beneficial during times of stress and dysregulation.
    Bottom-up approaches work with the parts of the brain located towards the base that are responsible for reflexes, memories and automatic survival responses (including the Fight-Flight response). The body’s memories of danger, supercharged by the amygdala, take precedence over the ability to calmly think things through. Trauma-informed therapy with a bottom-up approach includes somatic or body-focused therapies which allow the person to explore the dysregulated feelings and sensations after safety is established. After the person feels safe & can tolerate their feelings and be in their body then integrating top-down approaches with bottom-up therapy can be effective. Linking thinking to interoceptive awareness of sensations to reprocess trauma helps younger parts of the person to develop an awareness that the danger is in the past. Bottom-up approaches include diaphragmatic breathing, affect bridge to a positive memory, Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR), Radical Exposure Tapping (RET), and imaginal hypnotic techniques.
  • EMDR: is an interactive psychotherapy technique developed by Francine Shapiro. It is an effective treatment for trauma and Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During EMDR you re-experience traumatic or triggering experiences in brief doses whilst the therapist provides bilateral stimulation such as side-to-side eye movements or hand tapping. EMDR resolves distress associated with these memories, puts then in the past & embeds positive thoughts. Jocelyn has advanced training in EMDR.
  • RET: is a form of exposure therapy that combines the methodology of EMDR with the tapping sequence of the Emotional Freedom Therapy and imagery rescripting. RET assists the client to focus on visual, somatic, and cognitive aspects of the memory when tapping to reprocess & reduce distress. RET can resolve traumatic memories, PTSD, anxiety, fears, and emotional reactivity in a single session. Jocelyn has advanced training in RET.
  • CLINICAL HYPNOSIS: induces a state of trance or deep relaxation & susceptibility to suggestion and positive reprogramming around safety and self-efficacy. It is effective in pairing fearful situations with a state of safety and calmness and hence reducing phobic reactions. Clinical Hypnosis can facilitate guided imagery where you can see yourself as you wish to be. Your brain cannot tell the difference between imaginal exposure and real exposure & so develops an expectation of positive coping. Clinical Hypnosis is a powerful bottom-up technique for encouraging feelings of stability and safety.

GRIEF & LOSS

Jocelyn recognises how deeply we attach to significant others as mammals and how deeply we grieve loss. She integrates Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) with Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) to encourage progress through the STAGES OF GRIEF.  Elizabeth Kubler-Ross identified five stages of grief: Denial of the loss, Anger, Bargaining, Depression & Acceptance of the situation & being ready to move forward.

Loss of the family through divorce or loss of attachment figures in childhood and adolescence is traumatic & may be associated with unresolved loss. The trauma needs to be reprocessed to re-integrate feelings & thoughts. Imaginal techniques from Schema Therapy and Clinical Hypnosis can be effective in resolving the loss.

After a disabling injury or getting a diagnosis of a chronic illness such as Multiple Schlerosis, it is normal to experience the grieving process.  Jocelyn can assist you to grieve for your old way of life in order to adjust to the new way of life (including the new way of life under the threat of the Covid19 virus).

CHRONIC PAIN

Jocelyn worked on a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team for 3 years. She works effectively with chronic pain & other chronic medical conditions. Medical intervention often cannot resolve chronic conditions including chronic pain. Expanded CBT has proven efficacy as complementary to medical intervention & physical rehabilitation programs. Treatment targets include pain catastrophising & fear of pain & pain acceptance. CBT integrated with mindfulness meditation encourages radical acceptance of pain. This reduces pain catastrophising and fear of pain & encourages a gradual increase in activity & redirection of attention to planned pleasurable events. Clinical Hypnosis can reduce chronic pain through imaginal techniques. Jocelyn also provides training in Mindfulness Meditation including Cognitive Defusion techniques to enable you to separate yourself from your pain. Current research demonstrates that the daily practice of Mindfulness Meditation reduces symptoms of chronic pain and associated inflammatory conditions.

CHRONIC MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Jocelyn worked on a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team for 3 years. She works effectively combining CBT and IPT to enhance adjustment to chronic pain & other chronic medical conditions including Tinnitus, Multiple Schlerosis (MS) & Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and also adjustment to chronic injury. Jocelyn also provides training in Mindfulness Meditation to enhance awareness of unhelpful thinking obstructing adjustment and redirect attention to adaptive thinking. Victor Frankl wisely commented that “The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstance, to choose one’s own way”. Current research demonstrates that daily practice of Mindfulness Meditation reduces symptoms of MS, RA and other inflammatory conditions.

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