Romina Scaramagli Accredited CBT and EMDR Psychotherapist

About Me - I am an accredited psychotherapist in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner with The EMDR Association. I have over 20 years experience working in mental health in the NHS, first as a mental health nurse, then a psychotherapist.

Therapies I Offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT is a well researched, evidence based, talking therapy.

In CBT we are particularly interested in thoughts (cognitions), feelings and behaviours and believe the way we are thinking impacts on how we are feeling and behaving. We can get trapped in vicious cycles of unhelpful thoughts and behaviours which then impact how we are feeling.

CBT helps you identify these cycles, evaluate them and explore if there are alternative more helpful perspectives and behaviours. It is a myth that CBT is just about positive thinking. One of the aims of CBT is to help people become their own therapist. CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for numerous mental health difficulties.

For more information on CBT please have a look at the BABCP website – https://www.babcp.com/Public/What-is-CBT.aspx

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy - EMDR is also a well researched, evidence based and recommended treatment by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Although it is most well known for treating PTSD, EMDR can also help with a range of mental health difficulties including traumas, OCD, anxiety, phobias and depression, that have been triggered by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic or distressing event.

When we experience a traumatic event, our brain can struggle to process the experience in the same way that we process everyday memories. As a result the memory can feel stuck, causing flashbacks and re-experiencing images, sounds, feelings and sensations from the event. All of this can cause a person to feel extremely distressed, anxious and depressed.

EMDR uses eye movements to help stimulate the left and right sides of the brain. This helps to process the traumatic memory so it no longer feels current or recent and fades into the background which can then allow a person to move on with their lives. For more information on EMDR please have a look at the EMDR Association website – https://emdrassociation.org.uk

Compassion Focused Therapy - CFT was developed to help with mental health difficulties that are particularly affected and maintained by self criticism, self blame and feelings of shame and guilt. CFT incorporates aspects of CBT and mindfulness as well as evolutionary, developmental and social psychology.

For more information on CFT please have a look at the Compassionate Mind Foundation website – https://www.compassionatemind.co.uk/about

My Approach Given the right set of circumstances any of us could experience mental health difficulties. Life can be joyful, but at times can be incredibly stressful. We can experience traumas and adverse life events which can significantly impact our mental health and lives. There are so many factors that can influence how we are thinking, feeling and behaving, causing us to feel unwell and overwhelmed & in need of help and support.

At these times, having a safe therapeutic space in which to start to understand how we are thinking, feeling and behaving can help us to start to make changes and move forward. In therapy you can learn new skills and ways of understanding yourself that can help you to feel more stable and in control of your mental health and life.

Difficulties I Can Help With

Anxiety

Agoraphobia (fear of going out)

Panic Attacks

Health Anxiety

Social Anxiety

Generalised Anxiety (excessive worry)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder OCD

Phobias

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD

Impact of trauma or adverse life events

Depression

Low mood

Low self-esteem

Difficulty coping with and managing emotions

Stress

Problems with assertiveness

Lack of confidence

Work related stress

Impact of bullying

Eating Disorders

For more information please have a look at my website and contact me to arrange a free phone call to have a chat to see if we both think I might be an appropriate therapist to offer you an assessment and answer any questions.

Contact Details Romina Scaramagli

Atlantic CBT & EMDR

Website: www.atlanticcbtandemdr.co.uk

Copyright: Romina Scaramagli - Atlantic CBT & EMDR 2022

+07707 876 440