Kamia Harris has extensive professional expertise in counseling, assessment, mental health intervention, critical incident support/psychological first aid, organisational training as well as advisory and research roles.
Her research is focused on issues such as adjustment, stress, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship development and personal growth. Furthermore, she has an intense interest in neuroscience and neuroplasticity research as well as mindfulness-based techniques.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy for mental health conditions that can be effective. It helps individuals recognize and challenge thoughts that cause them to feel bad about themselves or others, then alter those habits of thought in order to improve their feelings and behaviors.
Therapy typically lasts five to 20 sessions and can be highly beneficial for individuals suffering from various mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety disorders, alcohol/drug use issues, marital difficulties, eating disorders or severe mental illness.
CBT can have numerous benefits, such as improved moods, fewer unwanted thoughts and behaviors, and an boosted sense of self-worth. It may also assist with stress, chronic pain, and phobias.
Psychodynamic therapy is a type of mental health treatment that encourages clients to explore their emotions, thoughts and early life experiences. Additionally, it can assist clients in developing healthy coping skills to overcome negative feelings or beliefs.
Psychodynamic therapy differs from other forms of therapy in that it focuses on relationships rather than specific behaviors or situations. This more comprehensive approach has proven successful at treating depression and other mental health conditions.
It can also be effective for dealing with trauma, such as past abuse and neglect. By understanding the underlying cause of your symptoms, you will be better equipped to address them directly and more efficiently.
Psychodynamic therapy comes in many forms, each tailored to a different client and situation. Some are more intensive and long-term than others; Freud’s psychoanalytic therapy was practiced for months or years while contemporary psychodynamic therapy is less intense and can last for shorter periods of time.
EMDR therapy is widely used for treating trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It has also proven helpful when other treatments, such as talk therapy and medication, are ineffective or cause unwanted side effects.
The Eye Movement Therapy (EMDR) approach employs eye movements and sounds to safely process trauma, altering how your brain stores information – this is known as adaptive information processing.
Begin by identifying the difficult memory that you wish to work on. Next, consider any related thoughts, feelings or body sensations.
Your therapist then guides you through a series of bilateral stimulation sessions, which may involve eye movements, tapping, or tones.
The therapist helps you reprocess your trauma memory with positive beliefs and images to alter how you think about it, lessening its emotional impact and giving you a feeling of power and control over the situation. Eventually, the goal is to let go of all painful memories permanently.
Hypnotherapy is an age-old form of therapy that utilizes hypnosis to assist in the resolution of physical and mental health problems. It has long been used to address conditions like pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia and smoking cessation.
Dr Harris recommends that therapists guide you into deep relaxation and focus on the issue at hand, using imagery to encourage desired changes. This stage should put you in an emotionally open state so you are more receptive to suggestions made during therapy sessions.
Dr. Siegel suggests that when in this relaxed state, your hypnotherapist can suggest changes to perception, sensation, emotions, memory, thought or behavior that will lead to a positive outcome. These adjustments may be symptom-focused (for instance, to cure pain) or exploratory in nature (to understand how symptoms originated).
Clinical hypnotherapy is becoming more and more popular as a treatment for various conditions, often in conjunction with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). A recent study revealed that hypnotherapy could be just as successful at treating depression as CBT, the standard treatment for the disorder.