Lucie is a highly skilled and experienced Psychotherapist, Chartered Counselling Psychologist and Clinical hypnotherapist based in Hertfordshire. She has spent many years studying and working in the field of Psychology, and her expertise covers a range of mental health and emotional wellbeing issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, PTSD and more.
Her qualifications include training as a Speech Pathologist and working with children with diagnoses of autism spectrum as well as adults with mental health and learning difficulties. She then retrained as a Psychologist and Psychotherapist in the USA as well as the University of Surrey and the University of Wolverhampton in England where she gained membership of the BPS and the HCPC.
Lucie has worked as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at De Montford University, as a specialist clinical tutor at Birmingham University, and as a child developmental researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. She is the author and co-author of several papers and books in the area of Communication and Child development as well as being co-author of Working With Pragmatics-a best selling text book for students, teachers and parents wanting to help children and adults with social communication challenges.
Lucie uses an integrative approach to therapy, addressing the underlying causes of emotional distress and helping individuals to develop healthy coping mechanisms. She utilizes various techniques including hypnosis and visualization to help individuals reframe their narrative and transform their lives for the better. She also uses two Memory Reconsolidation Methods (Paul Ecker et al, 2012 ): Eye Movement Desentisitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Internal Family Systems (IFS). These approaches both enable the client to work with their own inner ‘stories’ for deep transformation. Memory reconsolidation is a process where memories that have already been formed are ‘destabilized’, and new information can be integrated into them, allowing for changes in the memory’s emotional valence or content. This process offers a window of opportunity for therapeutic interventions to alter maladaptive memories, leading to positive behavioural changes.
Recent research has shown that memory reconsolidation has implications for the treatment of disorders such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, and more.