Ahead Psychology is run by Dr Sally Bradley who is an experienced clinical psychologist who offers therapy to adults as individuals, families or groups, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness based interventions.
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS). Since qualifying in 2006 I have worked, and continue to work, in the NHS in both inpatient rehabilitation and specialist community adult mental health teams. As part of my role I am also involved in the training and supervision of others to doctoral level.
Psychologists work with people to explore and address their difficulties without prescribing medication, we offer someone who will listen and work alongside you to develop an understanding of your distress and difficulties. We are typically more directive in interventions than counsellors – I often describe myself as being like a personal trainer for the mind – I have the knowledge of theory and techniques and with your knowledge of you (and a little effort!) you can have a fitter and healthier mind!
Whilst working with adults with a range of difficulties, my extensive experience is working with clients diagnosed as having a psychosis or bipolar disorder; where people may experience unique sensations and have strong beliefs and emotions that others around them do not share. I have also received specialist training regarding working with people with issues with Substance Misuse. Psychology can help make sense of experiences and help you and your family to develop adaptive ways not just to cope and avoid relapse, but to live well alongside experiences. In sessions we work towards your own recovery; to reduce your distress and help you live the life you want.
Then check out ‘Passengers on a Bus’ on YouTube. This is a short clip designed to show what people experiencing mental health problems go through. It shows an individual as a bus driver, and their thoughts, experiences and memories as individual passengers. It explains the importance of learning to live with the negative, in order to move forward with the positive. You can also listen here to me talking you through a Mindfulness 3-minute breathing space exercise and introducing a habit releasing exercise.
Individual sessions, Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT) and Group interventions are offered from an evidence based CBT approach. I will work with you to collaboratively develop your own unique understanding of what causes you distress; its origins, current triggers, what maintains it and your strengths and resources to cope. CBT aims to explore unhelpful cycles in thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviours and identify practical ways to change these patterns to improve your state of mind. Working under the umbrella of CBT I specialise in using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT – pronounced ‘Act’). This is a mindfulness-based approach using metaphors and exercises alongside behavioural interventions guided by your own values. Mindfulness helps us to become more aware of the present; so that we can appreciate the things we take for granted. Mindfulness also helps us to gain perspective on our thoughts, to see them as thoughts and not facts, which frees us up to make more objective choices about what we want to do, rather than going along blindly (often round in circles) on autopilot.