My name is Selma Yanik and I am a German Board Psychotherapist specialized in CBT and EMDR. I am working with Children and Adults at my practice in the beautiful West End of Aberdeen.
We’re all experiencing uncertainties and worries during the pandemic and have to minimise social contact. This situation can lead to an increasing number of symptoms and mental health conditions in children and adults. I would like to help you during this difficult time via Zoom or In-Person (Social Distancing at all times) sessions.
Children with developmental problems such as Social, Motor, Cognitive, Emotional, Behavioural and Speech delays are at greater risk to suffer from mental health conditions such as anxieties, oppositional behaviour or depressions. AUTISM SPECTRUM CONDITION (ASC/ASD) for example can cause significant social, communication and behavioural challenges and is often diagnosed in adolescents when symptoms become more obvious. It is important to monitor and identify developmental concerns at an early age so caregivers and professionals can support the child holistically. Different therapeutic interventions like Behavioural Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy are effective in helping children catch up to their peers. Arrange an initial appointment in which we can discuss your worries, and appropriate interventions.
CBT assumes that every behaviour can be learned, maintained and unlearned again according to the same principles. Behaviour is not only understood to be the externally visible activity of the person but also the internal processes such as feelings, thinking and physical processes. Dealing with the environment requires numerous learning and adaptation efforts. We feel comfortable when we can react flexibly to these psychological and physical demands and take appropriate account of our needs.
If one's abilities are insufficient to meet critical needs such as social security, satisfying relationships or a self-determined lifestyle, or if external circumstances prevent this, well-being is impaired. The consequences include mental and physical illnesses. The effect of CBT is to initiate learning processes in and outside of treatment, changing automatic behaviour/thoughts, physical and emotional responses, which stands in the way of their well-being.
I use Virtual-Exposure-Therapy which is based on the very similar rationale of in vivo exposure therapy; however, in VR exposure, phobic stimuli are presented to the patient in VR. Using state of the art C2Care therapeutic application and Oculus Quest headset clients have the opportunity to fully immerse into different environments in seconds without any inconvenience which allows them to tackle their anxieties, addictions, body image problems, restless mind and more.
At first glance, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), also known as Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) appears to approach psychological issues in an unusual way. It does not rely on talk therapy or medications. Instead, EMDR uses a natural function of the body, Rapid Eye Movement (REM), as its basis and Dr Francine Shapiro, the founder of EMDR, found that just three 90-minute sessions could alleviate symptoms of PTSD in more than 77% of the patients she treated.
The human mind uses REM during sleep time to help it process daily emotional experiences and when trauma is extreme, this process breaks down and REM sleep doesn’t bring the usual relief from distress. The EMDR process is thought to produce an advanced stage of REM processing. A resolution of the issue can be achieved by targeting any triggers in the Past, Present and the Future by noticing the emotional, mental and physical disturbances and helping the client process it by increasing positive Self-Beliefs. EMDR was initially used to treat trauma, but it is now used to treat a variety of mental health conditions. The goal is to change traumatic incidents or future worries into neutral ones without any emotional charge. Mindfulness and Meditation techniques during EMDR therapy help build tolerance, increase ego strength, clarify targets and finally process traumatic incidents. EMDR practitioners often suggest keeping a daily journal that tracks your progress and the relaxation techniques you learn.
For successful teamwork, the following contributions are crucial:
Participating in sessions, sufficient motivation, and willing to make change happen.
Make an appointment for an initial session in which we can discuss your worries and further steps together.
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.