TINNITUS RETRAINING THERAPY LONDON

We offer tinnitus retraining therapy in London Paddington and Hertfordshire.

Working with tinnitus needs a multi-dimensional approach. These might include medical, audiological, psychological and neurophysiological approaches. We use a psychological and somatic approach to tinnitus. Our psychological approach includes cognitive-behavioural therapy and psychotherapy. We also work with the body which includes Cranio-sacral therapy.  

We work in a collaborative way with Pindrop Hearing who can assist with audiological difficulties in relation to tinnitus.

Our tinnitus retraining therapy is underpinned by psychotherapeutic concepts which place an emphasis on developing inner resources for self-empowerment. Therefore treatment changes are effective and long lasting. 

What is Tinnitus Retraining Therapy?

Our tinnitus retraining therapy uses a number of key approaches to enable a person to reach the goal of tinnitus habituation. Tinnitus habituation allows tinnitus symptoms to fade into the background, stop completely or to become less intrusive and bothersome. Essentially you become desensitised to a tinnitus stimulus rather than responding negatively to it. 

Our tinnitus retraining approach considers the difficulty from a psychological, somatic and practical perspective. We use the following approaches to aid tinnitus habituation.

  • Psycho-education
  • Psychotherapy
  • EMDR resourcing
  • Sound therapy
  • Cognitive restructuring
  • Somatic relaxation
  • Practical help

What to expect from a Tinnitus Retraining Therapy session?

In the tradition of psychotherapy, our sessions take place in a safe environment on a one to one basis. Progress is made as part of a, strong stable therapeutic relationship. Sessions last for fifty minutes. Every session is different but works towards the goal of tinnitus habituation.  Sessions are focused on key areas of difficulty which might include body, mind and practical problems.

How long will Tinnitus Retraining therapy last?

Everybody is different with regard to making progress in relation to problematic tinnitus and attaining the goal of tinnitus habituation. Habituating to tinnitus takes practice. It is not a distant goal or a destination you arrive at one day in the future. You can habituate to tinnitus everyday in small ways before realising that tinnitus is no longer a problem. It could be likened to dipping a piece of linen into a dye. It might take several soakings to dye but eventually it will change colour.

Progress is dependent on the work someone puts in outside therapy sessions as much work put in during therapy sessions. If tinnitus is accompanied by difficulties in relation to trauma, stress, anxiety and depression, therapy lasts for longer. For example, if someone is experiencing tinnitus as a result of trauma we would spend several weeks helping to process the trauma prior to commencing tinnitus retraining therapy.

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