You may wish to seek counselling at times of struggle, feeling sad or stuck or because you have adverse experiences that you carry from your past. You may also want to gain more insight into yourself, your feelings and your relationships which you may use to grow yourself or your relationships.
People can experience difficulties in life and these difficulties may persist causing unhappiness at home, at work and in relationships. This may be because these difficulties are stirring up feelings from past experiences or relationships of which the person is not consciously aware of. Psychotherapy enables one to explore and understand themselves and the way one relates to others. Once unconscious processes and well-established behavioural patterns are brought to the fore, it is easier for people to overcome their difficulties.
How does psychotherapy work?
Psychotherapy offers a safe and trusted space which you can use to reflect on feelings and behaviours. The only rule in psychotherapy is to say whatever is foremost on your mind. This can be a combination of your feelings, thoughts, memories, experiences and dreams.
As the relationship with the therapist develops you may discover new insights and more appropriate ways of self-regulating your emotions and managing your behaviours.
Sessions are regular and frequent so as to give as much continuity and support as possible.
My approach to psychotherapy
I am an integrative psychotherapist with a focus on psychodynamic modalities. This means that I am mostly informed by a contemporary approach to psychoanalysis, which takes the both conscious and unconscious mind into consideration. I also draw from a number of different psychotherapeutic approaches such as existential person-centred and intercultural therapy. I believe that feelings are our compass and focusing on feelings to guide us through the therapeutic landscape often leads to discoveries of insight.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I abide by their respective professional code of ethics and practice.
How I work
I offer short term (a minimum of 12 weeks) and long term (open ended) therapy. Once you decide to start psychotherapy, we will have an initial 50-minute session during which you can tell me about yourself and what you would like achieve in therapy. It also gives me an opportunity to tell you more about myself and how I work. You can ask any questions you may have on psychotherapy therapy in the initial session.
If you decide to move forward with therapy, we will agree a regular day and time each week for our sessions for 50 minutes.
It is also useful to keep in mind that short-term work is by its nature different to long-term work. We may be limited in what we can achieve in a short period of time and therefore it may be unrealistic to expect quick-fix solutions to life’s problems. It is a mutual process which requires commitment and work from both client and therapist and progress often takes time.