Gaining perspective and finding peace can be hard when you go it alone, but you don’t have to.
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy will provide a safe environment for you to share your thoughts and concerns, and work towards helping you manage challenging emotional patterns and habits in more depth. Focusing on how your emotions and behaviour might be impacted by experiences you encountered growing up – as a child or young adult. This offers you some insight into how these experiences have shaped who you are today.
I place emphasis on creating a space for you to feel comfortable to recognise and share your difficult emotions and experiences, in order that they can be fully processed, and ultimately, released. For this reason, psychotherapy is once a week and generally a more long-term process (6 months to several years), allowing you the time and space to fully open-up.
Whilst counselling is more focused on helping you with symptoms (anxiety, stress, difficulties sleeping etc.), psychotherapy also deals with mental health conditions that have developed over a longer period of time such as depression, anxiety, OCD and PTSD.
Frequently asked questions
How long will therapy/counselling last?
At least six to eight sessions. Some people come to therapy to explore issues that run a little deeper and might engage in therapy for several months or even years.
Recent research indicates that on average 15 to 20 sessions are required for 50 percent of clients as indicated by self-reported symptom measures.
At our first session we will agree an initial time frame and review that as our work proceeds.
How long does each session last?
Our sessions last 50 minutes. We will start and end at the same time, on the same day each week (unless otherwise agreed).
How much does it cost?
Please contact me to discuss pricing.
I can receive payment by card, cash or cheque on the day, and you can block-book and pay a few weeks in advance.
Can therapy make things feel worse?
Some people do report feeling worse before they feel better. For a lot of people, the root of the issues they are bringing to therapy are somewhat out of their awareness, in order to improve things those issues may become more conscious and you may feel worse.
As with our physical self, if we cannot feel the pain of an injury we may not take action to heal it, so with emotional issues, if we cannot feel it we cannot help it to get better and it will affect our behaviour, relationships and choices.
My approach is Integrative, which means I draw from a few modalities to bring a broad range of understanding to aspects of your life which may be causing you issues.
My theoretical integration draws from Gestalt therapy, Psychodynamic and Transactional Analysis.
I work creatively with talking therapies, sessions may include therapeutic writing, mindfulness practices, meditation, visualisation or guided relaxation. Helping to build resilience, tolerance levels, and develop coping mechanisms to deal with anxiety, depression and stress.
My approach is humanist/existential, which means that I believe that people are born with the resources and ability to be in rewarding contact with other human beings and lead a satisfying and creative life. However, often during childhood and sometimes later, something interrupts this process and the person becomes stuck in fixed patterns and beliefs about themselves that get in the way.
The therapeutic process aims to investigate and uncover how these patterns are still active and affecting a person’s present life. I hope to assist you to find new and more creative ways to resolve the problem or crisis you are facing