My interest in psychotherapy began in the 1980s when I undertook group and individual psychotherapy at a challenging and difficult time in my life. My experience of that process helped me to make important changes and to begin to feel very differently about myself. This is what ultimately led me into training to become a psychotherapist to provide what I hope will be a similar experience for others.
Some thirty plus years later I remain passionately convinced of the efficacy of psychotherapy to bring about change in people's lives, their relationships with themselves and their partners, their parents and children, siblings, friends and colleagues. In this way psychotherapy is also a political undertaking, an agent for change.
People who feel comfortable in their own skin, who are confident and self aware who can reflect and think effectively about what is going on in their lives, their families, their work places, their community and the wider world feel happier, are likely to be more involved, actively in charge of their lives, feel healthier physically and mentally , and generally feel more content and more able to experience joy and pleasure, as well as more able to deal with the difficult things life holds for all of us.
This has been my own experience and that of many of my clients over the years. It's not always an easy process, and requires courage and a real commitment to change, but the rewards can be life changing and life-long.