People seek therapy for any number of reasons. It may be a long-standing issue you have struggled with, or you may be at a crossroads in your life. Perhaps you feel depressed, anxious, stressed or ‘stuck’ in life. You may be suffering the impacts of loss, trauma or abuse, experiencing relationship difficulties, or perhaps you are seeking more fulfilment in life. It may be a specific issue or goal, or perhaps a more general 'feeling' that might not make much sense to you. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ – everybody is different and has different needs and wants. Your reasons and your therapy journey will be personal to you. Whatever your reasons for seeking psychotherapy, it can be a life changing experience.
As a person-centred therapist, I believe that we each have the inherent potential to change, grow and heal throughout our lives, when we are offered the right support at the right time. Trying to work through our difficulties alone can feel overwhelming. It might be that the right kind of support is not there for you, or that you don’t want to burden your family or loved ones. Even when we have family and friends around us with the best intentions, we can still experience an overwhelming sense of isolation, and feel ‘stuck’ or in pain. Therapy offers you a safe and non-judgmental space to work things through at a pace that is right for you, with someone not entwined in your life.
At the heart of my practice is the development of a warm and genuine relationship with you based on trust, mutual respect, acceptance and compassion. Together we can explore the issues that are important to you, at a pace that is right for you. Feeling heard, understood, valued and accompanied can be very powerful, helping us hear and understand ourselves in new ways, process difficult feelings, and discover better and more fulfilling ways of living and coping.
My approach is both professional and also very personal. I work to meet you where you are at, by being fully present, open and receptive to you and your inner world. My aim is to respond with flexibility and sensitivity to your unique needs and wants. I respect and trust you as the expert in your life. I hope to accompany and support you to explore and make sense of your experience, and discover your unique path towards growth, change and healing.
I have supported a broad range of people to work through the issues that are important to them. Themes have included anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse (both current and historical), addiction, bullying, self-harm, loss, relationship difficulties, eating issues, suicidal ideation, neurodiversity, perfectionism, among many others.
Some have discovered what they needed in terms of solutions or some relief in a few sessions. For others the work has been longer term and more in-depth, encompassing changes to their sense of self, their identity and how they may relate to themselves, others and the world.
I appreciate that considering therapy can feel like a big and daunting step. Finding the therapist that 'fits' for you is important. The right therapist will help you feel safe, understood and not judged; someone you feel you can begin to open up to and trust. I offer a free initial appointment, which is a good way for you to meet me and get a sense of what working together may feel like. We can talk about your needs, wants and goals and discuss how we might work together, before you decide if what I offer as a therapist sounds helpful to you. If you are looking for something different to what I can offer, I won’t feel offended, and am happy to discuss referrals with you, if that is helpful.
Hello and welcome to my profile, my name is Polly. I am a fully qualified, UKCP registered and professionally insured Person-Centred and Experiential (PCE) Psychotherapist and Counsellor. I offer individual counselling and psychotherapy to adults and young people (aged 16 years and over), in a warm, comfortable and private environment.
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.