Therapy is a personal endeavour, and the type of therapy that may help, as well as the length of treatment, varies from one person to another.
Therefore, before agreeing to begin therapy, I recommend we meet for an initial consultation. This does not obligate you in any way, and can be quite useful on a stand-alone basis, as well as helping you decide whether further therapy is the right thing for you.
Therapy is a collaborative process and it is important for you to feel it is something you want to undertake. In the initial session I will give you sufficient time to tell me about what is troubling you. Following this we can make a decision together about whether to work together. If I feel a different service would be more appropriate, I will point you in the right direction.
If we agree to work together, we will meet at the same time each week for 50 minutes each time. This slot will be reserved for you until your therapy ends.
As therapy develops, you may see positive changes in other relationships in your life. You may find it easier to accept yourself and express your feelings, and feel more accepting of significant others. It may help you develop in new directions, and leave old ways of living behind.
Therapy can sometimes be challenging and can bring up difficult feelings. This is normal and are an important part of the work. This is why choosing an experienced and well-trained therapist is advisable as you will be with someone who understands how being in therapy can feel, and how to work effectively with these feelings.
It’s important that you feel able to talk freely in therapy. All content within sessions is strictly confidential.
I provide a safe and confidential space to talk about whatever is troubling you.
People come to therapy for all sorts of reasons and in different situations, and usually have a sense of being stuck with something they can no longer deal with without help. It might be a problem that has built up over time, or frustrating feelings that keep repeating. Either way, you find this is getting in the way of living your life.
Talking to a trained psychotherapist can help to break unhelpful patterns of thinking and aid greater understanding of oneself. I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy, which is an in-depth therapy aimed at understanding the feelings and beliefs that govern our lives, many of which have their origins in childhood. These feelings may have been helpful to us once as children, but they may hinder us living a full life as adults; resulting in problems relating to others, feeling bad about ourselves, or engaging in damaging behaviour such as addiction or self-harm.
This does not mean therapy will endlessly re-hash the past, but that we might have the origin of these problems in mind when thinking about how they are stopping you today.
Therapy can help with many different problems, such as those below, though this list is not exhaustive:
Self-image and self-esteem
Suicide and self-harm
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss further whether therapy can be of use to you.
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.