Your reason for seeking therapy is unique to you. It may be that you are suffering from anxiety, depression or unhealthy patterns of relating. The reason might be less obvious but ultimately what brings anyone to therapy is the sense that life feels difficult in some way. Whatever your struggle, I offer a clear, boundaried, therapeutic relationship which allows you the freedom you need to explore and work through difficult feelings and issues
Therapy is a deeply personal endeavour which offers opportunity for healing, self-discovery and growth. It can also evoke a range of emotions which are sometimes uncomfortable but can offer hope for a new beginning. My approach is one of support and challenge from which I aim to facilitate understanding and lasting change. Crucially, I bring to the process my own experience of healing through therapy; this enables me to be wholeheartedly beside you as you embark on yours.
The pace and duration of therapy varies depending on you and the issues you choose to bring. I offer both 'Counselling' and 'Psychotherapy'. Counselling is usually short-term with a focus on the specific issues where you have identified a desired outcome. Psychotherapy is similar to Counselling but with a focus on deeper issues such as how you feel about yourself and how you are in the world, where often the root lies in your childhood. Psychotherapy demands a deeper exploration of personality and established patterns of relating and behaviour; therefore, the work in usually longer-term.
As you begin your search, it may be helpful to know that whatever the skill set or experience of the therapist, there is overwhelming evidence to show that the key to good therapeutic outcome rests not only your desire for change but also in the quality of the therapeutic relationship that is, between you and I. Our relationship will have elements to it which reflect other, earlier relationships you have had in your life, enabling us to work through any unfinished 'relational' business. It is vital therefore that you are comfortable working with me and that we are able to build a good relationship based on mutual respect and trust. Our first meeting is an opportunity to get a sense of each other and how we might work together to bring about the changes you are hoping for.