I have been practising as a psychotherapist for 25 years, including 13 years in the NHS. A graduate in philosophy and classics, I trained with the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute (GPTI) from 1989 - 1993, and became a UKCP registered psychotherapist in 1994.
Therapy is essentially an opportunity to come to terms with what is happening in our lives now, and what has happened in the past. By tuning into our true thoughts and feelings in a confidential space, we can reach a better understanding of ourselves, our families, and the present situation.
Without realising it, many of us lose touch with our true thoughts and feelings in adjusting to our childhood circumstances. Unable to be ourselves, we strive to be the person we think we ought to be. Not surprisingly, trying to be something we’re not makes us feel empty, restless, and cut off from our vitality. It can also lead to a wide range of distressing symptoms, and put a strain on our close relationships.
Letting our real thoughts and feelings surface in the presence of another person can be uncomfortable at first. However, it gradually has a liberating effect, both mentally and physically. It enables us to put troubling memories to rest and move on. It gives us more perspective, and a clear view of the actions we need to take in order to improve things. It enables us to interact with others more easily, and gives us the confidence to trust our own judgment rather than deferring to other people’s opinions. It reminds us to listen to our bodies.
Appointments last 60 minutes, and are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9.30 and 5pm. Initial consultations are free of charge.