I am a psychotherapist specialising in Transactional Analysis though I incorporate tools from other modalities including working with metaphor and dreams.
My approach is relational, which means that what emerges in the relationship between client and therapist is important to the therapeutic journey and outcome. I have specialised as a psychotherapist in Transactional Analysis which informs how I work and think. However, I use other techniques such as dream analysis, mindfulness, and theories from other modalities in therapy to help clients understand themselves, their internal and external worlds, including relationships, better.
I am warm, empathic, approachable and non-judgemental. I work with each client as an individual and seek to understand each person as such and draw on my training, as well as my life experiences to support this.
I will challenge where appropriate and believe in clients' capacity to change, grow and actualise their potential. At times this might feel uncomfortable / frustrating / worrying as clients begin to question their frame of reference or the way they live their lives and start to make changes.
I listen to each individual regarding the pace of the work and am responsive in my approach to support individual growth and understanding of self.
People come to counselling and psychotherapy for lots of different reasons. Clients have said that talking to someone objective, outside their daily lives, helps to make greater sense of problems they're facing. Others have said just talking is a relief, and they feel the benefits of having a place to bring thoughts and feelings they don't feel comfortable talking about elsewhere. It is a private space to bring whatever is important for you.
My role is to help you understand the meaning and value of what you bring with empathy, non-judgement, validation, and challenge where appropriate. As well as helping you build awareness about unhelpful patterns and realise that you have the skills within you to make the changes you want. The direction and length of therapy will be for us to work out together, I am guided by what you want and need.
I have extensive experience working with a wide range of issues including (though not limited to) alcohol and substance misuse issues including working with couples on this issue, long term health conditions, anxiety, depression, change, loss and bereavement, relationship issues including affairs, betrayal, arguments and repeating patterns, childhood issues, abuse, difficulties in managing strong feelings including anger or grief, stress, and issues around identity.
I have experience working with individuals for the short, medium and long-term.
Testimonial: Gemma: “I have been having therapy with Pippa Fairhead for the last year. She brings a wealth of insight and experience which has been and continues to be immensely helpful. In therapy, it’s the careful unpicking of life experiences and the attention to detail which are crucial to understanding the past in terms of the present. Pippa has illuminated so many apparently small things which all add up to why I behave and feel the way I do. Added to this, she has a very warm and welcoming presence which makes it easy to engage with her.”
I am an academic lecturer and primary tutor at Metanoia Institute and a UKCP registered psychotherapist (CTA) and supervisor with PTSTA (P) qualification.
If you'd like to discuss counselling, psychotherapy or supervision, please email or phone me on 07817 510 943.
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.