My experience of working in this field is diverse. I see clients in private practice as well as for the NHS. I work with people presenting with a complex history of trauma who hold very disempowering beliefs about life and themselves as well as people who experience less disabling forms of mental distress and yet might be going through a breakdown of some kind. People who find themselves stuck, lost meaning in their life, struggle with relationships, misplaced a sense of who they are.
Each one of us has got a collection of fears, anxieties and vulnerabilities collected since birth. We deploy any possible resource to defend against or ignore them. Psychotherapy offers a safe space where it is possible to take a closer look at them and the ways in which they have us stuck. In my experience this process offers an opening towards becoming less invested in them, more authentic and more comfortable with tolerating the uncertainties of life.
Psychotherapy has offered me the opportunity to profoundly alter the experience I have of myself by gradually becoming aware of the extent to which I had locked my vulnerability away and let my fear of it build a narrow realm around me. The work involved in psychotherapy offers the foundation for an expansion of our ways of being in life. If listened to and supported appropriately, psychological and mental health difficulties can be deeply transformative.