I’ve been in private practice in Liverpool for 30 years, before this working in therapeutic communities of various kinds and eventually running a drug rehabilitation community. During this time I’ve gathered extensive experience with a wide range of problems, anything from full blown life crisis down to minor phobias. However I don’t so much treat these presenting symptoms as their underlying causes which are unique to each person. I work with individuals, couples and sometimes groups. The work can be either short or long term.
There are many schools of Psychotherapy and Counselling. Hypno Psychotherapy (please note this is not hypnotherapy) is a very open and innovative approach, including and integrating many therapeutic perspectives. This means I’m not tied to one approach exclusively and my way of working can be more easily tailored to your unique needs, rather than you having to fit into my way of working. We’re both free to grow and evolve as we need. Psychotherapy and counselling are essentially about talking things through, finding new perspectives, uncovering hidden motivations, then coming to terms with it all and moving on. Much of what needs to be explored emerges naturally through the skillful conversation which is therapy, but the process can get stuck. This is where hypno psychotherapy proves itself most useful. Given both parties are comfortable with it the work can move to a deeper level using trance states. Trance states, as I use them involve simply closing your eyes and moving your attention inwards to a kind of daydream state. This simple shift of focus inwards opens up a more effective exploration of, and communication with, the unconscious mind making change easier deeper and more natural.
My approach is hard to define, not fitting into any of the convenient professional categories; but it is respectful, open, innovative, inclusive, organic, integrative and largely a matter of common sense. It's still very much evolving. Psychotherapy as a profession being still very much in it's infancy.