How I Work...
I offer brief solution-focused counselling and longer term open-ended psychotherapy for adults and young people 16+.
I work with a wide range of issues such as: relationship issues, anger, anxiety, depression, bereavement, low self-esteem, work-related problems, as well as the many other issues which may be impacting your quality of life and emotional wellbeing. At times life can be difficult, perplexing and lacking a sense of purpose and direction. Therapy can provide an opportunity to confidentially discuss feelings, thoughts and experiences in a way that might not otherwise be possible and can also be a resource to expand your self-awareness by going deeper into these areas.
My approach is mainly psychodynamic and I also draw on cognitive- behavioural and systemic models of therapy depending on individual needs. Psychodynamic therapy looks not only at problems in the present but, crucially, at the roots of these problems in the past. I take a relational approach which means that careful understanding of the therapeutic relationship helps to identify how emotional patterns from early in a person’s life may repeat themselves in later life in a damaging way. Coming to understand this by working in a collaborative way with clients enables change to take place.
I aim to create a safe and containing space where issues and problems, sometimes painful and deeply buried, can be given a chance to be explored and faced. By uncovering and acknowledging these issues it is often possible to make clearer and more realistic decisions about your life.
After initial contact (by telephone or email) we agree to meet for a first assessment session which gives you the chance to see if you could feel comfortable with me and with my approach to therapy. It is also an opportunity for me to consider what help you may need and whether I am able to offer that help. If at the end of the session we are both happy to continue, we can arrange further sessions, or you can take some time to think about it before coming to a decision.