I will work alongside you, at your pace, to explore issues of concern to you. I hold respect for you and your values, beliefs, uniqueness and right to self-determination. I am passionate about helping you to express your own inner qualities, optimally and creatively. I will listen closely and reflect back to you what I have heard, so you can come to develop a different understanding of yourself. Over time, the non-judgemental and accepting nature of therapy makes it possible to face painful experiences and unknown parts of yourself. The therapeutic relationship can take you beyond where you can go by yourself.
How can therapy help?
Therapy can help you cope with life’s challenges such as the current Coronavirus crisis, relationship difficulties, grief, anxiety, as well as life transitions such as adolescence, midlife or retirement. Our work together can bring about a reduction in distress from facing such challenges and can improve wellbeing. I can assist you with problem-solving, creating goals for change, and developing resources to create a more meaningful life.
Therapy can also bring about changes in the personality or self. Perhaps you have noticed that the nature of our personal difficulties often repeat themselves in different contexts and relationships. Therapy can help you achieve a better understanding of yourself so that you can change long-standing patterns of behaviour that may disrupt your relationships, work and study.
What actually happens in therapy?
Therapy offers a space where you can be yourself and be fully listened to in a way that may be different from what you have experienced before. Having the freedom to talk about confusing thoughts and feelings will eventually allow you to understand yourself better.
I listen carefully to how you feel and, in particular, pay attention to subtle emotional changes. I then reflect this back to you so that your situation becomes less opaque, and you may see yourself and your situation more clearly. I really listen to your experience, and I encourage you to talk about anything that comes to your mind. This can be difficult at first; we may think our problems are insignificant or worry what we say will be inappropriate. However, in therapy, it is beneficial to say whatever comes to mind. Often what seems initially trivial and unimportant is actually the key to something very important. It takes a while to get used to this approach before you genuinely believe that what you have to say will be accepted.
The quality of our relationship is crucial, and I aim to be supportive, trustworthy, reliable and predictable. I believe that it is important that we create a space where it is safe for you to express yourself. I will treat what you say with respect and will ensure confidentiality. I do not think I know all the answers. I am interested in working together to support your own exploration of what is best for you. I draw on a wide range of therapeutic interventions, including Person-Centred Counselling, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and The Conversational Model. I am highly skilled in working across the spectrum of life difficulties. I work with current problems, crises, and longer-term challenges. I can provide both short and long-term services according to people’s needs.
COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY PERSON CENTRED APPROACH ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY MINDFULNESS
Areas of Focus
ANXIETY DEPRESSION TRAUMA GRIEF AND LOSS LIFE TRANSITIONS AND CHANGE