If you need to talk, then I am here to listen
Whether you have a diagnosed illness and you have been referred by a GP, psychiatrist or another professional, or whether you have a serious, long-term difficulty that you wish to work on, or whether you simply want to concentrate on self-development, get to know yourself better, and fulfil your potential, I am here to help you.
Therapy is multi-dimensional, just as people are. As an integrative practitioner, I am engaging, insightful, curious, respectful, and able to design an individualised treatment programme that will suit your needs, time constraints and pocket. Whether I work with you short-term, or whether it is a longer, ongoing type of therapy, I will work to support you, discuss and understand your difficulties, and explore different ways of resolving the things that are taking up space in your mind or causing you distress.
Therapy is very much a dialogue between client and therapist. It’s one where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, emotions and experiences within the context of a non-judgemental, confidential, professional and collaborative relationship.
The focus is to work on your current difficulties against a background of both your current environment, and the way in which your life and ways of thinking have been shaped by your previous experiences – from childhood through to adulthood – as these serve as a blueprint for how you live your day to day live.
Our previous relationships also shape the way we interact with people on a daily basis, and will inform how we learn to make and maintain all kinds of relationships – those with friends, colleagues and family. Through therapy, you will see patterns of behaviour and thinking emerge, and you will gain insight and understanding as to how those came about. From there, we work collaboratively to bring about self-awareness, alleviation of the things that have been dominating your thinking and behaviour, resolution, change, and encourage new, stronger coping strategies and more insightful and constructive ways of living your life.
How I work with you
I work integratively, which means that I combine ways of working from different theoretical approaches and schools of thought in order to best meet a client’s changing needs as we progress together through therapy. I will always work with you, as a client, according to what best meets your needs at a given time, rather than working to make someone fit to a particular theory or way of working. I offer short and long term therapy, working either towards specific goals and objectives or in a more open and exploratory way, or through a combination of both approaches.
Most people come to therapy to feel better right now. For some people this means exploring the past and the pathways that have brought us to here, for others this means working very much in the present or towards future oriented goals. We will discuss this together, both in an initial assessment and in our ongoing sessions, to ensure that therapy continues on track and is working for you.