My aim is to offer you a safe and non-judgemental space in which to explore your concerns. The aim of therapy is to help you gain a deeper understanding of the difficulties you are facing, and to facilitate the development of different perspectives, freeing up possibility for change.
I use evidence-based practice to inform my work, and use an integrative approach of psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural models of therapy to address different psychological issues.
What should I expect in sessions?
The aim of my therapeutic approach is to work with someone to increase their self-awareness and facilitate change through understanding, then helping a client to develop different methods of managing their emotions. I work with clients collaboratively to identify common themes which run through their lives, which may underpin a person’s experience of depression, anxiety and other emotional difficulties.
Whilst exploration and understanding of earlier life experience is important to get a good understanding of a current issue, an emphasis is placed in the present, as it is this that one often wishes to change. This may include trying new ways of being in the here-and-now, alongside an understanding of why certain behaviours or ways of relating to others have served a person well in some ways, but become inhibiting in another.
Specialising in Depression, Anxiety and Perinatal Issues
Having worked as a Counselling Psychologist within NHS primary and secondary care services, I have extensive experience of working with depression and anxiety in the general population, as well as specialist experience of working in a Perinatal Mental Health Team (antenatal and postnatal).
Emotional distress comes in all shapes and sizes and are unique to each person, but are difficulties shared by many people. Your experience of low mood and worry tells us that something needs attending to. Mental health problems can be truly debilitating, to the extent that it might be difficult to get out of bed or socialise with others, or simply making it hard to enjoy life. This is often not immediately obvious, and when someone feels stuck, this is when they might choose to seek help.
It might be that you feel lacking in confidence, low in self-esteem, anxious or irritable around other people. You might have difficulty getting on with others or waking up in the morning feeling demotivated about your life. Sometimes depression can cause suicidal thoughts or the tendency to self-harm, both of which can be understood and helped in therapy.