Simi Valecha JohnsonIntegrative psychotherapist
*As an online therapist, during the COVID-19 pandemic, I will continue to work exclusively online and offer a free 20 min initial consultation to all potential new clients.*
In a time of social distancing and self isolation, we may struggle with anxiety, loneliness, stress and many other difficulties that this unprecedented time may bring with it. These are challenging times for us all in so many ways and you may feel the need to reach out for some support.
I am an Integrative Arts Therapist accredited by the HCPC and have successfully worked with individuals and groups in Statutory and non Statutory Sector, Higher Education and private settings. I specialise in online therapy with adults and younger people transitioning into adulthood.
What about you?
There are many reasons that bring people to therapy. An ongoing issue or past history which is now becoming too difficult to manage. A sudden traumatic loss or incident which has affected you profoundly or perhaps overwhelming feelings which are now impacting areas of your life and relationships. Or generally feeling very stuck or lost in a cycle of negativity which you cannot find a way out of.
Whatever has brought you here, things are harder to manage and you want something to be different, to let go of what is causing you difficulties, and to improve and change your quality of life and relationships.
You may have a supportive network of family and friends, however, talking openly about more difficult things may be very hard to do for fear of burdening others or maybe being judged or worse, being misunderstood and told to just ‘get over it’.
Whatever it is, you do not need to deal with your difficult feelings alone and help is available.
How I work:
Psychotherapy provides a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to process your thoughts and feelings about particular areas in your life that may be distressing or causing you problems.
I believe that each person’s lived experience is unique. By developing a shared understanding of your experiences, therapy can help you to make sense of your feelings and recognise patterns and behaviours that have built up over time. This can enable you to see your difficulties and challenges in a more manageable way.
I work in an integrative therapeutic way which means that I believe one size does not fit all.
Your needs will be unique to you and I work to find suitably supportive interventions and enough appropriate challenge to help you along your path of self discovery, healing and change.
Sometimes words fail us and I may invite you to use the arts and metaphors and explore experimenting with imagery or imagination. These are proven to provide deeper insight and provide alternative perspectives and views, especially when it is hard to find the words for challenging feelings and material.
You might be thinking “The Arts? But I can’t draw”… That’s fine, you aren’t expected to. Do you watch movies, go to the theatre, listen to music and maybe even poetry? Then you engage with the arts in some way shape or form, and we may use some form of creativity to facilitate the therapeutic process if you so wish.
Right now, seeing a therapist face to face may be out of the question, however I've been working online long enough to know that distance does not need to be a barrier to getting effective therapeutic support.
Having sessions online from the comfort of your home can be the start of small steps on a path of potential great change. Through the process of this journey of self discovery, we can explore the origins of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and find ways forward in a co-created, non-directive way to help you live a life that you want and deserve.
I hope you stay safe during this pandemic and look forward to hearing from you to see if I'm the right therapist to help.
OnlineI provide my services online
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
Sessions are £75. I offer concessions if you are a student, unemployed or in part-time employment.
Training and qualifications
MA - Integrative Arts Psychotherapy