People often find it hard to find a therapist because the variety of models and accrediting bodies can be confusing.

 

There are a wide range of approaches to therapy but broadly speaking the most reliable predictor of whether any therapy will be useful for someone is whether they feel an alliance with the therapist they are working with. It's worth looking around, exploring who and what feels right for you, and checking the credentials of possible therapists.

 

My Approach

I am an Integrative Psychotherapist which means I am trained in, and I draw on, a range of approaches to psychotherapy and counselling to best serve my clients. My approach draws on Psychodynamic and Humanistic therapies as well as mindfulness and CBT. My focus is on the centrality of relationships in our lives, including our relationships with ourselves, with other people, and with the cultures and systems we are part of.

 

The way I work is dependent upon the client I am working with and what is required moment to moment. Key influences include humanistic and person centered approaches, psychodynamic, behavioural, existential and relational models. These models meet and diverge at various points.

In practice this means:

  • In our sessions we’ll spend some time talking about how your past relationships and attachments have shaped how you are today and the choices you feel are available to you

  • I see you as the expert in your experience, sessions are typically led by whatever feels most significant for you

  • Change comes about in many ways, sometimes through specific problem solving strategies, at other times through coming to terms with, expressing and working through difficult feelings 

  • We will meet at the same time each week for 50 minutes 

  • You can speak to me in confidence, I will be honest, upfront and committed to our work

  • You will need to be curious and willing to be open to new experience

 

 

Who I work with

 

I work with a wide variety of people having all sorts of experiences. Issues I work with include: abuse, anxiety, bereavement and loss, depression, trauma, stress at home or in work, relationship breakdowns, questions around sexuality and gender, family difficulties, alcohol or substance misuse, finding purpose and more. If you are unsure whether I can work with you please ask.

 

I am committed to ensuring my practice is an inclusive and respectful space for all.

Getting started

After you've made contact with me we'll set up an introductory session where we'll explore what you are looking for, what's troubling you, your expectations and so on. This is an opportunity to see whether working together feels like a good fit for us both.

 

If we decide to go ahead we'll then agree on the terms for our working relationship, such as whether we'll work together for a fixed term or open ended period, when we'll review our progress, how we'll manage cancellations etc.