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.
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist which means I am trained in, and I draw on, a range of approaches to psychotherapy and counselling. 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 that:
We will meet at the same time each week for 50 minutes (except for agreed upon holidays), for a fixed term or open ended basis
In our sessions we’ll probably 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 am interested in how you see things and I see you as the expert in your experience, sessions are typically led by you, you can talk about whatever you like
I believe change comes about in many ways, sometimes through specific problem solving strategies, at other times through expressing and “working through” difficult feelings
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; regardless of sexuality, gender identity, race, religion, age, body size or ability.