Counselling and Psychotherapy
These are just some of the concerns that we can address in therapy together:
- Relationship issues
- Feelings of depression
- Bereavement, and other forms of loss
- Anxiety, panic and fear (including phobias)
- Low self-esteem or low self-confidence
- Excessive anger, and anger management
- Dependence on alcohol or drugs
- Obsessive or compulsive behaviours that have become disruptive to daily life
- Assault or abuse, (including sexual assault or abuse), whether recent or in the past
- Trauma, and post traumatic stress
- Questioning your identity
Counselling and psychotherapy (often referred to simply as ‘therapy’) are about finding ways to understand our lives and relationships better, past and present, to move on from being stuck, or to confront and overcome obstacles in our lives. My task is to help you clarify and illuminate your concerns through honest and open dialogue and, if you wish, help you to change.
I practise as an integrative therapist. This means that in my work I use perspectives, knowledge and techniques from a number of therapeutic traditions. As well as being informed by psychoanalytic, humanistic, existential and cognitive-behavioural approaches to therapy, I also embrace techniques from more recently developed therapies such as EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. As and when a particular therapeutic approach or technique seems helpful, together we can discuss it, finding the best way forward to address your particular concerns.
Who comes to therapy?
There is no ‘typical’ client: mothers, students, husbands, executives, prisoners, artists, builders, professionals and unemployed people have come to me over the years. Anyone, no matter how well they are doing in life, may experience an unexpected crisis or a period of disruption. Others may have been living with an uncomfortable issue for a long time and decide now is the time to tackle it. Making the choice to engage actively in the therapeutic process can be a key factor in overcoming obstacles and moving towards a resolution. The crucial foundation to this process is finding a therapist with whom you can build a trusting, respectful and gently challenging relationship. Building and developing such relationships with my clients is my priority.