Why counselling or psychotherapy? At difficult, challenging or particularly sad times in our lives we often turn to family or friends for support. However, sometimes those closest to us cannot help or we feel too ashamed to speak out or maybe we feel we might be a burden to those around. We might feel very alone with our problems. Sometimes we have been struggling with difficulties for so long it seems hopeless to try and make a change in our life.
Therapy can offer you the support and space to talk about what is going on and together try and make some sense of it all and to see a way through the difficulties. Often it is enough to have 4 -6 sessions in order to begin to gain some clarity and perspective on what is happening and I often work with clients in this way. However, at other times longer term work is required especially when it seems that early childhood experiences are still having an impact on life in the present in a way that is not helpful to you.
It may feel difficult to make that first step towards getting some help and I remember myself the anxiety of talking about personal things with someone I didn’t yet know. I welcome initial contact by telephone or e-mail to discuss whether counselling/psychotherapy might be a good way forward and to answer any questions you may have.
If we decide to meet for a consultation we can talk about what is happening in your life right now, what you might want from counselling or psychotherapy and how we might work together. I work both short term (4-8 sessions) and longer term (a year or more).
My approach is integrative meaning that I draw on a number of theoretical models and theories to inform my work with you; my main threads are humanism and contemporary relational psychoanalysis. My style is relational in that I will actively engage with you and be interested in how our relating informs our work together – I see it very much as a collaborative endeavour.
I work one to one with adults, couples and young people. Some of the issues I work with are: