We will meet each week for a 50 minute session. Therapy involves exploring your world together in a confidential setting. Seeking and accepting help is a brave step and I am aware you may feel vulnerable, particularly in our first session. I aim to provide a warm and welcoming, calm and non-judgemental space for you where you can be fully heard.
I am an integrative psychotherapist which means I draw on different modalities. I have been trained in a number of different therapy schools and I will draw on whichever of these is appropriate as we move along on your therapy journey. Our relationship in the room is crucial to the success of therapy and I will play an active role in the therapy room while being guided by you in terms of subject matter. Some of the things we may talk about include your relationships, your childhood, your thoughts, behaviours and feelings.
Issues I could assist with include anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, workplace issues, low self-esteem and lack of confidence, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating issues, phobias and fears, addiction and substance misuse, abuse and bereavement/grief/loss
WHAT HAPPENS IN THERAPY?
There may be ways of being you have in your life that are no longer working for you. Or specific triggers may result in your reacting in a certain way due to childhood trauma. You may feel unhappy. Whatever the issue I believe therapy can help.
You may find you are experiencing the same problem over and over again or that you are struggling to deal with certain situations and have limited capacity to deal with the stresses of everyday life. You may be self-harming or have developed an eating disorder or be shopping compulsively.
By taking the time each week to focus on what is troubling you we will together begin to unpick the patterns in your life and by creating a safe space to view, discuss and ultimately begin to accept them, change becomes possible. At its best psychotherapy can be very effective in promoting change.
As people we all have a set of organising principles in our minds which govern how we see the world, how we act in our lives, what we expect from the world and how we expect others to act. These are typically based around our early childhood experiences and the behaviours of our caregivers. They are often so ingrained and deeply seated you may not even realise what is driving you. Simplistically, therapy is typically about understanding these organising principles and seeing how they may be hampering you. The space and pause for reflection that is created in your life will ultimately give you the freedom to make different choices and, ideally, work towards the life you want.
For a bit more detail about the efficacy of talking therapy take a look at this article.