You may have heard of CBT, psychoanalysis or humanistic therapies among others and may be confused about how to choose the best approach for you.
My way of working integrates elements from two modalities, existential and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). My aim is to respond to each individual client’s needs and requirements. In other words it is the method adapting to the client and not the other way round. In any case, research indicates that the most significant factor relating to successful outcome is not the therapist’s preferred school of thought, but the relationship between therapist and clients. My guiding principle is to ensure that you feel heard and understood and that you find coming to see me helpful.
By establishing an empathic, safe and supportive therapeutic environment I will guide you towards clarifying what your aims and objectives are, if you need to, and then towards achieving them. This can be done by talking, as well as by a variety of experiential and behavioural exercises aimed at actually implementing the changes discussed in session.
Therapy for me is a collaborative and creative process leading to a dismantling of obstacles and an opening up of possibilities. It will involve us working together to explore your current experience in detail in order to identify how your problems may have originated, how they are maintained, the function they may serve and the best way for you to challenge and overcome them.
Whether your concern is a general dissatisfaction with life, issues with relationships, anxiety, depression or a deeper disturbance, do not hesitate to contact me. Even if for any reason I cannot work with you, because for example I may have a full schedule, or I may feel more specialist help may be required, I will endeavour to point you in the right direction.
Along with seven years experience in the NHS where I worked in primary, secondary and emergency care, I have also worked for university counselling services and for addiction treatment centres.
We are relational beings and most of the problems explored in therapy are both rooted in and affecting our relationships. Taking part in a therapeutic or psycho-educational group can therefore be a very valuable experience as a complement or, in some cases, as an alternative to individual therapy.
The types of group that I run include: mindfulness, dealing with depression, dealing with anxiety and self-esteem groups as well as an open-ended therapeutic group.
If you are finding it difficult to find a therapy group that meets your particular needs – specific groups can be organised on request – please feel free to contact me.