The Way I Work
The way I work is for us to explore different aspects of your life so that gradually we can reach the root cause of your distress. Sometimes, just being listened to without fear of judgement, of being told what to do, or any other intrusive demands can be a very healing and empowering experience. I offer a safe and confidential space for you to be yourself.
I will facilitate and support you in your self-exploration, enabling a deeper understanding which gives you the choice to live your life differently and in a more satisfying way. At times we live our lives without ever questioning our feelings, values and assumptions, and what has served us well in the past may no longer be working in our lives currently. Therapy gives you the chance to re-examine these key areas and gain a different perspective which often brings clarity and relief.
I have trained in psychodynamic (inner conflict, repression and the way childhood experiences impact our current behaviour and relationships), person-centred (with the right conditions we can flourish and become the best version of ourselves), integrative (a combination of two or more theories) and existential (see below) psychotherapeutic approaches and have also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (changing the way you think and behave). My favoured approach is existential, which is informed by philosophy; it is an appreciation of what it means to be human and the difficulties and challenges we face in our relationships and the uncertainties and fears of daily living. Everyone is unique and I do not impose a set model or theory but rather draw on whatever suits a particular individual.
There is no technique, just a conversation between two people that is honest and exploratory as well as caring and respectful.
Psychotherapy sessions last for 50 minutes and are regular weekly appointments. For some people as few as six sessions can be enough to give them the insight and confidence they need to go on with their lives. Other people need longer to tell their story, gain understanding and feel better equipped to deal with their troubles.