Psychotherapy is, in essence, a conversation with a therapist that seeks to explore and make sense of how you experience life. It is a process that enables you to develop emotionally, to become aware of and, where appropriate, modify your responses so that you can feel more fulfilled and at ease.
Many theories underpin psychotherapy. My integrative training covered a broad range, what they have in common and how they differ, which means I am able to adapt my approach to suit your needs. However, it is now generally accepted that irrespective of training or approach, a good outcome for any therapy depends fundamentally on the nature of the relationship between client and therapist.
It is not easy to talk to a stranger about what is intensely personal and private. If you are to emerge feeling better, stronger and more resilient as a result of having taken the risk of revealing your innermost thoughts and feelings, it is of the utmost importance that the person in whom you confide is someone with whom you feel safe and at ease, and in whose expertise, integrity and trustworthiness you can have faith.
For this reason I always offer an initial no-obligation consultation – to enable us to get a sense of one another and whether we feel we could work together – and recommend that you meet with more than one therapist before making your choice; I am happy to offer referrals to other therapists known to me.
Why consider psychotherapy?
All of us experience difficult or emotionally troubled times in our lives; memories of the past, painful events in the present and worries about the future can all stretch our capacity to cope with everyday life. Some people are lonely, anxious or depressed; some are worried about work, relationships or family life; some will be suffering from bereavement and for some, it can seem that life has lost its meaning.
At such times, talking to an experienced, qualified psychotherapist who can listen with an open mind and a non-judgmental attitude, understand and help to make sense of what is unfolding, can be of lasting benefit and awaken or reawaken a desire to live life more fully.
You may already know what you are seeking. If so, and you would like to see me, my contact details are here.
Equally, it may be that things are not so clear-cut; you may feel that there is no discernible reason for you to feel as unhappy as you do, or that you are adrift in a life with seemingly little purpose. If that is the case, come and talk to me and let’s see what we can do about it.
How does it work?
What do I offer?
Each person is different; each has a history that is unique to them and will experience issues, past or present, in their own way. My training and experience, coupled with my knowledge of academic and corporate life, will inform our relationship. I aim always to recognise your own experience, avoid making assumptions and treat you with respect and integrity.
Because the relationship that I have with my clients is central to the way I work, each therapy is highly individualised and evolves at its own pace and in its own way; none is the same as another.
How long will it take?
I will work with you for as long or as short a time as we both feel is beneficial and appropriate.
Some people feel better simply as a result of having been able to talk about what is troubling them and the issue may be resolvable in one or a limited number of sessions. For others, the insights gained over the course of therapy may lead them to explore in more depth over a longer period of time. Yet others may initially come for a relatively short time and return for further sessions at a later date.
How do I work?
I start with the here and now, with what has brought you to therapy at this time; any questions I may ask about events in your past will be so that I can consider with you what relevance they may have to your current situation.
I believe in psychotherapy as a means of alleviating emotional distress, fear, anxiety and depression and as a way of helping people recover from painful or traumatic experiences and heal. I am committed to making a difference to your life beyond therapy by providing you with a better understanding of yourself, your relationships and what life has to offer.
If for whatever reason you cannot travel to see me, I do offer telephone or Skype sessions.
If you are considering coming to therapy because you feel dissatisfied and think “There must be more to life than this!” I will help you to identify and reach your goal.
On the other hand, you may be seeking therapy because external events have brought you to a crisis point in your life. You may have suffered bereavement, been in an accident or suffered some other trauma. You may be experiencing relationship difficulties, marital discord or divorce. You may have been made redundant or taken voluntary or compulsory retirement. Whatever the precipitating factors may have been, my first priority will be to assist in alleviating the crisis and feelings such as grief, anger, sadness, anxiety, depression or despair that may be associated with it.
Once the crisis no longer dominates your thoughts, your capacity for making and implementing sound decisions will be on a much firmer footing. Together, we can then review your situation – what bothers you, what you would like to change, improve or be rid of – and I will help you to consider what you would like to achieve and support you in working towards that end.
You may decide that what has thus far been accomplished is sufficient and you are ready to leave therapy and resume your life; alternatively, having gained some insights about yourself and your difficulties, you may feel that there is more you want to work on to reduce the likelihood of a similar crisis occurring in the future.
The process of uncovering and exploring the origins of distress, the emotional wounds that lie behind it, is likely to be painful and you may well feel worse before you begin to feel better. That is quite natural and is not, in and of itself, a cause for undue concern. What will be crucial is that you feel safe in my presence and trust that I will support you during the tough times and guide you to calmer waters; it is the quality of our relationship that will provide the key to a successful outcome.
How much will it cost?
My fee for an initial, no-obligation, 50-minute consultation is currently £50.00
My fee for each 50-minute session thereafter is £75.00
A limited number of concessionary fees is available.
My fees can be paid as follows:
In cash or by cheque at the end of each session
Monthly by bank transfer or by cheque on receipt of an invoice
Fees for telephone and/or Skype sessions are payable in advance by bank transfer.