What is psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is a conversation with a therapist that focuses on you, your thoughts and your emotions. It is a process that helps to alleviate feelings of fear, anxiety, grief, anger, sadness, depression or despair, and discover the path to healing from painful or traumatic experiences.
I work across a broad range of issues – see list below – and have a particular interest in life’s transitions. These can be sudden and unexpected, such as redundancy or loss, or those that approach gradually, like ageing, retirement or children leaving home. We all have to confront challenging new situations from time to time but trying to do so alone can feel overwhelming.
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Some issues I work with
Many of us struggle with change, especially as the prompt for a change can catch us unawares or be traumatic. I can help you to come to terms with changed circumstances such as bereavement, the forming or dissolution of relationships, changed or lost employment, and ‘empty nest syndrome’ – the perfectly natural feelings of grief and loneliness parents or guardians experience when their children first leave home.
Are you considering coming to therapy because you feel dissatisfied and believe there must be more to life? Perhaps, although life is going fairly well, you feel that you’re not fulfilling your potential. Or maybe you compare yourself unfavourably to others, distracted by whether their grass is greener and whether you should try a new type of work or find a new relationship. I can help you identify and work towards your goals.
Each of us experiences grief in our own way and at our own pace. There is no set pattern and it will be a while before we can accept what has happened and begin to settle into a new rhythm of life.
Grief is as much a part of life as love and joy, and it can, in its way, be an enriching experience. I can help you to come to terms with your loss and discover in the process that having survived such a devastating event as the death of a loved one, you are stronger than you knew. This in turn can leave you better prepared to cope with other losses in your life.
Our relationships with people – parents, children, friends, partners, colleagues – are an essential aspect of what it is to be human and key to our wellbeing.
When our relationships go well, they give us a secure sense of self and can open us up to new experiences and the potential of what life has to offer. By contrast, troublesome relationships can make us feel insecure, often angry, and lead to us becoming withdrawn and lonely.
Talking to me about your relationships, past or present, can help you understand what’s gone wrong and why. Then, with my support, you can discover alternative and better ways of relating.
You may be seeking therapy because external events have brought you to a crisis point in your life. Whatever the precipitating factors may have been, my first priority will be to assist in alleviating the crisis and associated feelings.
The potential to be creative is innate in all of us – without the capacity to be creative, we would not have survived.
All too often however, because of what we have learned or been taught, we act as though there is only one way to do things. This can lead to repetitive patterns of behaviour that don’t produce the results we aspire to, leaving us feeling frustrated and exhausted from our efforts.
By reawakening your creative potential, I can help you to pursue your aspirations more effectively and feel more fulfilled.
Psychotherapy sessions are an opportunity for us to meet regularly, usually weekly on the same day and at the same time, in my consulting room in London W9 (Maida Vale, close to Little Venice). I offer phone or online sessions for clients unable to see me in person.
Because psychotherapy involves commitment of time, energy and money, it’s important that we meet for an initial consultation to get a sense of whether we feel we could work together. The cost for this and, should we decide to work together, for each subsequent 50-minute session is £80. A limited number of discretionary discounts is available on enquiry.