I offer short and medium-term individual psychodynamic counselling but where appropriate I will incorporate elements from other approaches including; CBT, Person-Centred therapy, Mindfulness and Existential therapy. These approaches provide a framework for a personalised approach which is calm, compassionate and mindful.
I have worked in mental health care over for over 30 years and have experience in providing a safe and confidential therapeutic relationship that offers a balance of support and challenge. It is the relationship that is at the heart of the healing process as it facilitates and enables personal development towards positive change.
I understand that taking that first step towards counselling can seem daunting so I offer a free initial consultation session.
If you decide to go ahead each subsequent therapy session will be 50 minutes in duration at the same time each week that is convenient for you. The sessions are £40 each however concessions can be considered.
Within the first session I provide a full assessment which involves exploring your past and present difficulties and what your hopes are for the future. The first sessions are valuable for outlining your issues and expectations and to help you to set your agenda, aims and review points. We can also decide how to pace the sessions and how many sessions you might require. It is likely that you will require a minimum of 6 sessions.
Whilst focusing on your unique issues we may also seek meaning in past or present circumstances to shed light on their origins or processes. Central to this will be learning about yourself and exploring your options for change, to the benefit of your emotional well-being and relationships in the future.
The issues that we can work through include; anxiety, depression, anger, loss, issues with relationships and other complex mental health difficulties.
I completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice in 1993 and undertook my own therapy for several years as part of this training.
I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and I abide by their codes of ethics and practice. This includes a commitment to continued learning towards further accreditation and regular supervision for my therapeutic work.
If you wish to contact me by phone or e-mail, I would be pleased to answer any questions that you may have about counselling and the possibility of working together.
M: 07780 382120