“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength” (Sigmund Freud)
I offer a gentle, warm, respectful approach in my therapeutic work creating a safe place in which to explore the areas my clients wish to focus on. I have been trained in a number of approaches including Psychodynamic/Relational, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). I work integratively, drawing on a combination of approaches that I feel would be most helpful for the individual client. The relationship between therapist and client is at the core of all my work as I believe this is absolutely key for therapy to be successful. I work collaboratively with my clients exploring the best way of working together to help them achieve their goals. Exploring and making sense of how early relationships and past experiences have shaped our current beliefs and how we interact in the world can be an important part of identifying adaptive ways of moving forward. For some, focus may be more on the present and developing effective strategies to cope more effectively. Learning to be kinder to oneself may be a key part of making positive changes to move forward and achieve one’s goals
Looking for a therapist that is right for you can feel like a daunting task. Initial contact is usually by email and then we can arrange a brief telephone consultation to help with this process. The first appointment is an opportunity to meet face to face and explore what you are looking for help with and what you hope to gain from the therapy. It is also an opportunity for us to get a sense of how we feel about working together – for you to see how you feel about working with me and for me to see if I am an appropriate psychologist to work with you. It is quite natural that some people may feel anxious about their first appointment and we will adopt a pace that works for you. During ongoing therapy sessions, it is worth being mindful that talking about your experiences and emotions can feel like a relief and you might discover new insights, but some sessions may feel draining and exhausting and this is part of the process.