Choosing to start psychotherapy can be confusing and somewhat daunting. How do you know where to begin? Psychotherapy may be able to help if you answer yes to any of the following questions:
• Are you struggling with particular issues in your life?
• Do you feel low or depressed?
• Does anxiety prevent you from doing the things you wish?
• Maybe you have difficulties in starting or maintaining a relationship?
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a mental health talking therapy that helps individuals explore the issues that are causing concern in their lives. At the heart of any talking therapy is the relationship between client and practitioner. This relationship is key to facilitating support and communication for any meaningful change to occur. Each practitioner has their own assumptions, beliefs and approaches to working with psychological issues. To help you make a decision on whether therapy may be helpful for you I outline my clinical approach and what to expect from therapy.
I am a counselling psychologist registered with BPS and HCPC. The way I work is primarily informed by existential philosophy alongside psychodynamic theory and cognitive behavioural (CBT) training. What this means is that I practice from a variety of clinical theories and evidence-based approaches that are used depending upon what a client brings to therapy.
The existential approach, which I would describe as my clinical preference, concerns itself with how we each subjectively experience life. Conflicts can arise between how we might wish to be and how we are currently living or engaging with others. The work aims to explore how these conflicts of self or with others arise through exploring and challenging deep-rooted relational models. My approach is not to direct or offer solutions but to explore meaningful alternatives to current strategies. The approach posits there is no correct way to live life but one we are each subjectively comfortable to bear. I aim to support you in making sense of your life experiences and developing the autonomy and responsibility to change, if you so wish.
Examples of areas I have worked with:
• Anxiety that prevents you from living the life you want
• Depression, low mood and helplessness
• Substance use i.e. understanding the purpose of using substances
• Workplace stress
• Grief and bereavement
• Relationship difficulties
• Personality disorders
• Abuse (emotional abuse, physical trauma and sexual abuse)
If having read my approach you feel this may relate to you in some way please get in touch to talk through what is going on for you. I offer a free 15 minutes phone consultation to ask further questions and decide if psychotherapy is right for you.
Call or text on 07841991556 or send me an email