Regular therapy will allow you the time and space to explore how you feel about what is happening in your life. It is a time when you are able to say things that may be difficult to share with family or friends.
Choosing a therapist you feel comfortable with is essential. Our first session is slightly shorter so we can discuss your requirements and your expectations, and to see how we can work together.
During this session we can decide how many sessions to work together, but this can be reviewed from time to time. Clients see me for a minimum of six sessions. I work both short term, on specific problems, or longer term, which allows for the exploration of deeper rooted issues.
We will meet in a quiet room each week, where you will be able to talk, confidentially, about whatever is troubling you. Talking through your difficulties can help you raise your self-awareness and insight, which in turn can help you find the answers to whatever brought you to therapy initially. I will use my skills to work alongside you in exploration of your feelings. As an integrative therapist, I look at your needs as an individual, and I am trained to utilise the therapy that is best suited to your difficulties. These may include Mindfulness, Compassion Focus Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Transactional Analysis.
Integrative Therapy enables the therapist and client to create a framework that will allow utilisation of the appropriate aspects of each of the therapies to best effect.
Psychodynamic Theory examines patterns of behaviour or unconscious thoughts and feelings, established in the past and which reoccur in the present, particularly in patterns of relationships. In becoming aware of these patterns, you are better able to deal with them, and if necessary, to make changes in your life.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy examines thought patterns and how they affect what you do, particularly if the behaviour is irrational. CBT focuses on goal-orientated exercises and practical tasks that may help you to change your (negative) way of thinking.
Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy covers a broad range of theories including Gesalt, person-centred, Transactional Analysis and Existential Therapy. These therapies concentrate on what is happening for you, the client, in the “here and now”. There is a strong emphasis on the client having the answers within themselves, and given the time and space in a warm, non-judgmental environment, to allow the exploration of wants and needs, in order to achieve their goals.
Research demonstrates that the single most powerful factor in effective therapy is the relationship between client and therapist.