How I Work
You may have had counselling or therapy sessions previously, or the experience may be entirely new to you. Either way, it can be daunting to make the initial step in approaching a therapist. My aim is to make you feel comfortable from our very first contact.
Our initial consultation will enable me to find out about you and what has brought you to seek therapy. And it will give you the opportunity to consider whether you feel that I am someone you can open up to and develop a working relationship with.
Following this initial consultation we will consider how best to proceed. Open ended therapy
gives you the time to explore your emotional life in depth. There are no set number of sessions and therefore the time and space to make complex connections, explore interpretations and freely consider links between past experiences and current states of mind.
Short term therapy
is usually based on twelve sessions. We will work with a focus and formulate together a goal towards which to work – this could be the exploration of a specific pattern in relationships, modes of behaviour or troubling symptoms. As with open ended work, there is the opportunity to explore in depth in order to improve self-awareness and consider the possibility for change – but we will remain close to the agreed focus.
For both open ended and time limited therapy, each weekly session lasts 50 minutes.
As a psychodynamic psychotherapist I believe that the events of early life, and the relationships formed there, have a powerful effect on how we feel and act in adulthood. In our sessions you will be encouraged to explore this, in order to better consider and reflect on your emotions and experiences. My role is not to impose my ideas upon you but to help you make sense of your thoughts and feelings, however challenging, and to offer acceptance in a confidential and non-judgemental relationship.