You may find my FAQ guide (below) answers any questions arising for you. If you have remaining ones, we can discuss these in our initial meeting.
Each session is normally for 50 minutes, however, can be longer for couples or family therapy.
I offer both short term or long term therapy and we can talk about which is more suitable for you.
Short term therapy (typically 6 – 12 sessions) can help you explore your current coping strategies and explore additional strategies to enable you to manage your daily life issues in a more empowered way.
Long term therapy can allow you to understand how experiences from the past and how you are in the present may be affecting current difficulties, then explore ways to move forwards in these.
My Gestalt training reflects my commitment to developing a strong therapeutic relationship. I believe that building a trusting, therapeutic relationship between us is a central part of our work together. Gestalt therapy can support you to find new and more satisfying contact in your relationships.
(N. B. Research shows that having a strong therapeutic relationship is more important than the type of therapy chosen.)
Gestalt is a German word meaning ‘whole’, and contemporary Gestalt is a holistic therapy. Personally, I believe this is important as, as human beings, we cannot separate our bodies, minds and emotions, I work holistically. Gestalt seeks to develop awareness of how we relate to others and our environment. It provides an opportunity to increase our range of responses and choices, supporting us to experiment with doing things differently. I can support you to notice and pay attention to sensations arising within your body. Such feelings often contain important messages, e.g. that you are feeling anxious or are angry. Hence becoming more in tune with our bodies is very supportive generally, also a valuable part of healing trauma.
As an Integrative counsellor, I draw from different approaches including: Person Centred; Psychodynamic; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Solution Focused Brief Therapy; Creative therapy; Transactional Analysis (TA); Mindfulness; Sensorimotor psychotherapy; Compassion Focused Therapy; Psychoeducation (*); Neuroscience; Polyvagal Theory
(*) Many people who struggle with hard to regulate emotions are helped by learning to understand why this happens. To help with this, I may also use teaching with Psychoeducational Aids as part of my counselling. These look at the role of the brain, chemical and body reactions and can enable people to learn to recognise triggers and develop strategies to become more in control.
The first session is a chance for you to ask questions and allows us to explore what style and length of therapy will be most helpful to your individual situation. We can identify goals to work towards together, including:
I will give you regular opportunities during your counselling to review your goals and progress. Endings are an important part of the process, so we will plan together for an ending that is satisfying and supportive to you.
My qualifications include:
I also draw from:
My continued professional development training includes:
N.B. This is written from my own perspective having experienced both types of training.
For me, training as a psychotherapist grew from my passion for my counselling and is supporting me to become more informed and reflective about my work. The training lasts five years, i.e. two years longer than my counsellor’s, and is at post graduate level. It includes a mental health placement which has given me much insight into mental health conditions, medication and services available. I am in personal weekly therapy throughout my five years to give me fuller understanding of my own process, which in turn supports me to work at deeper levels with clients. Also, being ‘psycho’ therapy, it gives understanding in how to work relationally with deeper issues including trauma, attachment and personality adaptations.
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During Covid-19 restrictions, I am continuing to offer therapy via Zoom video, which I can help introduce you to if you are unfamiliar using. When appropriate, I will resume meeting in-person.
Please get in touch if you’d value support.
During this challenging time I am offering a free initial 20 minute meeting for individuals over 18 years old.