What is therapy and how can it help?
Both counselling and psychotherapy are used to treat people who are experiencing psychological and emotional distress. The two terms are often used interchangeably however there are sometimes differences to the context in which they are used as outlined below. I also use psychotherapy concepts for personal development work. In practice, I use a blend of whichever approach I think will be most helpful to you at that time.
This is usually appropriate for a single or predominant issue or in response to a recent event. Examples might include a particular work or relationship problem, bereavement, redundancy, stress and anxiety about current events etc. We will work though the specific issue together over a predetermined time period, on a once-weekly basis, taking account of known absences.
This is more appropriate for longer-term, recurrent or deeper problems such as depression, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, life-stage crises etc. We will meet once-weekly for as long as you need to. We will explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in the context of your life experience to help you to understand yourself better, how you interact with others and how you make sense of the world. The powerful insights that you gain from this work can help you to make positive and lasting changes.
Talking therapies can be a catalyst for personal growth. We will work on increasing your self-awareness and insight, helping you to improve confidence, develop emotional resilience, become more effective at work and in your personal relationships and release unrealised potential.
My approach is underpinned by sound psychodynamic theory with some additional techniques derived from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Coaching.
How I work with you …
You are in control at all times and we will work at your pace.
As a ‘psychodynamic’ therapist I work with the psychological and emotional processes that influence our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. These processes are often deep rooted, sometimes beyond our conscious awareness. They usually develop as a result of our life experiences often, but not always, from our early years. This approach can be thought of as ‘reflective therapy’.
Through talking about life events, exploring your thoughts and feelings, or perhaps interpreting your dreams, we can identify consistent patterns, that you may not be aware of. We can understand why you think, feel and behave in the way you do. This enables us to go beyond the surface symptoms and deal with the underlying root cause. We can help you to learn from this and, if you want to, change.