A Synthesis of Theory
I have developed my practice over many years, becoming an accomplished, experienced, and professional Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I realize that every client has unique needs; therefore, I inform my work with a variety of different and interchangeable theories.
I have adapted my practice to constantly evolve, especially when I am introduced to a new theory or approach, which I believe will broaden my perspective and strengthen my practice.
Here are some examples of theories that I bring into my practice; Analytic Therapy, Art therapy, Behavioural, Brief Therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural), Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Creative Therapy, Eclectic, Existential, Family Therapy, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Light therapy, Mindfulness Meditation, Music therapy, Person Centred, Psychoanalytical, Psychodynamic, Psychosexual, Psychosynthesis, REBT (Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy), Relational, Solution Focused, Brief Therapy and Transpersonal.
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling and Psychotherapy are interchangeable therapies that overlap in a number of ways. Counselling, in specific situations, is offered as part of the psychotherapy process, and counselling works in a psychotherapy manner.
Couples therapy can overlap between counselling and psychotherapy, because two people are present rather than one.
It is both a challenging and productive space to be able to talk and work through issues, particulary if doing so on your own often ends up in arguments that go nowhere, adding to the hurt and frustration already present within the relationship.
Therapy offers the opportunity to explore and get to know each other in a different way. Learning more about yourself and each other can lead to a more rewarding and fulfilling relationship in the longer term.
Finding a suitable therapist
Looking for a therapist can often take immense courage, the decision to speak about our problems can be really hard, and many people decide as a last resort, with little hope or expectation. But with my experience and knowledge I believe gentle curiosity and steady focus, we can get 'un-stuck' from whatever difficult place we may be in, and develop a fresh sense of understanding, acceptance, possibility and vitality.
Guidelines and Framework
As a professional, experienced and practicing psychotherapist/Counsellor, I have my own professional framework, guidelines and code of ethics.
I also have supervision every month, where I can explore the way that I am working with my clients with complete confidentiality (I never reveal any names or contact details of any of my), and this process helps me to provide the best possible facilitation and support for all my clients, and it helps me to provide the best possible care.
Our therapy session will always be 50 minutes, on the same day, at the same time, every week, however if you would feel you need more time, I will under special circumstances, consider extending to two sessions a week.
It is important to arrive exactly at the exact time arranged, this is your time, and if you are late you will be missing valuable therapy time. There may be no waiting area so try to avoid arriving too early.
Once you begin therapy you are encouraged to commit to at least 6 sessions.
If you decide to end therapy it is really useful to work towards a 2-week closure period, as the therapeutic relationship will potentially be a significant one and closure is an incredibly important aspect of our work together.
Sessions are paid every week, on the on the day of therapy. It is important to note from the beginning that any sessions that are missed are always charged for as the allotted space and time is held specifically for you.
I will need to take regular breaks, sometimes during Christmas, Easter and in the summer; I will always let you know my plans well in advance and will ask you to do the same for me. I do not charge for either my holiday time, or for yours.
What to expect from Therapy
I understand thinking about counselling can feel daunting or even exposing. However, I am here to support you, to develop a trusting and safe therapeutic relationship. I will help you to feel at ease, to feel safe, and feel supported and relaxed to feel free to talk openly, with absolute empathy, without any judgment and in complete confidence.
Our sessions will always develop at your pace, I always listen respectfully, attentively and carefully to make sure that I completely understand you.
As you begin to accept and trust in our therapeutic relationship I will help you to explore your beliefs, to look at ways to develop positive thinking and to promote your freedom and wellbeing. Together we explore everything you bring into session. I will help you experience a deeper, mindful experience of your mind and body. I will help you begin to ease any fears, any stressful emotions, negative thoughts, unhappy feelings, unhealthy choices or connections, painful memories, challenging relationships, irregular sleep patterns, or any issues or concerns you feel you just need to gain support to work through. I will help you to regain control of your life as you process and develop a positive understanding of your past, explore your future goals, and begin to live in the present.
Arranging your first session
The first step is to make contact, please send a brief email and then I will contact you to arrange our first session. In our first session I will include a full assessment, I will answer all your questions and explain everything you would like to know. You will experience how well we work together, in a calm, confidential, comfortable and supportive space in which you will feel safe, feel able to explore your needs and set goals without any judgement.
Following our session you can then decide if you would like to commit to work with me either for a short-term (12 weeks) or long-term (review every 6 weeks to a maximum of 2 years), this is flexible and you can evaluate your choice at any time, to extend or reduce without any pressure.