I offer psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy. The psychodynamic approach considers the role of the unconscious while exploring both past and present experiences, and how these may play a part in unhelpful patterns of behaviour. It offers the potential to develop greater self-awareness, a deeper understanding of your relationships with others and to make important changes in your life.
Counselling and psychotherapy are generally considered to be umbrella terms covering a range of talking therapies, and are sometimes used interchangeably. Counselling is sometimes viewed as a short or medium term therapy, and sessions take place once a week. The focus can sometimes be on a more recent problem, such as work-related problems, a bereavement or another life event. Psychotherapy is generally longer term or open-ended and sessions can take place more than once a week. It is designed to look more deeply into issues which may have built-up over time. Both involve a collaborative process between the person seeking help and the therapist, and take place in a private and confidential setting.
It can be daunting to ask for help, and it’s not uncommon to feel hesitant about starting the process of coming to therapy. To begin with we would meet for an initial consultation. This is an opportunity for us to meet each other, to talk about what has brought you to therapy, and to discuss any thoughts and feelings you may have about the counselling process.
An initial consultation is also an opportunity to understand more about the options of open ended or time-limited therapy and to discuss which approach might feel more appropriate for you. Before making a commitment to regular sessions it can sometimes be helpful to meet for further consultations, and we would discuss this option together.
If you decide that you would like to continue then we would agree a regular time and day to meet on an ongoing basis.