What I Offer
Psychotherapy is a gently unfolding process of discovery – a journey undertaken together. When you come to your psychotherapy sessions with me the information you share with me will be confidential. The sessions will take place in a comfortable, safe environment, without interruptions. We will meet regularly and usually at the same pre-arranged times and on the same day/s each week. I will take three breaks each year, of 1 to 4 weeks, with advance notice.
During your time in psychotherapy with me, you will be encouraged to share your thoughts, hopes, dreams, and experiences with me as they unfold for you during, and outside of, the psychotherapy sessions. Although I recognise that there are some thoughts, feelings and experiences that everyone prefers to keep private, you will be gently encouraged to speak as openly as you can about what matters to you.
I will share much less with you about myself since this is your time and it is important for us to understand you. However, there will be times, of course, when I do share something of my responses, my impressions, my feelings, or my experience, if I feel it will benefit you within the psychotherapy setting. This is not traditional psychoanalytic psychotherapy in which the therapist keeps a consistently ‘neutral’ expression and says very little indeed. I seek to provide you with an experience of warm, engaged, mutual relationship in which changes can occur gently, at your own pace.
Questions you may find yourself asking….
ANSWER: Disruption of, and difficulty in early relationship is considered to be at the core of many problems. The relationship between therapist and patient is understood to be fundamental to change. This relationship is professionally boundaried, secure, warm, containing and ongoing.
ANSWER: Those who seek this type of Psychotherapy are seeking relief from a range of difficulties including: – Obsessiveness, Eating difficulties, Weight problems, Stress and nervousness, Depression, Low self esteem, Bereavement…
They may be experiencing: – Sexual difficulties, disruption to relationship, anxiety, chronic ill health, panic attacks, overactivity, inability to concentrate, worry that people are thinking about them negatively, and loss of motivation…
There are others who need help with: – feelings of loneliness or despair, worries about identity (including gender and sexuality), compulsions (feelings of wanting and needing to so something over and over again or at particular times), sleep difficulties, phobias, and performance anxieties…
These and other problems can be brought to Psychotherapy. Here drugs will not be prescribed, or judgements made, but these difficulties will be gently explored together during weekly sessions.
ANSWER: We will have a 50 minute consultation, initially. During this consultation, we may well arrange to start psychotherapy sessions at a mutually convenient, regular, time. Sessions may be arranged for once, twice or three times a week, according to need and suitability.
ANSWER: You will have the option of lying on the couch, or sitting in a chair.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Adoption Issues
- Affairs and Betrayals
- Anger Management
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Antisocial Personality Disorder
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Avoidant Personality Disorder
- Binge-Eating Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder/Manic Depression
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Bulimia Nervosa
- Child Related Issues
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME
- Couples Counselling
- Dependent Personality Disorder
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Abuse
- Eating Disorders
- Emotional Abuse
- Gender Identity
- Generalised Anxiety
- Histrionic Personality Disorder
- Learning Difficulties
- Low Self-Confidence
- Low Self-Esteem
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Paranoid Personality Disorder
- Personality Disorders
- Physical Abuse
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal Depression
- Psychosexual Therapy
- Relationship Issues
- Schizoid Personality Disorder
- Schizotypal Personality Disorder
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Self Harm
- Separation and Divorce
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Issues
- Tourettes Syndrome
- Work Related Issues
Do feel free to call or email me if you are thinking of entering therapy and would like more information.
My contact details are:
Telephone: 0208 878 1125 and 07834 364984