Psychotherapy and counselling
A safe and confidential space
So many of us try to cope with life's challenges on our own - perhaps believing that nobody can help and that friends are too busy to listen. Talking about our experiences with someone who won't judge us can gradually transform these feelings and provide hope.
Psychotherapy and counselling offer the possibility for self-development, including greater self-confidence and self-esteem. Considering alternative perspectives within a trusted relationship can result in new ways of relating to ourselves and the people around us. It can also lead to a more helpful and less critical attitude to ourselves.
My training is in Integrative Psychotherapy. Integrative psychotherapists use a number of different theories, bringing these together into an approach which suits them but can also be tailored to individual clients.
I draw on theories which emphasise the fundamentally social nature of human beings and their need for dependable relationships both early on and over the course of their lives. You are who you are, not just because of your genetic make-up, but because of your experiences with the people close to you. For example, if your parents or caregivers were somewhat unresponsive, judgemental or harsh, you may find it harder to trust people now. Understanding this is a first step towards more rewarding, intimate relationships.
My approach also emphasises the importance of the body-mind connecton. Feelings are felt in the body as well as in the mind, and body awareness helps develop self-understanding and self-compassion, as well as promoting general relaxation and a sense of well-being.
I welcome questions about my approach.