I practise integrative relational therapy, which means I create my own form of therapy from my experience of working with several therapeutic approaches.
I place the relationship between therapist and client at the heart of my work and see this relationship as an important part of the therapy process.
At times we can feel confused and very alone with our problems and suffering. We may feel that we have no one we can talk things through with or it can be difficult to talk to our loved ones, perhaps because they are too close to us. It can be easier to speak to someone we don’t ‘know’ like a psychologist.
It is inevitable that at times we will experience difficult feelings, or face challenges which can leave us feeling confused, troubled, isolated and distressed. These problems not only affect us, but can also have an impact on other relationships in our lives. Counselling can be beneficial in that it provides a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space for you to explore problems and alleviate distress. Through the client-therapist relationship you can
- Reflect upon and increase awareness about what is troubling you
- Express your thoughts, feelings, beliefs and values
- Consider the choices and options available to you
- Acquire clarity in coping or responding to situations/dilemmas
What is an assessment?
This is the initial meeting between therapist and client. This is an hour long. This is an opportunity for mutual consideration by both you and me as to whether we feel that we can work with each other, and this is essential to the process of therapy. There will be a fee for our initial meeting. It carries no obligation as to future sessions.
How long are the sessions?
These are 50 minutes, and take place at the same time in the same place each week.
I appreciate that taking the first step to seek counselling can be daunting. Research shows that the single most significant factor in predicting the outcome of therapy is the relationship between therapist and client. To be able to trust and confide in the therapist, it is vital for you to have a sense of safety and to feel comfortable.
Therapy can be undertaken in ‘short-term’ or ‘long-term’ modes and the period of time is discussed during the first meeting and there will be regular reviews throughout the therapy to see that you are getting the most from it.