I am trained as both an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor. The two are similar, although I tend to see counselling as generally time limited and focusing on a particular issue or set of issues. Psychotherapy, on the other hand, aims to develop a deeper understanding of yourself over an open ended time period.
As an integrative therapist I consider the whole person, mind, body and emotions, working with you to integrate and balance these elements of yourself which can move out of kilter. I work with you to bring to light parts of yourself which may be hidden and through this develop a deepening understanding of yourself and alleviate emotional difficulties. I draw on different approaches and ideas, including attachment, psychodynamic and humanistic theories. I also find mindfulness and neuroscientific approaches useful; I am particularly interested in mind-body integration, and how the body holds and carries feelings we may not be aware of. I aim to be alongside you in your therapeutic journey, providing a safe, supportive and confidential space to explore things in a non-judgemental way.
Finding the right therapist is important. Our initial meeting will give you the opportunity to make sure you feel comfortable with me, to talk about what brings you to me and what you may want from coming. In turn, it gives me the opportunity to tell you a little about how I work and to make sure I feel I’m the right therapist for you. If we agree to work together, we may then work out how we want to take things forward – whether we agree to work together for a few sessions or longer term. Whatever we agree, nothing is set in stone and we can review as the work unfolds. Once we have decided, we will usually meet at the same time every week (sometimes twice a week) for 50 minutes. You are welcome to end your work with me at any time, although I suggest you allow two weeks to close the work.