Finding the right therapist, is key if you are looking to change something in your life. My approach embraces an attitude that affirms the inherent value of each individual. It is non-judgmental, empathic and effective in exploring emotional, behavioural, mental and physical life states. Simply put - it is a holistic, weekly (same time/set fee) conversational process, which considers the whole person, not just their symptoms. It can also address some of life's bigger questions such as, "who am I?" and "why am I here?"
I am trained in a variety of different Psychotherapeutic/Psychological theories and knowledge firmly rooted in the field of Humanistic Psychotherapy. When we come to therapy we are often stuck in limiting beliefs that can result in prolonged periods of anxious and depressed states. I provide a confidential space to talk through any unresolved issues or resentments while facilitating an embodied awareness of any disowned, unconscious processes. I aim to facilitate a safe, and ethical mind/body process for my clients towards an understanding of how our emotions can get stuck in the body such as anger, rage, fear and shame, entrenching certain behaviour patterns. The process of rebalancing mind/body awareness, alters how we see and respond to our 'self’ and ‘others,’ and the world at large. Integrative therapy aims to be a process of healing and transformation. It can be life changing. As Ghandi famously said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
As we talk through the client’s various experiences past and present, their hopes and dreams, realities and fantasies my role is to reflect what I see, hear and sense as I listen. Like a guide on any journey, safety is paramount. I ask questions and check out with my client not only how they makes sense of their world but how they feel talking about where they have been, where they are now and where they wish to be. Sometimes to move forward we must go back in order to reclaim parts of ourselevs that have been buried or lost along the way. This process builds/reconnects ‘self’ development; towards an ‘integration’ of body (sensations/feelings/emotions), mind (thoughts and behaviours) and soul/psyche, (our inherent wisdom).
Higher-self-knowledge allows us to act more freely, creatively, ethically and responsibly within our evolving societies and environment. This process of awareness deepens over time and requires several ingredients of nourishment which I aim to facilitate in the co-created, relational process; an establishment of trust; non-judgment; empathy; honesty; congruence; unconditional positive regard; tenderness; ventilation of suppressed/repressed emotions; playfulness and humour.
There is little difference between 'counselling' and 'psychotherapy,' apart from length of the work and length of the training.
My mission is to be alongside you at your pace, to discuss your needs/desires and be your witness on your journey of inquiry.
Whether you require short term, solution focused and a more 'action orientated' approach or a longer focus on self-exploration, will be discussed at the start.
Sessions are at the same time weekly, at the negotiated fee to be decided (if you wish to proceed) at the initial meeting.
The Facts Are Friendly: (Mick Cooper, 2008)
Here are some evidence-based research statistics on whether Psychotherapy 'works'?
There is unequivocal evidence that, on average, psychological therapies have a positive effect on individuals' wellbeing and mental health.
Almost 8 of of 10 participants of therapy improved to a greater extent, than the average person who has not attended therapy.
Overall, around 60% of clients diagnosed with a mental health disorder, will be diagnosis free after treatment.
Approx 10-20 sessions are required for 50% of clients to show clinical improvement.
Talking therapy is generally as affective as pharmacological treatment for psychological distress, and seems to have lower relpase and drop-out rates.
Improvement in mental health tends to be maintained one or two years after therapy has ended.
Counselling and psychotherapy is a relatively cost-effective form of mental health treatment - particularly for more psychologically distressed individuals, with an economic advantage above and beyond its contribution to psychological health and wellbeing.