It can be daunting to think about and search for the right counsellor/psychotherapist for your needs: sometimes you may wish to talk about something which you find uncomfortable and have not disclosed before. You may wonder how a counsellor/psychotherapist will respond to you; you may fear being judged, worry whether they will be able to help or not: so many things to worry about and consider.
My aim, from our first meeting is to minimise these fears and anxieties as we get to know and learn from each other.
Our first meeting lasts up to 50 minutes, where I learn about the problems which urged you to seek help. This gives you the opportunity to decide whether therapy is the right choice for you and if you wish to continue with me on a weekly basis.
We would meet weekly, face to face or via Skype, on the same day and time. Your 50 minutes sessions are where you can talk about whatever is on your mind at any given moment. As an integrative psychotherapist I work with a collaboration of approaches;
Psychodynamic psychotherapy – where your past is understood in terms of how it has influenced your relationships throughout your life.
Experientially – where letting your senses and feelings, such as tension in the body, inform us of your deepest emotions where perhaps you cannot find the words.
Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy – I may work with this approach at times where you may feel disconnected from your emotions and are guided by your inner ‘critical voice’.
Psychotherapy lasts as long as you feel you need it to. We can also agree on short-term sessions, such as 6 weeks if that is more suitable for you.
Psychotherapy sessions with me is a collaboration of minds, working together to achieve your end goal. I approach our working relationship with an open mind, transparency and the utmost respect for your decision to work through your difficulties.