I work with adults with a broad range of emotional and psychological difficulties such as depression, anxiety, stress, panic disorder, health problems, isolation, childhood abuse, trauma, loss, and past and present relationship problems. I am able to offer both short and long-term counselling and psychotherapy, taking into account the nature of clients concerns and needs.
As an integrative practitioner I am able to draw on knowledge of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, and humanistic approaches to help reduce psychological distress and to enhance well-being. I will work collaboratively with you to ascertain which way of working best suits your current needs. At the heart of my practice is a commitment to providing a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental space where you can feel able to explore your difficulties in depth and where you can begin to increase your self-understanding in order to bring change and possibility.
Over the last ten years or so, CBT has grown in popularity and many of my clients are interested in trying this form of therapy. Through my work in the NHS I was fortunate to be trained in CBT and was able to deliver this form of therapy to many patients over a period of 7 years. CBT can be delivered as a stand alone brief therapy (often helpful in managing an episode of depression, anxiety, phobia), or combined with psychotherapy for more complex problems, over a longer period.
Although CBT is used to gain insight into a client's ways of thinking and being, it's greatest strength lies in providing practical techniques to implement change. There are many books, websites and apps to help clients interested in CBT. A good starting point would be the 'Overcoming....' self help books published by Constable and Robinson (www.overcoming.co.uk); and the workbooks published on the 'Centre of Clinical Interventions' website (www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/resources).