Non-judgmental support and compassion in times of trouble; objectivity and sensitive insight in times of change.
Most of us meet difficulties at some time during our lives. Perhaps you have experienced a sudden change or crisis. Perhaps a long-standing issue no longer feels bearable. You may be aware of a vague sense of unease, of not being fulfilled or of feeling ‘stuck’. When problems arise, life can feel over-whelming leaving you feeling disheartened and alone.
Therapy offers an opportunity to talk about what is troubling you with someone who is trained to listen carefully and without judgment. This creates a space where you can reflect on your life and the issues you are facing. You can be supported while you examine past events, re-evaluate your current situation and explore future options in an atmosphere of safety, trust and respect.Therapy is about helping you to better understand your issues so that you can cope more effectively with difficulties and bring about changes as you feel necessary. As your therapist, I will not advise you on what you should do. Instead I will help you to make better life choices for yourself based on greater understanding and self-awareness.
If at the initial assessment we decide to continue with regular sessions, we will agree a working contract adapted to suit your needs. I normally suggest meeting for 6 sessions, after which we would review our work together. Sessions last 50 minutes and take place in a private, secure and peaceful setting. I offer both long and short term therapy with regular reviews to check against progress and objectives.
Therapy can help with difficulties on many kinds of issues, such as:
- Relationships; partner, children, family, friends, colleagues
- Bereavement and loss
- Stress and anxiety
- Suicidal thoughts and self-harm
- Physical and sexual abuse
- Work and career
- Sexuality and gender identity
- Race, ethnicity and cultural identity
- Eating disorders and body image
- Health and life style
It can also be helpful to reflect on how the following themes relate to your life:
- Meaning and priorities
- Choices and Limitations
- Personal potential and life goals
- Joy and personal fulfilment
- Beliefs, values and assumptions
- The body, health and well-being
- Relaxation and self-nurturing