We would begin by having an initial consultation. This is a time where we can understand together your reasons for seeking therapy and what is your current situation. I would also explore with you in detail about your past history and events in your life. This is also a time where you can ask me questions about my practice and how we can move forward. Once we are both happy to work together we would set up a regular weekly time where we would meet for the session which lasts 50 minutes. Therapy can be both short term and long term. Short term will usually be around 6 sessions where you may wish to focus on one particular issue that you would like to explore and work through. Long term therapy can be anything from 6 sessions to many months or years depending on how much you would like to explore and the depth of your personal enquiry. Whatever you may decide we can discuss it openly and honestly and work through it together.
Beginning therapy is a major step and one that should be taken with care and consideration. It is an emotional and financial investment that will help you live a better future, and resolve the difficult past. Once you have decided to work with me I would ask you for your commitment and integrity in our work and to stay in the process even when it may seem difficult or uneasy as you will find that this is a natural part of therapy that everyone goes through.
Psychotherapy and Counselling
Counselling and psychotherapy, although two completely different terms, are both essentially the same thing. Both counsellors and psychotherapists provide a service for people who are looking for support and treatment for a wide range of mental health and emotional issues. The possibility that there is a difference between the two is a heavily debated question in the field of mental health treatment, and one that has yet to be answered. Some experts claim that counselling tends to tackle problems at the time of the crises, whereas psychotherapy focuses on long-term, deeply embedded psychological problems.
Whether you choose a counsellor or psychotherapist, the main thing is to choose the right individual. How you connect with the counsellor or psychotherapist is very important and likely to determine how successful the treatment is. It is also helpful to have a little knowledge on the different therapies on offer. There are many different therapies that can be used by counsellors and psychotherapists, some involve looking at past relationships and experiences to make sense of them, and others involve looking at the ‘here and now’.
My training as an integrative Psychotherapist allows me to use different modalities, thoughts, ideas and ways of exploring and understanding with you, your situation. I will be focusing with you on the here and now and what may be your experience of where you are today as well as bringing forward and becoming more aware of your past experiences and relationships that could be affecting your life today. Helping you to look within and make links and better understand patterns that may have been in place for many years, affecting your personal life, work life, relationships and general wellbeing.
I believe that the most important part of therapy is my relationship with you as my client; the trust, faith, bond and understanding within the therapy room can be the most healing and therapeutic part of the process. It is this unexplainable and inaccessible therapeutic alliance that is the cornerstone of work between me and you and it is this experience that helps many heal and move forward in life.
I feel that it is important for you to become your own therapist and so my focus will be to help you in a non directive yet questioning and explorative way. Empowering you to see what may be happening for you and how you can move forward. To help you become more curious about your feelings, thoughts, behaviours, motives, decisions, and more importantly the way you experience life.