Counselling and Psychotherapy

I work with individuals, couples and families facing a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, self harming, addictions, life crisis, sexuality issues and  relationship problems. Each persons experience of these problems is different. For some there is a feeling of hopelessness, others feel stuck, or frustrated. Some come looking for answers ("why is this happening to me?" ,"what does this mean in the broader scheme of things"), others simply want the problem to go away and get back to 'normal' as soon as possible.

For some clients the initial work needs to focus on stabilisation. Mindfulness techniques can be enormously beneficial here in regulating anxiety and distress. But they also provide a different perspective on the problem which often has the effect of arousing curiosity into the nature and origins of the problem. This deeper work generates understanding, insight and meaning and can be extremely rewarding as it accompanies often longed for change.  ISTDP provides a way of getting to the source of the problem and working with it directly effecting lasting change. 

Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) is a powerful accelerated form of experiential psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy. The result of pioneering research it is a comprehensive and precise form of Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (STDP) that aims to bring rapid resolution to a wide range of psychological/psychiatric problems and self-defeating behavioural and relational patterns. Session length and psychotherapy duration will depend on individual need based upon the initial assessment.  For some clients regular weekly sessions will be appropriate, for others, longer sessions less frequently will be necessary. Some clients come more often than once weekly and some have a block of intensive work and then a break of a few weeks to allow the work to be put into action. 

Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy (MBP)

This form of brief focused psychotherapy is particularly helpful in some cases, in combining a psychodynamic understanding with mindfulness strategies.  Although my core practice is in Western psychotherapy, I have over 15 years experience teaching and practicing mindfulness techniques mainly based on the breath, but also on movement and yoga. Mindfulness as an adjunct to therapy is now recognised (in National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines) as more effective than CBT in preventing relapse in chronic depression.