Psychotherapeutic counselling and psychotherapy
I see adult individuals and older adults for short-term counselling or more in-depth psychotherapy. The first session is spent on getting to know each other and to give you an idea what Integrative therapy is like. It’s important that you feel reasonably safe with me and the process. Once we decide to work together, we will agree the conditions of our meetings. For example, sessions are usually weekly. They tend to be on the same day and at the same time to help both of us plan for our meetings. Depending on why you have come, I may go through an assessment with you which is often enlightening for both sides. It also helps me to tailor your therapy. 

I will ask you to choose an initial goal and other goals as we go along, and I will hold in mind what you want from therapy. It is then up to you to decide how you want to use each session, for example to focus on the issue that brought you to therapy. Alternatively, you may let your mind wander and bring in related aspects of your life and self. Or you may prefer to share with me how your week has been. As your partner in the therapeutic conversation, I will work to help you make good contact with the various aspects of your experiences and to integrate them, meaning to bring them together so you can feel more whole. When we feel more ourselves, we can live life more fully and with more joy.

What I can help with
Areas I have experience of helping with are: Relationship issues with people who are important to you, i.e. partner, parents, children, siblings, friends, colleagues, neighbours. End of a relationship. Difficulties forming or maintaining relationships. Loneliness. Anxiety. Depression. Issues around anger. Crisis. Loss. Bereavement. Bereavement through suicide. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Miscarriage. Abuse. Addiction. Being a carer. Postnatal depression. Disordered eating. Infertility. Insomnia. Low self-confidence. Low self-esteem. Pregnancy and birth. Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Redundancy. Self-harm. Sex. Spirituality. Stress. Suicidal thoughts. Trauma. Work-related stress. I’m also especially trained and experienced in long-term work which facilitates the working through of deep-seated issues.

Special expertise
I have special expertise in working with some issues. These are self-care (see below); living with a long-term condition or disability; living with somebody with a mental health problem; living with more than one culture / language / nationality; and recovering from being a victim of crime. I’m also especially trained and experienced in long-term work which facilitates the working through of deep-seated issues.

Self-care
Self-care describes the conscious effort to recognise and address how our daily life impacts us. Certain jobs, roles and circumstances are notorious for leaving people exhausted and depleted, e.g. living with a long-term medical condition; working for the emergency services; being a carer; working in academia; being self-employed; working with vulnerable or traumatised people; frequent or long absences from home; having a long commute. A difficulty may seem manageable by itself, but its repetition can wear down a person’s psychological resilience and health. In severe cases, this leads to fatigue, burn-out and associated depression.

I offer a program of one to four sessions to those who have noticed early signs of listlessness, nervous anxiety or problems relaxing in themselves. The approach is based on Integrative thinking about our needs as humans. Together, we will systematically look at your internal and external pressures and think creatively about sources of relief, support and counter-balance. Self-care is suitable as a preventative measure or early intervention but cannot replace counselling or therapy if that is what’s needed.