What is therapy?

Therapy is about learning to be in charge of your life; it is a conversation within a relationship where you can be witnessed, heard and challenged so you can move towards a more fulfilling future.

Working as a humanistic psychotherapist and counsellor means that I see you as an individual: someone who is made up of a body, emotions, thoughts, sensations and perceptions with your own unique experience of life, one that only you know.  

I believe that therapy can help us at many times in our lives. We may start when we are struggling with life and feel stuck in patterns of behaviour that no longer work for us. You may want to bring any unresolved issues, current difficulties or hopes for the future. I work with you to explore your issues and all that you want from life.  My relationship with you is particularly important to the work we do and influences the success of the therapy.

Humanistic therapy is based in humanistic psychology that is primarily client-focused.  It works on the belief that the relationship between client and therapist is of paramount importance to the work. My practice is informed by the work of Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Formative Psychology.  I am influenced by the work of Stanley Keleman, Fritz Perls, Virginia Satir, Irvin Yalom, Brené Brown and Esther Perel. 

I am particularly influenced by Gestalt therapy, the goal of which is awareness not change.  With awareness, that may at times be uncomfortable and challenging, we can begin to own and take responsibility for the lives that we lead.  We then have choices in the way we live and can affect changes, if we so wish, that can in turn transform the relationship we have with ourselves, with others and with the world around us.

Counselling and Psychotherapy differ primarily in the length of time that you spend working.  Counselling tends to be focused on a particular issue over a shorter period of time.  Psychotherapy can be a more in-depth process over a longer duration.  I use the term therapy to describe both.