What is Therapy?
Counselling and Psychotherapy are a talking therapy where the client does most of the talking and the therapist listens. It is non-directive and something of a 'shared journey' where we both work towards understanding your situation better. My particular way of working as a therapist is to facilitate you to talk. I then reflect back to you what I am hearing where appropriate. I also challenge you and ask you questions for clarification. The purpose of this is to enable you to get in touch with feelings, to create greater clarity of your situation and to increase your self-awareness. So, hopefully, for instance, you might get some 'light bulb' moments in therapy.

Most importantly, therapy is a confidential, non-judgemental space to explore feelings, anxieties, or concerns with an empathic, professional practitioner.

What is the Difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy?
These two terms are often used interchangeably. However, counselling is usually of a short-term nature, say six sessions, to deal with a specific issue such as bereavement or divorce. Psychotherapy, is longer-term, open-ended therapy to deal with more deep-rooted, long-standing issues. So, a client might come to open-ended psychotherapy, for instance, if they have a sense that their life is not working as well as they might have hoped.

What is Trauma Therapy?
This type of therapy is helpful for people who have suffered or are suffering from such difficulties as childhood abuse, Complex-PTSD, PTSD, domestic or sexual abuse. I use a tri-phasic model consisting of psycho-education, stabilisation techniques and processing techniques such as Cognitive Processing Therapy. For this type of therapy I usually provide some homework in the form of worksheets to try out between sessions.

Some Possible Benefits of Therapy:

  • An increased self-awareness;
  • More in touch with feelings;
  • A feeling of greater positivity;
  • A realization that there are choices;
  • Increased feelings of empowerment;
  • Feeling better able to cope.

    Initial Meeting
    The first meeting is an exploratory one to check that we are comfortable working together. It is an opportunity for you to ask me questions about my practice. At this meeting, I will discuss with you what you wish to get out of therapy and how I work. If we both decide to go forward with therapy, the rate, frequency and timing for sessions will be agreed at this time.

    To make an appointment or to have an informal chat prior to making a decision, please contact me on 0771 8296866.

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