How I work
I am a Humanistic Integrative psychotherapist which means that I draw on a range of modalities derived from two major theoretical approaches, the humanistic and psychoanalytic.
From the Humanistic I work with a deep belief that we all have the potential to live meaningful and creative lives. I work with an awareness of mind, body and spirit and a belief that each one of us has the ability to develop and change throughout our lives.
From the Psychoanalytic, I work with an understanding of childhood development. I hold an awareness of patterns which may have developed in childhood and which may be adversely affecting you in the present.
Central to my work is a belief that by working in relationship we can explore whatever
issues you bring to each session.
In our work together we might also draw on the creative arts, working with images and visualisations and also with dreams, with meditation and with mindfulness.
I work with a range of issues and the following are just some of the areas you may wish to explore:
I can offer sessions both on a long-term and short-term basis depending on your individual needs.
"How long will it take?" is a frequently asked question to which there is no fixed answer. Essentially, it depends on what you would like to achieve. The shortest form of counselling would be for a minimum of six sessions; psychotherapy will take longer. Once we have made a decision to work together I would normally suggest working in an open-ended way unless we decide to work for a fixed number of sessions.
Should you decide to leave after a short time, I would ask that you allow for a final ending session. This gives us the opportunity to look at what you may have found helpful, or not.
Unfinished business has a tendency to return when we least expect it.