I don’t distinguish between counselling or psychotherapy unless I have to. Many suggest that counselling refers to shorter-term goal-oriented work, while psychotherapy involves longer-term work that explores issues in greater depth. I work with individuals and couples using both models and am guided by what you are able to commit to – emotionally, logistically and financially.
As an ‘Integrative’ therapist, I draw upon a range of thinking, ideas and techniques, and adapt them to what I think is best for you. This includes the psychological theories of attachment work, psychoanalysis and CBT. I have practised mindfulness for most of my adult life, and welcome this practice into my work, along with compassionate-focused practices. I’m very happy to discuss and explain these further, and often suggest further reading and resources to support our work.
I hope our initial meeting would allow you (or you both) to talk freely about what brought you to me, along with any goals you may wish to achieve, and questions you may have about the therapy process. Importantly, you will experience what I’m like and how I work. In turn, I would explain more about my way of working, as wall as my policy on confidentiality, fees, cancellations and appointment times.
If we agree to work together, we may then work out for how long – it may be just a few sessions or on an open-ended basis. It helps to work out a time-frame together from the outset, but nothing is set in stone, and we can always review the work as it unfolds.
I don’t expect you to lie down on a couch (although you are welcome to), nor do I sit in silence. I hope to be in dialogue with you, and I welcome any material that may be useful for you to share – drawings, dreams, journals, poems or prose included.
I work online, with long experience before the pandemic of doing so.