Is therapy right for you?

Most of us will have faced difficulties at some point in our lives and found when we have been able to talk to someone about our problems it has helped. Therapy can help you understand yourself better and allow you to find ways to support yourself more effectively, and result in more satisfying experiences. I work with clients offering talking therapy to help when past or current experiences are affecting their lives.

In my counselling psychotherapy I use Transactional Analysis (TA) as my main way of working. TA holds that everyone has the ability to learn and change and that individuals are ultimately responsible for their own behaviour, thoughts and feelings. This idea is incredibly powerful as it offers great potential for us to make new decisions about our lives and carry out personal change. It also means that my focus will be on helping to discover what you want and then how you might be able to bring that into your life.

Sometimes life can feel harder or more complicated, and your usual ways of coping are no longer effective. I offer a safe environment and a warm non-judgemental relationship which creates a space to help you reflect, understand your thoughts and feelings, increase your awareness of what has or is happening and explore your options. Working together we can increase the capacity for personal change allowing you to feel more in control of your life.

During our sessions I can also help you understand why you feel like you do, draw from early life experiences or events which may have created unhelpful cycles or patterns in your life. The strength of our working relationship determines the success of the counselling or psychotherapy and in my experience, people are more likely to get to the root of their issues if they can trust and be accepted for who they are. I believe you are the expert on yourself and your life but sometimes we need someone to help us reflect and think more clearly for a period of time. I respect that all of us are individuals and all have diverse and different experiences, feelings and beliefs.

My philosophy is that everyone has potential, meaning that change and personal growth is always possible. I have experience of working with many different presenting and underlying issues which can manifest in many ways. At our initial meeting we can discuss how we might work together, carry out an assessment of your needs and an indication of how we might proceed. I offer short- and long-term counselling and psychotherapy, which can also be discussed at our first session.

What counselling and psychotherapy does:

  • Provides a therapeutic relationship which allows the space to enable change.
  • Helps us become more aware of what we learn and experience in childhood and how this shapes the way we relate to ourselves and others.
  • Understand negative thought processes and cycles of depression.
  • Having space to explore what is causing a problem.
  • Increase your awareness of underlying issues.

Issues counselling and psychotherapy can help with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Bullying
  • Domestic Violence
  • Miscarriage
  • Low self esteem
  • Low self confidence
  • Stress
  • Issues at work
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Trust issues
  • Childhood issues
  • OCD