How I work as an integrative therapist
My core approach draws from Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. This way of working is exploratory and uses the therapeutic relationship to gain a deep understanding of the source of the difficulties that you would like help with.
I also integrate techniques and interventions from the schools of Humanistic, Cognitive and Behavioural therapy, where these might be helpful in resolving specific problems, or indicated for symptom management in The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for evidenced based psychological therapy.
Primarily, the therapeutic relationship is the most fundamental part of successful therapy. It is key to helping someone safely explore and understand their internal processes, how these may relate to past experience and how this plays out, or ‘repeats’ in the here and now. Whilst therapy is often problem focussed, a vital part of the work is also helping someone to the explore and express their hopes and desires for the future, leading to lasting change.
My private practice is indemnity insured and delivered in line with the BACP ethical framework and code of conduct. My supervisor is a qualified HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist and I also attend a monthly supervision group using a model of attachment based dynamic psychotherapy.
Problems that I can help with include:
- Anxiety and anxiety related problems, often termed: Generalised Anxiety / Panic.
- Social Anxiety
- Depression or Low Mood
- Difficulties with interpersonal relationships, often involving feelings of anger, guilt and shame
- Difficulties with confidence, esteem and self-identity / sex / sexuality
- Problems related to experiences of trauma
- Problems related to loss
I offer a free, informal initial consultation following any referral. This is so that we can discuss your needs before you commit to any fee payable sessions. If I am unlikely to be able to help, I will aways attempt to signpost you to a different therapist or service.
Currently, I do not offer couples therapy, family intervention or children and adolescent services, or where risk cannot be safely managed remotely.
I deliver all formal sessions through a professional live video platform from a private home office, meaning that my clients are not restricted by location in the UK.
Video therapy can be a very beneficial and convenient way to access help but there are differences from physical face to face meetings. These include adaptations to technique, as well as practical considerations such as your opportunity for privacy, access to a suitable video enabled device and stable internet connection.