I have been providing therapy in the NHS and in private practice since I began my training in 1999. I am a registered therapist with rscpp.co.uk, AXA, and BUPA.
Why Psychological Therapy?
Some people come for psychological help because they feel they are facing a crisis of some kind. Some come even though they are getting on with their lives but because they feel stuck, or something known or unknown bothers them about themselves. Perhaps there is a sense of unease which is hard to put into words, or an unwelcome pattern of behaviour or relationships which keeps repeating itself.
Usually, people come because they know that they need to make a change in their lives, but often they do not know what needs to change, when or in what way. It is not always easy to change, and psychological therapy focus on what this might mean, what it might feel like, and why change can be so difficult to bring about.
Psychological therapy is about wanting to understand ourselves, and wanting to be understood. It is about how we want to be found, and how we might want to remain hidden. It can be about loss, and separation, as well as being about the desire to be with others. Psychological therapy can be a satisfying experience; a chance to focus on one’s own needs in a world that is often fast-paced, and centred on the expectations of others and society. There is seldom time to think in depth about how one feels and why, or to deal with the difficult questions that invariably arise in life about finding meaning, and fulfillment.
As a psychological therapist, I do not offer advice, but an opportunity to think together about the difficulties in one’s life and what these might mean. I do not offer immediate solutions, although sometimes it can be helpful to focus on specific areas of difficulty that are making life feel like a struggle. This is why I like to work in an integrative way, using methods from a variety of treatment approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, or mindfulness-based approaches. I have also completed my training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a particular form of therapy that was originally developed for people who have experienced a trauma in their lives.
For more information about EMDR please visit the following websites:
If you are interested in psychological therapy, the following information might help you to understand more about what it involves:
“The Examined Life” by Stephen Grosz – a book of short vignettes about this psychotherapist’s work.
“EMDR: The breakthrough eye movement therapy for overcoming anxiety, stress and trauma” (2007) Eds F. Shapiro & M. Forrest, Basic Books.