Choosing a therapy and therapist can feel a bit intimidating, especially if you haven't been in therapy before. The most important thing is that you feel safe and heard. In my experience, every person who comes for psychotherapy is unique and it is important that I work in a way that suits you and what you wish to bring. You may just want to have the space and time to explore your issues and to be with someone who can understand how you feel. At other times you may need support through a particular crisis with a more focused approach. I am comfortable working in either of these ways. How we work can be discussed between us, and may continue to change and develop as we get to know each other better and we form a mutual, therapeutic relationship.
The issues that people bring to psychotherapy are unlimited. Nothing is off limits, at least for an initial discussion, and if I can't help I will try to signpost you to someone who can.
Depression and anxiety are common issues, from mild symptoms of lowness and avoidance to more severe feelings of helplessness and withdrawal from the world. Anxiety and excessive worrying, including having distressing intrusive thoughts and feelings of overwhelm, are also issues that respond well to psychotherapeutic help.
Bereavement, loss and change, including job loss, relationship break-up, fertility struggles and retirement can cause distress that can be relieved by talking things through with a therapist. We all struggle at certain points in our lives, and we manage this in different ways. It may be that we withdraw and feel isolated with our feelings, or we may block feelings with use of alcohol or other substances. Patterns of defensive behaviour may also be present which can be explored, understood and acknowledged through the process of therapy.
My training is in 'Integrative Psychotherapy' which means I draw on theories that link our past experiences with how we are in the present, but also work very much in the moment, supporting you through your current situation whilst building and strengthening your own ability to be healthy in yourself and your relationships. Relationships are key. Often the work involves looking closely at the various relationships you have now and those you had in the past - with family, friends, colleagues and also with me as a psychotherapist.
An integrative approach also allows me to draw on a wide range of theory, and therefore tailor the therapy to your individual needs.