How I Work
As each person is unique, I work entirely individually. Sometimes we will focus on a current problem to find a specific solution, and other times we might use a waking dream technique to look for insights from your unconscious.
If you find yourself repeating patterns that stop you from living well, together we can look for the source, make sense of the compulsion and recondition the thinking that kept you trapped in a vicious cycle.
Drawing images or placing miniature objects in a sand tray is often helpful when words cannot explain complex emotional states. Through a discussion of the images, we explore the richness of their meaning. They may give you answers to lifelong questions or help you to discover an alternative experience.
Your physical pain may be a symptom of an emotional disturbance, and we can explore this through deep breathing and body techniques. Your body remembers traumatic experiences, and these can be transmuted into sound which, when expressed, is liberated from your body and so too from the mind. Through releasing the sound, you expel the tension held in the traumatic memory.
These are examples of transpersonal techniques used in psychotherapy and coaching. The transpersonal takes the conversation ‘beyond the person’, where answers are found through engaging with your deeper self. Working in this way can help you to make profound decisions which set you on the path to express your true nature.
For specific behaviours that may interfere with a healthy lifestyle – compulsive disorders, addictions or phobias – we can use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), a successful treatment for many people. By challenging negative thoughts and behaviours, CBT helps you to discover more constructive ways of thinking and behaving. With time, the old self-sabotaging habits are replaced by new positive thoughts and actions.
You may find that NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) is a helpful treatment. It involves reframing a difficult experience or memory so that you perceive it in an alternative way. The reframed state, known as an ‘anchor’, is used to re-call the new positive feeling towards the experience.
I use techniques from psychoanalysis, humanistic and existential therapy, inspired by your specific life experience, personality and holistic Self.
Everything you communicate to me is treated in the strictest confidence, and any notes taken in our sessions are available for you to see.
Confidence will not be broken except where you give consent for me to share information, if I have concerns about your safety, or that of a third party. In this case, it may be necessary to inform your doctor.
All therapists discuss their clients with a supervisor as a professional requirement. Supervision is designed to protect your interests and to assist me in my support of you.
I charge an hourly rate of £80 for individuals, with reduced rates for low-income clients.
The fee for couples counselling is £100 per session.
“Love is giving people the freedom to be the way they are, not trying to make them the way you want.”