Person-centred psychological support for adults and young people
With over 15 years experience working to support children and adults through a wide variety of difficulties, I have gathered a set of evidence-based tools so as to fit the therapy to the individual, rather than the other way around.
I engage in both short and long term therapy depending on the presenting issues and what it is you want and need. With recent impacts of Covid-19, I have developed a fully virtual model for working and have worked with clients as far as Berlin, although happy to work with you on any further away time differences.
I support individuals to manage trauma, difficult situations and create more value driven behaviour. I believe in the capacity of the individual to heal themselves. I use creative, solution focused approaches for building self-awareness and bringing about positive change.
Approaches I use:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Embodiment (body-mind connection)
Trauma Informed Approach
Creative Arts Therapy
Breathing and relaxation strategies
Psychological consultation models for parents and teachers
All sessions include a confidentiality agreement, in line with the British Association for Counselling Psychologists ethical code of conduct.
I am a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)
WHAT MIGHT WE DO IN A THERAPY SESSION?
In our sessions, I will come with some ideas of what we might work on that day. However, this will be very much guided by your needs on a week by week basis.
We will do some talking and reflecting on the past, but even more we will look at what it is you want to do and to be moving forwards. This is called a 'solution focused' approach and helps us not to get stuck in ruminating about the past.
We may explore these things creatively using art mediums (clay, drawing, collage) or through using objects such as shells to consider how we see our current situationa nd those around us (this is called 'externalization'). We may play some games and explore your inner child. These methods are often very helpful, as sometimes it is difficult to find the right words or even access our feelings just using words.
You set the pace. I am highly attuned to my client's needs and will not push you to discuss anything until you feel ready. However, I do not just sit and listen. I sometimes make my clients work hard to explore patterns of thinking and behaviour, with tasks in between sessions. This is not becase I am a drill sergant, it is because I know that by coming to see me, you want to make a change, so I will make it my mission to ensure I support you to do this.
We set goals along the way and review where we are at regularly. I keep everything completely confidential, as per the agreement yoy receive before we start session.
I completely understand how scary the first session can be, but in all of my 15 years working with individual and groups accross two continents, only once has anyone not come back for further sessions after the initial first meeting. That said, it is very important you feel I am someone who fits with yor need, and if after session one you are not sure, there is no obligation to book any more. Our relationship is crucial to the healing process and your own journey.
We hay just have a few sessions, but more often therapy is a longer term venture. This makes it a commitment on both of our sides. Sometimes I see people for over a year.
If you have any more questions, please send me an email and I will be more than happy to try and answer them.