Time to think of ourselves

When I ask my clients what they want from psychotherapy, a lot of them say, ‘peace’. I think that being comfortable in your own skin, being at peace with yourself, is not just desirable but possible. To do this together, you and I need to spend time to get to know you, how you ‘tick’, what you already do to find your balance and what your particular triggers are for setting you at odds.

The most important aspect of therapy is to be able to form a relationship based on trust. A good supportive, non judgmental and empathic relationship is not just the basis, but is also the work itself. If therapist and client can communicate and work together with respect, then the healing takes place through this experience as well as examining the problems a client brings.

The support of psychotherapy provides a reflective space to connect with who you are, what you need and to develop the skills necessary to move forward in your chosen direction. To find your own personal clarity it important to find a therapist who can listen to and understand your experience and to explore repeated themes in your life.

Every client is different and some may come for therapy long term and others for focussed short term work. Some clients benefit from cognitive processing (examining thoughts), others from body work or dialoguing, and others by listening to their inner voice, many benefit from a combination of approaches. Each client is unique and so will help devise the therapy that is most appropriate for their needs and their personality. Therapy is a collaborative, you decide what outcomes you are looking for and I will offer my experience, and knowledge to suggest ways we might work towards those outcomes. We will find a unique therapy approach to suit you.

I work with relationships, anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, sexuality and life transitions among other things and have undertaken training in four different modalities over the years as well as additional specialist training in working with LGBTQI* clients and working with grief and loss. I have been in practice for 30 years and love my work with individuals, couples, groups.

If you are considering therapy, this is an important time in your life and therapy may be a step you need to take. Consider if now it is time for you, time to move forward.

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Newsletter October 2013