Psychotherapy and Counselling
‘The act of revealing oneself fully to another and still being accepted may be the major vehicle of therapeutic help’
Irvin D Yalom
As a Counselling Psychologist I work therapeutically and relationally from a psychological perspective using an evidence-based approach. I draw on a number of therapeutic approaches in my work with clients and am able to assess which may be most beneficial to clients’ needs. My focus is on building the therapeutic relationship through empathy, respect and a non-judgemental acceptance of whatever clients trust to bring to our sessions.
What to expect
People come to see psychologists for a whole range of reasons. These may include specific problems such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, phobias, addictions, relationship difficulties, bereavement, stress and many more or you may just feel that things are not right and you want to find out why.
In our initial assessment session I will explore with you the reasons that you have come for therapy and what you hope to gain from it. This will help us to work out if we think you can benefit from a psychological intervention and which particular therapeutic model may suit you best. However the process is two-way and the decision to proceed will be a joint one.
Some therapists tie clients into lengthy expensive contracts or are vague about how long therapy will take. Although it is often difficult to predict how long anyone will need to deal with their problems in therapy I build in 6 session reviews to all our work. This means that in the 6th session we will review progress, goals and aims and consider how to move forward. Of course many clients have achieved their goals before session 6!
Everything discussed in therapy is confidential and the therapeutic relationship is bound by the ethical codes of the professional body.