What is Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy provides a safe, confidential, impartial and non-judgmental space for sharing troubled and confused feelings.  A psychotherapist is not a provider of solutions or instruction but facilitates exploration and discovery through the lens of a therapeutic relationship.

Psychotherapy is not an easy process and can bring to the surface difficult feelings that may have got buried or suspended.  It can take courage to self-reflect and look to understand patterns and their sources. It can equally be hugely rewarding to enable awareness which can positively impact on the relationships and surrounding experiences in life.  A psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy is offered here on a focused, short term basis or for a longer, open-ended period.

Who is it for

People come to therapy for many different reasons which may not always be clear to themselves.  Some come because of an event or distressing turn in life that has brought up difficult feelings from the past.  There may be an underlying feeling of dissatisfaction that seems to be getting in the way of moving forward. For others it may be a feeling of isolation or more evident depression, anxiety, problems coping with stress or an issue at work.  Perhaps on-going relationship problems or confused feelings around sexuality. There is no right or wrong reason to approach psychotherapy – someone doesn't have to be heading towards a crisis or in a crisis to ask for help.

The Approach

I offer a psychoanalytic approach which recognises how recurring patterns in relationships may have been effected by the past and earlier experiences.  From childhood the building blocks for relationships are set in place and are a template for what lies ahead. We lay down significant strategies to cope with unpredictable or unpalatable feelings.  It may be that circumstances arise where we struggle and find we are less able to draw upon these previous strategies and we turn to new ways of managing that are less helpful and serve to hurt us more.  This psychoanalytic approach can help identify these patterns through awareness by understanding their origins and facilitates the prospect of feeling less helpless and less inclined to repetition. By uncovering the patterns locked within these dynamics, noticing the links and understanding their meaning, these unwanted patterns can diminish and space is made for creating new, more helpful patterns of relating or behaving.  This is often where the real work starts because an important part of the work is how to internalise a supportive way of thinking which can sustain someone into the future.  

I offer both focused and time-limited work on a particular identified issue raised as well as longer term open-ended work.  I also offer remote sessions on zoom.

Specialist Areas

I am an experienced psychotherapist working with a wide range of issues.  I have a particular understanding in these areas:

  • Abuse

  • Anxiety

  • Bereavement

  • Childhood sexual abuse

  • Depression

  • Domestic violence

  • Eating disorders

  • Loneliness and isolation

  • Low self-esteem

  • Sexuality issues

  • Stress

  • Trauma and Attachment patterns