Stressed? Feeling down? Relationship problems? Going through a life crisis? Are you using food or alcohol/drugs in self-damaging ways?
If your answer to any of these questions is ‘Yes’, then psychotherapy could help…
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is primarily a ‘talking therapy’ which aims to help people deal with emotional problems and life stresses. The goal of therapy is to help us as individuals understand our thoughts, feelings or behaviours and to develop skills towards managing our lives in more satisfying ways. In addition to helping us become more aware of our emotional issues and our patterns of relating to others, therapy helps to nurture a way of being which includes more self-care and self-compassion. Sharing troubles with a compassionate, respectful, professionally trained person – who listens in complete confidence – can help.
As an existentially-orientated, Relational Integrative Psychotherapist, I believe that a person’s early life experience influences who we become and there is a tendency to repeat ways of relating to others. When we grow into adults we find ways of coping which offer some security because they are familiar. However, we can get ‘stuck’ in old ways where our usual coping methods don’t serve us so well. Therapy can help us find new ways to avoid repeating problematic life patterns and to find new meaning in life. Gaining greater self-awareness of our emotional world and life patterns, opens up new choices and possibilities.
What therapy involves
In my work with adult individuals, I have a private practice based in York (though I occasionally offer Facetime/Skype sessions). Therapy sessions usually last for an hour and take place once a week or fortnight in a private cabin/room which is located in my garden.
In our first session, we sit down together and just talk. I try to help you express what is troubling or challenging you currently. I aim to listen, as carefully as I can, in a non-judgmental way. You would take the lead to explore issues of concern. I might ask you to describe your experience: to tell your ‘story’; what is it like to be you? That process of simply describing – and being witnessed by someone who is listening closely and with compassion – can itself be powerful and is potentially transformational.
If you decided to continue with therapy, we would look at the difficulties you are facing and consider what you might like to change and how I could best support you. Together we will try to make sense of your experience and find creative new ways of approaching problematic situations. We would then work together to discover new, more satisfying, ways of being in life for you. I believe that with understanding, support and sensitive challenge people are able to make changes in their lives and relationships.
I don’t give advice or tell you what to do. Instead, I work relationally and aim to meet you in your world – joining you on a journey towards finding your own preferred life path. My approach is always tailored to your needs as an individual and I adhere to the Code of Ethics and Professional Practice laid down by the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP).
My qualifications and orientation
I am an accredited relational-centred Integrative Psychotherapist (UKCP registered) in private practice.
As an integrative therapist, my therapeutic orientation is existential, humanistic and relational-centred, and I primarily draw on ideas from the fields of phenomenology, gestalt, transactional analysis and relational psychoanalysis in my practice. As a relational-centred therapist, I believe that it is the relationship between client and therapist which is the key to growth and healing.
I originally qualified as an occupational therapist in 1977 (currently not registered) and worked in the mental health field specialising in psychotherapeutic approaches. Throughout my therapy career, I have worked with a wide range of people with different emotional issues and mental health problems. I have particular expertise in the field of anxiety/stress, trauma, eating disorders, self-harm and substance abuse.
In addition to my therapy qualifications, I have an honours’ degree in Psychology and a PhD. I am a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society and have a post-graduate diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy Supervision. In my academic career since 1980, I have been involved with teaching psychology-related topics on numerous undergraduate and post-graduate university courses throughout Europe and in the USA.
My fees are negotiated with individuals (and/or institutions) depending on the nature of work required. Fees are usually paid at the end of each session via BACS (bank transfer) but can also be paid via cheque or cash.
The Introductory Session
This first meeting (which usually lasts an hour and 15 minutes) offers an opportunity for you to share information about your situation/background and to explore issues of concern and hopes for therapy. We discuss what would be the best way to work together and about other issues related to our therapy contract. Alternatively, if we don’t think that having psychotherapy with me is suitable, I will try to suggest other therapy or support options.
I hold anything you tell me in the strictest confidence. The exceptions to this are that if I believe that disclosure is essential to prevent harm to you or others, or if a minor is in need of safe-guarding from abuse, or if subpoenaed by court order. With GDPR you have the right to see any notes that I write about you and I would want to ensure your full consent if any formal reports needed to be written.
For further information or to book an initial Appointment to discuss your individual needs in confidence, please contact me on:
Landline: York (01904) 705054
Mobile: 07807 925407