Have you been feeling anxious or depressed and want to gain some control over your thoughts and behaviours? Find it difficult to feel motivated and to know which direction to take in order to make changes happen? Are Low self-esteem and confidence issues holding you back from reaching your full potential? Do negative or traumatic past experiences effect your emotions, behaviours and decision making? If any or all these things resonate with you, then therapy can give you the tools and self-awareness that you need to start to repair these issues.
With over 10 years of working in Private practice as well as working for the NHS in various settings, I have had the privilege of listening to many clients struggles, have offered my understanding of mental health issues and my skills. I have helped clients to cope and manage, and have empowered clients to make changes. As a result, I have witnessed the positive effects this has had on their lives, and have watched them grow, change and achieve their goals.
As a therapist I am highly trained and skilled in listening without judgment and have the knowledge and understanding of how emotions develop and manifest. I am therefore able to assess clients for specific symptoms and then plan of action following specific therapy approaches that would be appropriate for the individual needs.
The therapeutic approaches I offer include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Ethos:
The key to change is working with negative thoughts that are causing distorted perceptions of one’s self, by modifying thoughts and beliefs. This process may involve looking at the evidence for thoughts and therefore raising awareness of the irrationality of beliefs. This is particularly helpful for providing tools and techniques for managing anxiety, depression and obsessive behaviours.
Solution Focused Therapy (SFBT) ethos;
This approach is based on building solutions rather than problem-solving. This approach involves exploring what it is that you want and identifying ways of achieving them. This approach is about building inner confidence and self-belief, which will enable you to access your inner resources and future hopes. This will give you the tools you need to take charge of your life. This approach will acknowledge present problems and possible past issues that are relevant, but it predominantly focuses on the changes you want to make and how you can make them happen.
Person-Centred Counselling Ethos:
Every individual has the potential for growth when shown a non-judgmental respect, acceptance, empathy and congruence. This process may involve addressing and changing beliefs placed upon us from external influences.
Past unresolved feelings or experiences may be affecting the present. Understanding the past helps to raise awareness, gain a clearer perspective and can lead to change. This process may involve exploring the past and making links to realise the effects on the present.
Transactional Analysis ethos:
This approach is about building your self-awareness and acknowledging that we are not always ‘conscious’ and aware of our behaviours and how we are driven by our emotions. I think the term ‘going on autopilot’ explains this well, as this term is about going through the motions and being repetitive with emotions and behaviours. Evidence suggests this ‘autopilot’ way of being is our subconscious mind that is driving us, and not necessarily our more balanced and rational conscious mind. This approach believes that We interact differently with different people for i.e., we are often different with our parents, children, peers or boss at work. This approach specifically looks out the different parts of ourselves that communicate in different ways, which are the Critical parent, Rational adult and Rebellious child. The idea here is that once we are more aware of these parts of ourselves we can start to understandable and address our unhelpful emotions and behaviours, and lead a more balanced life through our emotions and behaviours and can reduce our negative symptoms.
Get in Contact:
I understand that sometimes making the decision to seek help and reach out to a therapist may be a daunting prospect. This is why I feel it is important to say that I never expect too much from clients and the process will at all times involve high level confidentiality and consistent reviewing to see whether things are going in the right direction.
If you feel you would like to enquire about my services, then please feel free to make contact and enquiries with no obligations or commitment required, and we can discuss any questions or concerns that you may have.
I look forward to hearing from you and hope to make a positive difference to your life and future.