YOUR JOURNEY

Everything you need is already within you

Let No One Keep You From Your Journey.

-Mark Nepa

Keep what is worth keeping and with the breath of kindness,

blow the rest away.

-Dinah MaCraik


Free Initial Call

Your free initial telephone consultation will last around 30 minutes and is the start of your journey. We will use the time to discuss your needs and how I might be able to assist. This call also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions and to see if you think we could work well together. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can also help you decide if I may be able to help you. When you are ready just get in touch to arrange your initial consultation or book yourself in directly here.

Aims of Therapy

Psychological therapy or counselling is much more than just talking and listening! It is the purposeful application of evidenced-based psychological theories and knowledge within the collaborative relationship you establish with your psychologist to achieve your agreed therapeutic goals.


Whatever your circumstances, psychological therapy aims to help you build confidence and self-esteem, develop more successful relationships, reduce unhelpful and repetitive behaviours, overcome past losses and abuse and increase your overall well-being. It can help you to release old emotion, realise ambitions, to face challenges and difficult situations with renewed self-belief and enthusiasm, and consequently gain more pleasure from life and from your relationships.

Establishing an honest, collaborative and trusting relationship with your therapist is essential. I will be non-judgemental and provide you with unconditional positive regard and empathy so that the time in therapy becomes therapeutic and healing all by itself. We will work together to identify your goals and keep them as a focus for your treatment. With your goals in mind, I will help you gain insight, awareness and understanding of your past and current situation and any unhelpful repeating patterns in your thoughts, behaviours and relationships. This includes how you relate to others, yourself and the world and also how you conceptualise the future. The resulting personal growth can facilitate a greater sense of meaning, happiness, empowerment and control in your life. It is a psychoactive process that develops over time as you apply your learning to your life outside therapy. Although there can be no guarantee of success, in my experience it is rare for people to finish a course of therapy without gaining significant benefits.

There are a number of different types of therapy that I use and the types that will work best for you will depend on what issues you want to work on and what goals you want to achieve. The therapy I provide is highly individualised and designed to meet your specific and unique needs. Therefore, it is more usual that we will work ‘integratively’ and draw from a range of different therapy approaches and theories to make sure your needs and goals are always the focus of our work. I have listed below the therapeutic approaches that would likely form part of our work together.

Walk In Nature (WIN)

I offer Walk In Nature (WIN) as the in-person option from April to October inclusive. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing risks associated with season flu and COVID-19 transmission, I have had to make the difficult decision to no longer see clients for sessions in the Indoor Therapy Room setting. The reason for this is to help keep everyone safe from the transmission of COVID-19 and season flu.

During April through to October, in-person sessions are available via WIN whilst walking outdoors in nature and there are many benefits from meeting in this way. However, people do have some concerns too. It can feel unusual and not safe-enough to consider talking about personal material whilst walking outside. This is an understandable concern because we have been conditioned to believe (incorrectly) that therapy should only take place in the confined space of a therapist’s office. It may take some time and experience to undo this conditioning, but the reality is that being outside is just as safe; it is the quality of the therapeutic relationship with your therapist that makes you feel safe, not whether you are indoors or outdoors. The other main concern is over confidentiality and privacy, which is addressed in the information document linked in the next paragraph.

Please take a look at through the Walk In Nature (WIN) information document, which explains all the many benefits of outdoor sessions in nature as an in-person alternative to Indoor Therapy Room sessions. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Psychological Therapy Diagram

The diagram below shows the general aims of psychological therapy, which is firstly to identify the unhelpful thoughts, behaviours and relationship patterns that are causing unwanted consequences in your life. Then, secondly, to help you work out what changes you need to make to develop more helpful thoughts, behaviours and relationship patterns in order to generate the wanted life consequences you will no doubt be seeking.

I hope that the above diagram is helpful in understanding the principles of how therapy works but if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Relational Psychotherapy

Relational psychotherapy is a deeper therapy that explores your past and current relationship dynamics/patterns to establish how you relate to other people and to yourself. These patterns will often manifest in your relationship with your therapist who will share observations to help you understand yourself in relationship to others more fully. It will track back to your early life experiences to explore how your childhood attachment figures related to you and what messages you ‘internalised’ about yourself growing up. These early patterns provide insight into how any current difficulties in relationships may have arisen. I will help you understand the reciprocal nature of relationships and what things you do that are maintaining unwanted patterns and what you can do to make changes and develop more helpful and rewarding relationships with others and with yourself.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a less deep form of psychological therapy that focuses on the here-and-now and specifically targets relieving the symptoms of depression and anxiety and related conditions. It does this by helping you identify and then change your unhelpful thoughts and behaviours to more helpful ones. Sessions tend to be more structured and directive by the therapist who will teach you the practical techniques, skills and strategies you need to help you reach your treatment goals. There is an emphasis on collaboration between you and your therapist but you learn to think about your difficulties and the solutions to them in the prespecified CBT way.

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Person-Centred Counselling

Person-centred counselling was developed by the great Carl Rogers. Whilst similar to other forms of talking therapy in providing you with a therapeutic relationship characterised by non-judgement, empathy and unconditional positive regard, it differs in that it aims to be as non-directive as possible. This means the dialogue goes where you want it to go. Your therapist may make observations and offer reflections but the content of sessions is up to you. It provides a space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings in-depth with your therapist who is not ‘the expert’ but rather a companion walking alongside you on your journey of self-discovery.

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Life Coaching

Life coaching is for people who do not identify as having any specific mental health problems as such but are aware they are not reaching their goals or their full potential in one or more areas and would like to change this. It also relies on a strong therapeutic relationship, but the emphasis is on specific projects or areas of life and helping you identify and then overcome the obstacles to achieving your goals and reaching your full potential. It helps you navigate the sometimes bewildering array of choices you may face so you can start to make consistent decisions that take your life in the direction you want to go in.

Integrative Psychotherapy

Integrative psychotherapy is a deeper therapy that draws on a wide range of different therapeutic theories and techniques. For example, as well as the approaches already mentioned: Gestalt, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused and Solution Focused Therapy. I will work with you in a semi-directive way, you’ll still be in-charge of the content but I will challenge you to experiment with new ways of looking at things and new ways of expressing yourself in order to gain greater insight into yourself, your relationships and your history and to make any changes that you would like to make.

Relaxation Therapy

Cognitive Harmony

Mindfulness

Overcome Losses

Find Purpose

& Values

Anxiety Relief

Reduce Stress

Healthy Relationships

Life Balancing

Improve Mood

Emotional Healing

Family

Reconciliation

Find Solutions

Achieve Goals

Ending

We will regularly review your progress and when to end therapy is discussed so that the ending is planned and part of the therapy process. Sometimes I may recommend you consider bringing sessions to a close but, generally, when to end is your decision and you can choose to end or take a break from therapy at any point.

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Please get in touch if you have any questions about psychotherapy, counselling, coaching or tuition or if you would like to arrange a free 30 minute initial telephone consultation.

I aim to respond to all messages within one working day.

Confidentiality

Your privacy is of utmost importance and all your information remains entirely confidential, with two exceptions:

1. When you/another is at serious risk – relevant professionals may need to be informed to ensure safety. 

2. When information is shared indicating a criminal offence has been or is planned to be committed – relevant authorities may need to be informed.

Please see the Confidentiality Agreement for more details.

Risk Contacts

If you or another are at risk and require urgent support, please contact your GP and one or more of the following:

Call 116 123 Samaritans helpline 24/7 .

Call 111 NHS non-urgent medical 24/7.

Text 85258 Shout text support 24/7.

NHS Mental Health Helpline follow link to find local service.

Call 999 or go to your local Hospital A&E.

I am unable to respond to emergencies or urgent situations that require immediate support.

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