I have a genuine interest in helping people optimise their emotional health and overall state of wellbeing. I do not see any one school of therapy as providing all of the answers to life's struggles, and my approach to therapy could be called eclectic. I use a solution-focused approach, staying focussed at all times on working towards the goals identified by my clients. I seamlessly weave together skills drawn from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT). Across it all, I maintain a warm, friendly, and down-to-earth style.
what to expect when we first meet
The first part of our work together will involve talking about the current difficulties you are facing, and what you are hoping for as an outcome. Will will explore the history to the problems you face, and identify what might be getting in the way of you being able to effect change. We will likely discuss what might be involved on the therapeutic path going forward. Ongoing appointments thereafter may be weekly, fortnightly or less frequently depending on your assessed needs. You will most often be given tasks to work on between appointments; this is to an important part of the work, which will help you embed real change into your life. My aim is to ensure that you feel heard and understood, and for all our sessions to be purposeful. Therapy can require hard work and dedication on your part, but the rewards can be both extraordinary and life lasting. In me, you will find a psychologist who is genuine, honest and committed to supporting you every step of the way through your therapy.
working with children and Teenager's
I have extensive experience working with children, young people, and their families, and I really enjoy this work. Each situation is approached differently, depending on the age of the young person, and depending on who is driving the referral. With younger children, I tend to meet with the parents in the first instance, to helps me get a sense of what the concerns are; what has been tried; what has made a difference and what may have made things worse. With teens, I could meet teenagers alongside their parents, or I may meet with the teen on their own. In all cases, the information gathered from the initial session is used to inform what future sessions will look like, for example parent sessions, family sessions, individual child/teen sessions or a combination of all three.
WORKING WITH COUPLES
Couples therapy helps couples of all types recognise and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Through marriage counselling, you can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding and strengthening your relationship or going your separate ways. Mostly, the work is done with both partners in the room. At times, some work may be needed with one of other partner separately, and where needed, I shall make an appropriate referral if it is not appropriate to engage in that work.