One of the unique qualities of therapy is that as a therapist, I see my role as someone who is able to see beyond the issues that you may arrive in the therapy room with. I believe that all distress, regardless of how complex and complicated it may seem, will make sense in the overall picture of someone’s life. We are the sum of our experiences and each person has their own story to tell. My role is to help you make sense of that. As a therapist it is not my role to diagnose and treat in the traditional medical sense of the word. I do not see the issues that you present as areas of your life in need of ‘treatment’ but rather, my focus is on you as a person with a unique life experience. Our goal together will be to explore what’s going on for you at this point in your life and to make sense of it.
There is no general right way of being or any notion of “normal psychological health”, what is right for you, is precisely what is right for you. That is to say, our work together is to focus on you leading the life that you want to live and one that is not set by any other person’s ideals than you. Rather than being a cliche, your uniqueness is the way in which I will fully be with you, listening to you and seeing what emerges from that.
Sometimes what’s going on is not always something people can pinpoint. It may be that you have an idea of what is not going right but are unsure how it came to be or how to work through it. I will be with you to talk about what’s going on for you, to make sense and to find meaning.
I do not label the people I see and I am not driven by a technique-driven path. I have a really comprehensive tool kit and will support you on the path that is right for you. As well as discussing the issues of importance to you, I will work with you to problem solve and establish new coping mechanisms and new patterns of behaviour, thinking or feeling that will work better for you. I believe that most “behaviours” can be clearly understood as a way of coping with some sort of trauma and adversity in someone’s life. It is a way of responding to manage and survive an emotional pain so rather than be dysfunctional, those strategies are often essential survival techniques! When they are no longer helping you though, we can explore how those behaviours may have come to be, and how you want to change them.
Bearing that in mind, common “issues” presented in therapy that I work with include the below. To find out more about each one, follow the buttons below;