There are many ways to describe therapy and how it can be helpful to people. In my opinion, therapy is a way of helping people who are distressed by experiences that have happened in the past or to help people living with a current situation that they are finding difficult. On a practical level, therapy is a chance to talk with someone about the things in their lives that don’t make sense or that are causing them pain, anger or sadness. Talking with a therapist can help us understand these things and support people to bring about greater awareness of themselves and the how they are in the world. The aim is to create change through greater insight, helping to identify and express their emotions and to help find new meanings.
The decision to begin therapy is an important one and one that might raise some questions. We are all presented with certain times in our lives where things seem too much, out of our control or having a negative impact on our lives. Talking with someone who can offer a safe, non-judgmental space can be extremely helpful. I am experienced in working with clients who are dealing with issues relating to:
Transactional Analysis is a way to look at how our thoughts, feelings and behaviours towards ourselves and others, were formed during childhood and can repeat into adult-life, causing us distress and problems. It analyses the interactions between people in a way to discover the unconscious motivations behind what we do , how we attach and how we form relationships. By drawing attention to these, we free ourselves from negative repeated behaviours and allow for new ways of being. A more detailed overview of the main therapeutic themes of TA can be found here.
Our first session is for you to meet me and talk about what it is that has brought you to therapy. It is a very important time for us to explore how we shall work together, what you would like to gain from the therapy and to establish the best way to move forward. I maintain a positive approach to therapy and want to build a trusting, confident and an empathetic space for us to work together to bring about the changes you want. It is also a time for you to ask any questions about the therapy, myself or anything else you may wish to know. If mutually agreed, we will set a time and date for us to meet to move forward.
Starting therapy can cause some anxiety around confidentiality. Our work together is completely private and will remain between ourselves. I adhere to both the BACP and EATA code of ethics. I will take all of my clients for discussion to a clinical supervisor who is bound by the same ethical code. Your name or personal details will never be connected to any private information and are kept in a secure place.
My fee for the assessment is £50 and sessions are also £50 (£80 for couples). We will meet weekly and all sessions (including missed sessions) must be paid for. Holidays can be arranged in advance. I accept both cash and cheque.
Each session lasts 50 minutes, once a week. Once we have set a time and day, this time be yours to use. I offer both short-term and open-ended therapy, this is something that can be discussed and decided upon during our first meeting.