WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Psychotherapy offers a safe and confidential opportunity to explore the ways we may inhibit fulfillment of our potential, either by narrowing our experience of life or by making choices that are in conflict with our life aims.
These inhibitions may appear in the form of anxiety, depression, frustration at work, or in a relationship, an inability to cope with change, eating disorders, a life crisis or illness, a sense of loss or grief, lack of self esteem, or a sense of hopelessness and isolation. People choose therapy for many reasons.
HOW CAN THERAPY BENEFIT ME?
A feeling of safety, confidentiality and trust lie at the heart of good therapy. This provides a emotionally secure place to talk freely about what is worrying you, to let go old stress through more self understanding. This brings about a better balance in ourselves and increases our strength and resourcefulness to make new choices in life. This helps foster right relationship and more balanced living.
If you are feeling invaded by painful or unhappy thoughts, or feelings of distress from the past, it is helpful to give yourself a chance to explore in greater depth the issues affecting you through therapy in a confidential and professional setting. The therapeutic relationship is an insightful and creative one which, through sensitive care, respectful listening and appropriate challenge, provides an extrordinary ground for change and growth, healing and renewal.
HOW DOES A TYPICAL SESSION GO?
After a preliminary meeting with me to discuss the issues troubling you, and if you wish to proceed with therapy, we generally make a contract to meet for 8 weekly sessions lasting 50 minutes, and at the same time each week if possible. After that, we review progress and decide together whether to bring our sessions to an end, or perhaps continue for longer if that seems appropriate.
Sometimes I may ask you to fill out a 'life questionnaire' for self-reflection, which can be really useful to provide you with a general overview of your life now and the past conditioning and influences that play their part. This does cover the sorts of areas that tend to come up for attention and discussion in therapy.
I first personally came across the healing benefits of psychotherapy for myself whilst struggling to come to terms with life and death issues as a newly qualified doctor in my early twenties. That kind, reflective space offered a safe crucible for self awareness, understanding, integration and healing which never left me, and certainly deeply influenced the way my professional and personal life unfolded.
Although trained and qualified as a doctor, I have also been practising as a psychotherapist for 18 years having trained with the Psychosynthesis & Education Trust, and am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I see all sorts of people from many different backgrounds, dealing with a wide variety of personal and professional issues particularly to do with loss, depression, anxiety & anger management; relationship and marital problems, work place issues, and adapting to overwhelming life changes. I am registered with the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy.
I also teach short (8 week) courses in 'Autogenic Training' a wonderful self-help tool for profound relaxation and stress management - particularly helpful for anger, mild depression, anxiety, insomnia and a wide variety of medical and psychological conditions. As a holistic doctor, my background has been in non drug approaches to health and healing for many years.
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