An evidence-based approach

 

I am a counselling psychologist. Like counsellors and psychotherapists I offer a safe confidential space within which my clients can explore their thoughts and feelings. However I also use knowledge drawn from a solid psychological evidence base, which I developed through extensive training to doctoral level. This enables me to work in ways that have proven effective in relieving suffering and promoting emotional well-being.

 

In order to keep my practice rigorous and up-to-date I attend regular supervision with professional peers. There I can reflect on my work and explore the best ways to serve my clients. I also abide by the strict standards set by the British Psychological Society and the Health and Care Professions Council in the areas of ethics and continuous professional development.

A flexible, personalised therapy

 

Trained in a broad range of therapeutic models I have chosen to work integratively, drawing on humanistic, cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness therapies (for more information, click here). This approach allows my clients to address their difficulties in ways that can be both exploratory and pragmatic. For instance, some of them might seek to develop greater awareness of the impact of past events on their present behaviours and relationships. Others would rather learn new skills to deal with challenging situations or emotional states. Others still choose to use our time together to clarify their goals and values, so they can find more fulfilment in their work and personal lives. Using an integrative approach enables me to be flexible in responding to my clients' individual needs, and this throughout the therapy.

 

Flexibility also applies to the number of therapy sessions that my clients receive. Some find that a few sessions are enough to put them ‘on the right track’. Others come to therapy for several months. What is important is that you do what is best for you personally. Intermittent therapy is also an option: if you decide to stop after a few sessions, you will be able to come back at any time in the future, and pick up where you left off.

A relationship based on respect and acceptance

 

I am committed to developing a strong therapeutic relationship with each of my clients, one in which they can experience respect, understanding and acceptance.

 

Research shows that although therapy can be valuable in many ways, its effectiveness depends first and foremost on the quality of the relationship between client and therapist. For me a good therapeutic relationship involves warmth, attentiveness, honesty and acceptance. If these conditions are in place, then therapy can help you heal emotionally, develop greater self-awareness, and explore new, more satisfying ways of living.