Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is often a longer term exploration of issues and oneself and counselling may be more about a specific issue worked through on a shorter term basis.
How Can Counselling and Psychotherapy help?
The purpose of both counselling and psychotherapy is fundamentally a way of understanding yourself (including thoughts, feelings, current and past circumstances and environment) and your relationship with others better. By bringing awareness and insight to our feelings, patterns of behaviour and thinking which can often be negative, critical or imbalanced we become more conscious of how we manage and express feelings, how we communicate, how we form and maintain relationships or how we manage conflict, change or loss. Greater understanding and awareness gives us more choice and a feeling of empowerment to make different choices and to have greater control and direction of our lives as well as a stronger sense of self and purpose.
I work as an Integrative Psychotherapist and this means that I draw on a number of different models of psychotherapy such as psychodynamic, person-centred, existential and transpersonal as well as CBT. I draw on different aspects of each model, which I have summarised below, to suit your needs. I may also use mindfulness techniques, gestalt, family constellations and indigenous earth based systems such as the medicine wheel and the elements.
The Psychodynamic model broadly means we explore how the past maybe affecting you in the present, how early attachment might influence current relationships and the defences you may have developed to protect yourself. I will help you make links with events/people/feelings from the past that get triggered in the present. Making the unconscious more conscious enables you to make more informed choices and be less controlled or directed by the past.
The person-centred model has at its heart the building of a deep and trusting congruent relationship as well as holding in mind that each person has their own wisdom and inner resources to access their own healing.
The existential model places emphasis on the givens of human existence, freedom and associated responsibility, death, isolation and meaninglessness.
The transpersonal model looks at a situation from the soul's perspective which includes connecting you to your innate qualities which can get overlaid by circumstances and experiences. The transpersonal model brings a holistic and deeper element to the work linking mind body and spirit. I work with the creative imagination using guided visualisation, dreams, sand trays, art, symbols and archetypes.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) essentially identifies your thought patterns and ways of changing them to feel more balanced.
I believe that even the most challenging or painful experiences can be worked through to find peace and understanding and also provide opportunities for growth and transformation that can ultimately lead to a renewed sense of purpose and deeper connection to ourselves and life.
Sessions and Fees
I work on a short (6-12 sessions) and long (6 months +) basis to suit individual needs. The sessions are 50 minutes long or an hour on line. I offer face to face, online (using Zoom or Skype) or telephone counselling and psychotherapy but due to the current COVID-19 restrictions I am currently not seeing clients face to face. I will resume face to face counselling and psychotherapy in Brading once restrictions have been lifted.
My fee is £50 per 50 minutes.
I have a few slots at a reduced rate for those on low income.
Please call for a free no obligation conversation on 07807589134 to see how I work and if I am able to offer what you are looking for. If we decide to go ahead I will then do a full 50 minute assessment and make a working agreement with you.