I am an integrated practitioner – this means that I am trained in different approaches (psychodynamic, humanistic and CBT) which can be used to complement each other in the treatment but can also be applied independently. In the course of our initial sessions we will be exploring and deciding together which approach will be the most beneficial for you, depending on your type of difficulty, your thinking style and your view of your own psychology. I also draw on other specific approaches such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Compassionate Mind Training.
Whilst the different approaches may guide our choice of intervention, my work is grounded in the use of the therapeutic relationship. Many psychological problems stem from interpersonal problems, possibly early in life, and a focus on the relationship between client and practitioner has the potential to highlight and improve these deep-seated origins.
I aim to offer a safe space in which any issues can be explored in a non-judgmental and empathic way, leading to acceptance of the past and an ability to move forward with a more balanced and integrated life.
As a registered and chartered psychologist, I am committed to the codes of ethics for the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS) and adhere to their professional standards and practices.
Based on your individual needs and the type of difficulty you bring to therapy I work with the following approaches:
My main theoretical approach understands our early experiences and past relationships as influencing our psychological development and the way we relate to others. Unconscious conflicts are seen as shaping our current behaviour and the aim of therapy is to uncover those old dynamics, understand their effect and to grow beyond needing them.
Focuses on our natural tendency to grow emotionally. This approach emphasises the value of empathic listening, the healthy expression of emotions and on creating a non-judgemental environment that fosters emotional growth.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Is based on exploring and testing our thoughts and beliefs that may contribute to psychological problems. It can be a more active form of therapy that may involve monitoring of thought processes, activity diaries, behavioural shaping and the challenging of previously held assumptions.
I also draw on other specific approaches such as Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).