Everyone is faced with challenges throughout life and most of us experience some level of worry and stress at times. Therapy might be needed when emotional difficulties end up feeling overwhelming, last for a long time, interfere with your ability to function day to day, or if your actions are harmful to yourself or others. You might also be troubled by the emotional difficulties facing family members or close friends.
I fundamentally believe that troubling experiences and behaviours are inseparable from our social, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural contexts, and are understandable responses to our current circumstances, history, belief systems, culture, and bodily capacities.
I also believe that we can all learn to draw on skills, strengths, supports, and new ways of understanding ourselves, to develop psychological flexibility and the capacity to flourish.
Therapy involves you talking about the ways you think, feel, and act. The approach I take aims to teach you psychological skills to deal with your painful thoughts and feelings effectively so that they have much less impact and influence over you, and help you to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you, so that can guide, inspire and motivate you to change your life for the better.
I offer psychological therapy tailored to your individual situation and needs, based on a comprehensive assessment and on current evidence on which treatments work. Depending on your goals and our joint understanding of your troubles, therapy may be brief or longer term.
Models of therapy I use include:
– Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
– Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
– Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
– Mindfulness-based interventions