My Approach to Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist based in London Bridge and the Borough of Epsom and Ewell
I am trained as an Integrative Psychotherapist Counsellor with an approach informed by psycho-analytical and existential theory, although my offering is underpinned by the belief that more important than the theoretical orientation of therapy, is the development of a counselling relationship based upon mutual trust and empathy - which provides the space and opportunity for meaningful progress to be made.
Often when people come to counselling they present an issue or the reason why they feel counselling is needed to support them at this time in their life. As these issues are worked through and explored whilst therapy progresses, it can become apparent that there are other issues under the surface that come into conscious awareness. Counselling can help you to uncover that which is below the level of immediate consciousness which provides deeper personal insight and self-understanding. In this way, your thoughts, feelings, past traumas, experiences and actions can be reflected upon in a meaningful way where there is an opportunity to re-frame that which no longer helpful or purposeful.
Looking at how the past may possibly be affecting the here and now can be a transformative and liberating experience - as opposed to solely trying to diagnose or identify a particular reason as to why life has turned out in unexpected ways. Reflecting upon the past can thus be very meaningful and provide the impetus for change.
Our existence as relational human-beings, throws up a number of issues related to our existence that we are continually adapting to throughout our lives. Some of these are connected to our sense of freedom. how we relate to others, our mortality and the purpose or meaning we place upon life. Our individual perspectives and the ways in which we adapt and cope with some of these issues can significantly impact the quality of life and how we find ways to cope with these which can shed light on many aspects of our patterns of behaviour. Counselling is a space to be yourself and explore your life in a purposeful way which represents a unique opportunity to add richness and meaning to your life.
Throughout the Psychotherapy sessions, I aim to promote self-autonomy, self-understanding, independence and freedom from repeated patterns of behaviour and thinking, in a confidential, safe and reflective environment. This allows for reflection upon experiences so that the ways in which we relate to ourselves and others can be thought about with the opportunity to re-frame and change.