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 concept. 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. Working with the unconscious mind, I aim to help you to better understand yourself, your motives, drives and psychological adaptations to traumatic life experiences and how this is being played out in the here and now. The identification of previously unknown, behavioural and relational patterns can enable you to see why you are experiencing similar outcomes in particular areas of your life where you would like preferential outcomes instead of being inhibited by the past.
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. It is very common that people present with symptoms of anxiety and depression and have been recommended to therapy by their GP or a friend, family member. As Anxiety and Depression will be experienced by people in different ways and have varying psychological issues underpinning these feelings, as therapy progresses some of these issues will start to surface and enter conscious awareness which uncovers others issues that may have been previously unknown, or not fully understood. As these issues are worked through and explored whilst therapy progresses your aims of therapy and reasons for wanting therapy may change as you get a better sense of deeper seated issues.
Psychotherapy 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 or learn about the origins of depressive feelings or anxiety and how to cope with these emotions when they arise in day to day life. Looking at how the past may possibly be affecting the here and now can be a transformative and liberating experience and provide the impetus for increased personal responsibility and 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, greater choice, self-responsibility self-understanding, and freedom from repeated unwanted patterns of behaviour and thinking, in a confidential, safe and reflective environment, providing the opportunity for personal growth and emotional stability.