I am a qualified and experienced practitioner in both specialist and general areas of mental health, wellbeing, growth and development.
Counselling, therapy and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They involve working psychologically with the individual, group, couple or family to bring about desired changes in their lives.
Counselling/therapy for individuals, couples and groups
My therapy model is CBT using Schema Focused Therapy and a range of associated newer developments including DBT and Mindfulness.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the therapies recommended for many emotional disorders by the National Institute for Health and Social Care (NICE).
It is a model that explains how our predispositions, experiences, beliefs, thinking, feelings and behaviours, can all work together in understandable ways to either maintain our distress or help us to cope adaptively. It informs the therapy process but is not a medical prescription so a therapeutic relationship is essential.
I have specialized in severe and enduring Eating Disorders (mainly Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia), OCD, Personality Disorders and associated problems. I also see clients with other problems such as difficulty with relating to others, depression, anxiety, agoraphobia, PTSD and bereavement.
Patients on long waiting lists
NHS patients have had difficulty accessing therapy or faced long waiting lists.
“The availability of services varies depending on where you live. In some parts of England, especially rural areas or small towns, NHS therapy is limited. You may have to wait a long time or travel to find something suitable." (NHS Choices)
According to an online survey by the Mental Health Foundation, only 42% of people who visited their GP with depression were offered counselling, although 82% of them would have been willing to try it.” and "Some GPs are more likely to refer you for therapy than others."
I can offer therapy or support sessions while a patient is under the care of their GP awaiting treatment. People who receive help in times of crisis have a better chance of coping with their problems
I see myself as a part of a helping team.
The kinds of issues people bring to therapy
The issues that clients bring may be about relationship or family problems, life crises, work problems, bereavement, anxiety, depression, or any problem that is affecting their quality of life. They could be emotional problems and disorders: anxiety, depression, OCD, phobias, agoraphobia, PTSD, eating disorders, bereavement, personality disorders, self-harm etc.
Every individual is different although problems or 'issues' tend to fall into levels and types. Whether it is a temporary problem, a problem that keeps recurring or a deep seated difficulty, I start with what the client brings.
What a client can expect from therapy
To be in a collaborative relationship with me to find ways of dealing with their problems and being able to move on in their lives. In this partnership, a client will take an active part in the therapeutic process and do ‘homework’ between sessions.
If we agree to work together, we make contracts for sessions as we go along, normally in batches of six sessions. If I find I am unable to help someone I will refer them to someone who can.
Therapy for individuals, couples, families or groups can be short, medium or long term depending on what the client wants and on the severity of the problem.
The initial meeting is to decide if we want to work together and to make an initial assessment. It will include conversations about what to expect as well as what you want from therapy. I make it clear what can be kept confidential and what I am able or unable to help with.
A counselling or employee support programme can be set up for small businesses and organisations as a tailor made programme to suit your organisation and needs. It can provide counselling and support face to face, by telephone or other media.
'Breaking the circles of distress'