What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
Generally, counselling is a short-term therapy which focuses on present day issues, while psychotherapy provides a longer-term approach for issues which arise from past experiences, often rooted in childhood or adolescence and which are causing difficulties in adult life.  A psychotherapist is able to work at a deeper level because of the amount of training and personal therapy he or she has undertaken.  Both counselling and psychotherapy offer a confidential space in which difficult thoughts and feelings can be explored and new ways of viewing and experiencing the world can emerge.

What does Integrative mean?
Integrative counselling and psychotherapy encompasses a number of different theoretical modalities.  This enables me to draw on different ways of working depending on each individual person’s problems and needs.

What is CBT?
You may have heard of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) either from the media or sometimes from your GP.  CBT helps clients understand how their thoughts and feelings link to their behaviour and can cause anxiety, depression and difficulty in relationships.

I have undertaken a specific training in CBT and I incorporate this into my work, particularly when working with anxiety, panic attacks, stage-fright/public speaking and trauma.

What happens in the initial session?
In the first session I will invite you to outline your difficulties so that we can discuss what you hope to get from therapy. This session also provides an opportunity to meet me, see where I work and ask any questions you have relating to my work. If you decide, for whatever reason, that you don’t want to proceed I can give you information on other kinds of help or other practitioners.

How do you work with couples?
Couples work focuses on the relationship you both have developed, looking at and gaining insight into how difficulties have arisen and how a better understanding of each other can develop.  Both parties will be encouraged to communicate with each other openly and honestly and each person’s views and opinions will be respected.

What happens at the end of therapy?
You will decide when you are ready to end your therapy.  In making an ending we draw together and reflect on everything you have learned and achieved during your therapy.