What is therapy?

Therapy offers a unique and confidential relationship that can help you make sense of your life. It provides you with a safe and supportive environment to explore thoughts, feelings and concerns.

Feelings like anxiety, depression, and unhappiness are often linked to past experiences and emotions that are hidden deep inside of us. Therapy can help bring these into our consciousness providing people with a better understanding of many difficult states of mind. Gaining insight into what is driving your thoughts and behaviour can dramatically change your outlook, improving how you feel and how you interact with others.

Not seen a therapist before? Questions answered.

No. I adhere to strict professional guidelines about confidentiality and will not tell anyone about your sessions.
Therapy is highly confidential in that everything spoken about in the room remains private. The only time that confidentiality might be broken is if I thought there was a serious risk to someone'’s safety.
I do not take cash but you can pay by cheque or bank transfer. Unfortunately I cannot accept credit or debit cards.
Sessions are 50 minutes so if you work near by this is possible.
This is determined by your situation and what you want. Short term therapy generally consists of 12-20 sessions. Long term work is open ended. A year in therapy can be useful but often benefits come after several years. Some people are resistant to long term work because it can be painful dealing with the issues that surface. But the benefits of persevering are life changing. People do not question whether they should stop going to the gym after a year!
Not at all although sometimes silence can help people reflect and delve deeper. I always wait for clients to initiate the session so that they begin with what is on their mind not mine. Similarly I will sometimes take the time to think about what has been said. People’'s discomfort with silence reflects how hard it is to be with someone else and be free to wander around in your mind.
I do not like to give details about my life because it detracts from the therapuetic process. If you feel you have to ask how I am or take into consideration my emotional state then it is harder to concentrate on what you need from the sessions.
Mental distress is debilitating regardless of how your experiences compare to others. My focus is to help ease difficult states of mind, not to judge whether you are right to feel as you do.
The world of therapy is confusing to navigate with many interchangeable terms. I offer psychodynamic psychotherapy. This concentrates on the root cause of distress and through understanding, comes change or some form of acceptance. It is rooted in the Freudian principle of finding out more about the unconscious processes that drive behaviour. For example someone keeps finishing relationships despite being desperate to find the one. Psychodynamic psychotherapy would focus on exploring the past to explain why this keeps recurring. CBT counselling would concentrate on your thought process, patterns of behaviour and what strategies would help break the cycle. There are obviously a whole host of other therapies. Wikipedia is a useful site for more descriptions.
Definitely not. Like all founders his views and theories have been updated and revised. But he introduced us to so many significant ideas that it would be wrong to dismiss him out of hand. Without Freud we might not have our current insight into dreams, the unconscious, the part our childhood plays in our future and so much more. My work with clients draws on Freud’'s ideas as well as a host of other prominent analysts who have built and revised his work.
- World Health Organisation (2001)