What is Psychotherapy?
Core Process Psychotherapy is one of the first established mindfulness based Psychotherapy. Core Process Psychotherapy is a compassionate therapeutic approach, which embraces body, mind and spirit within the human experience. It is based on the principle that within us is an unconditioned state, which has the potential for health and wellbeing.
Core Process Psychotherapy is a mutual journey of inquiry. It is respectful of you and your needs and it enables you to take an active role in your process. In Core Process Psychotherapy we will be engaged in a joint healing process. Your awareness of the body, its feelings, its feeling tones and the content of the states of mind are used to explore the nature of selfhood and your suffering. The heart of Core Process work is oriented to the belief that true healing is only possible to the extent that we be fully present to the immediacy of our inner and outer experience.
Why choose Psychotherapy
Life is a journey, which presents us not only with joy but also with challenges and pain. There are periods in our lives, which are difficult, painful or stressful to live through and to deal with. You may find life hard to cope with These are very often the times that we seek further support outside our familiar circle of family and friends. These difficulties may be through loss and bereavement, shock and trauma, abuse, divorce and separation, difficulties in relationships, addiction or being stuck in life. Our symptoms very often manifest as anger, agitation, feeling lost or trapped, anxiety, fear, depression, hopelessness, or not finding any joy in life.
If we are not careful our dark times may take over our lives not only now but also in the future. Therapy is not like a magic wand of fixing life but it offers support during our dark times. Process, integration and healing lies within ourselves and how we hold our suffering.
I offer short-term Counselling & longer-term, in-depth Psychotherapy for issues including: Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Despair, Difficulties after Abortion, Divorce, Grief, Low Self-Confidence, Low Self-Esteem, Loneliness, Loss, Miscarriage, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Pregnancy-related difficulties, Relationship problems, Sadness, Separation, Stress, Trauma, Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar.
At my Counselling and Psychotherapy Service I offer a safe space for you to talk about whatever you would like to bring to a session. It may be that you are experiencing issues which are bothering you, things you are struggling with, or simply have something on your mind that you would like to talk about.
What sort of things can I talk about to a counsellor?
People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons, so you can talk in confidence about anything that is worrying you or causing emotional pain either from your present life or from your past.
Will anybody else be told that I'm seeing a counsellor?
No, I respect your privacy and whatever is spoken about remains confidential between you, my supervisor and myself. However, there are certain exceptional circumstances where I may need to breach confidentiality but this would be discussed with you beforehand and your permission sought to do so.
Why do Psychotherapists/Counsellors have a supervisor?
I belong to a professional body called the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP) and the ACPP as such, following their Ethical Framework and Guidelines for best practice, which requires that all their members are regularly supervised. This is to ensure that the best possible professional standards of practice are maintained. When I take my work to my supervisor, nothing I say within supervision will identify you personally. The supervisor is also a member of UKCP / ACPP.
How many sessions will I need?
Each session lasts 1 hour and at the start you will be offered a series of sessions. It is recommended that you have a minimum of six, however, I work in an open-ended way to best suit your circumstances and the issues you wish to work with. It is up to you to decide when you feel ready to finish, yet it's something that needs to be discussed between us and thoroughly planned for, so that the work can be properly drawn to a conclusion.
How often do I need to see a psychotherapist / counsellor?
It is important that you are able to commit to weekly sessions so that your psychotherapist can support you fully and to feel a sense of continuity and progress. They hold the same space at the same time every week especially for you. The constancy of this therapeutic boundary provides the reassurance and safety needed to uncover and explore which is sometimes challenging material.
- You are experiencing negative moods and/or emotional states such as depression, low self-esteem or anxiety. They are preventing you from socialising, working or relating to others effectively. While talking to friends or family can help, sometimes an independent person who sets time aside just for you means you gain a helpful perspective.
- You identify a certain behavioural pattern such as anger or addiction that has been bothering you for some time and which is difficult to change.
- You feel stuck or as if life is passing you by. You might be experiencing a difficult life phase or supporting someone else going through a challenging period.
- You have an issue that is mostly resolved by previous treatments but you would like some assistance to maintain your progress. Or you might have received psychiatric treatment for a mood disorder like Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder or anxiety disorders and psychotherapy has been suggested.