I work in a collaborative and empowering way. I help individuals to increase their emotional strength by supporting them to talk freely about the issues they are struggling with. I then help them to 'step back' and look again at their responses. This promotes insight and enables individuals to develop new and creative ways of responding to the challenges they face.
What is 'psychodynamic' counselling?
A psychodynamic understanding of how we relate is based on the idea that we all have with in us a complex and constantly changing 'internal world' shaped by our experiences of past as well as current events and people in our life. We might not be able to remember early or more traumatic experiences well or at all. These might be stored in us in other ways e.g. an emotion such as fear, troubling image or recurring dream. Alternatively we might shut ourselves off from these memories and find ourselves being drawn into destructive relationships or situations in ways which do not seem to make sense. Understanding how these deep 'unconscious' currents pull us in a particular direction can help us to take them into account in plotting a new and more rewarding life course.
How long does it take?
As a general rule the more recent the difficulty the shorter the time period that is likely to be required. Therefore, someone who has otherwise been coping well but who has been thrown by a difficult loss such as a bereavement, redundancy or health problems might only require counselling for a relatively short time. On the other hand if this is complicated because it is connected with earlier losses or is part of a recurring problematic way of relating, longer-term open ended therapy may be advisable.
Starting counselling can be a daunting prospect. Therefore, I offer two trial sessions during which you can see if you feel confident in talking to me and so that I can make sure that my approach to therapy is suited to you. If you decide to continue we would meet each week at a regular time for an agreed period of time or on an ongoing basis. You can also call me to discuss the possibility of counselling.