There are many forms of psychological therapies and this can be confusing. It is obviously best to, like many things in life, to try and get the best therapist right from the start if possible. Different therapies and counselling come from different origins and have developed in different ways.
Rather than go into too much information it might be best to ask me more about this. It is what helps you that matters.
You do not understand how I work?
I work in a way that integrates various therapies. Therapies tend to come under one of three umbrellas. They are Cognitive-Behavioural, Humanistic/Existential, and the Psycho-dynamic/Psychoanalytic. I integrate these into a more (w)holistic model.
I believe that working with what is helpful for you. The basis of how I work is based on how we have evolved as humans, and how we can develop ourselves in a way in which we can evolve more fulfillingly as an individual. See my page My approach.
How can therapy be transforming?
Body and mind ‘work’ together in ways we are learning more and more about, and understanding how to put this into practice in a wholistic way. Our feelings are telling us so much about ourselves and you can learn how to put these into words and choose how to express yourself better in your relationship with yourself and as you choose with others. This can be transforming.
How many sessions am I likely to need?
While the answer to this can be ‘how long is a piece of string?’ It is important for you to be able to discuss this openly at any preliminary discussions and at any times along the way if you decided to commence sessions. If you feel for instance that it might be too expensive or you might be afraid of opening a can of worms and this meaning that you get into more sessions, then do say so.
Clients I have worked with have occasionally found that one session is enough, others up to six, or ten, and others up to a year or even several years. It is up to you to state your needs and concerns, so that we can work together with that in mind.
What is primarily important is safety and trusting in the therapeutic relationship. As in life things can trigger-it might be something said or unsaid and non-verbal, sometimes unknowingly, and therapy is no different. No matter how experienced a therapist might be this can still happen in therapy.
I encourage feedback as not only does this enable interpersonal communication in life which in itself is so important. This can significantly help in the therapeutic relationship and so help to transform the effectiveness of the therapy itself. Your feeling safe at all times within the session and outside of the session is of paramount importance to the effectiveness of the therapy.
Diploma Counselling, 1995;
BA (Hons) Counselling and Mental Health, 1999;
BACP Accred 2003;
Certificate Short Term Symptom Focused Psychotherapy, 2005
Many other courses in mindfulness, compassion focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)*, human givens, trauma; and other short courses.
Sensori-Motor Psychotherapy, Level One and Two, 2016-18.
*I am not fully CBT trained.
DBS (formerly known as CRB check)
I have enhanced DBS (09 September 2014)
This is why I encourage phone or e-mail contact before attending a session and also why I charge £15 for the first session, so that you can find out more about what it is about, how it can help, or otherwise.
If you are considering counselling in Tooting please feel free to contact me to make an initial appointment on 0208 767 8563 /text 07986 789 893