Deciding to come into therapy is a big deal.
Choosing to ask for help and starting to explore and understand the reasons for the way you feel can be a frightening prospect. So I have the utmost respect for anyone who starts that process - it is courageous.
The first thing to do when choosing the right therapist is to make a connection. If you have had a personal recommendation from a past client, that's great - but you may not get on with the therapist in the same way as someone else. You can't tell much from a photo or a list of qualifications and therapy is all about the relationship - so in the first instance let's have a discussion on the phone.
Be honest (or as honest as you feel you can be) about your issues and the things you want to work with. If I feel I could be helpful to you we can then book an assessment appointment. This will give us a chance to really understand what has been going on for you, what you want to work on and what you want to change and achieve. If I think at this stage I am not the right person to work with you I will try and find someone more appropriate - I won't leave you in the lurch.
On agreeing to work together we will decide on a regular time and day to meet. I endeavour to be as flexible and accommodating as possible - however, there are some conditions of us working together which we will discuss at the the assessment. More details can be found on the Terms, Conditions & Fees page.
What we discuss in therapy remains confidential - ensuring there is a safe place to talk is essential.
The reasons people come into therapy are many and varied. If you are experiencing any of the following then perhaps I can help:
Depression, anxiety, relationship issues, divorce, abuse, addiction, work related problems, low self esteem, social anxiety, adjustment, bereavement, long term illness.
We will determine the best way to achieve your goals - I offer long and short term therapy and will match our work to your needs.