About Therapy 

I specialise in:

  • LGBTQ+ Affirmative Counselling

  • Generalised Anxiety disorder

  • Chronic Illness

  • Chemsex

  • Covid-19 related stress

  • Depression

  • Gender/Body Dysphoria

  • Identity Issues (Gender, Sexuality, Class, Cultural, Ethnicity)

  • Loss/ Bereavement

  • Neurodiversity (ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum Condition, Aspergers, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia)

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Self Esteem Issues

  • Self Harm

  • Suicide

  • Social Isolation

  • Stress

What is Integrative Therapy?

Integrative therapy is a combined approach that brings together a number of theories tailored specifically to each client. The most important aspect of Integrative Therapy is that you feel in control; and that our work together is collaborative. 

Relational means that our ability to build a relationship is the foundation of the work, i.e that you feel safe enough with me to explore a new way of being. The ability for us to build a trusting therapeutic relationship means that you can then hopefully improve the other relationships in your life. 

Some of the approaches I use are Gestalt, Existential, Body-Focused and Trauma-Informed therapy:

Gestalt: This approach emphasises personal responsibility and the body's reaction to our experiences, with a focus on what is happening in the present moment. The main goal of the Gestalt approach is to make clients aware of what is really happening, rather than on what is just being talked about. An example would be a tightening of the chest when speaking about a loss, or the clenching of the fist when talking about something that is painful. These responses can give us information about how we feel about something, not just what we think we should be feeling.

Existential: A holistic approach which uses philosophical theories such as choice, freedom and uncertainty to look at each individual's unique experience, and does not define someone by their history. This approach emphasises meaning-making, by accepting how we really feel, rather than suppressing or changing it.

Body-Focused: This approach is influenced by neuroscience and helps us to understand how and why the body communicates. It considers the body and mind to be one; and looks to somatic expressions for information, as our bodies can 'remember' more than our brains care to acknowledge, due to cellular memory. We are often not taught to listen to our bodies ques, and yet so much information can be found here.

Trauma-Informed: This way of working acknowledges the complex ways trauma impact us now, and how it shapes our ability to cope in, and relate; to the world. Trauma is a very subjective experience, but it essentially means anything that changes our world view or affects our feeling of safety in the world. Being trauma-informed means acknowledging the importance of safety and is focused on empowering the client to understand what cultural, ethnic and historical forces might be influencing their way of being in the world. 

 

Essentially, I do not believe that there is just one theory of being that applies to everybody. Some clients, for example, might find it useful to work with what is going on in their body when they speak about what is troubling them, others might prefer to use creative techniques such as drawing or imagery.  This is helpful as a lot of our feelings and experiences can not always be expressed or understood cognitively. I do not like to focus too much on the past, or on your childhood (unless you would like to). Rather I focus on what is happening for you right now. Integrative therapy is essentially about looking at what might make you feel more whole, and help you to identify what triggers might be keeping you stuck in unhelpful and negative patterns of behaviour. 

Why counselling?

Most people experience mental health challenges at various times in their lives, and there is still so much pressure to appear like we have it all together.  There is strength in admitting that we can’t do it all on our own and that we need a bit of help to get through life’s difficulties. 

There can be multiple reasons why you might feel this is the right time to come for counselling. Perhaps something has happened in your life that has left you feeling like you can’t make sense of the world anymore, or perhaps you feel ready to let go of some of the heavy feelings that no longer serve you, or are not yours to carry any more. You can read more about what kind of therapy I offer in the "About Therapy" page .  

How does it work?

It is really important that you find the right therapist for you. If you would like to book an introductory session, please get in touch via email , where I would be happy to talk through any concerns or questions you might have. Introductory sessions are charged at £25, all sessions after that are charged at £55. A limited amount of concessionary rates are available.