I understand that coming to therapy for the first time can be challenging, therefore the focus of my first meeting with you is to provide a safe and non-threatening environment in which you can speak openly and discuss difficult thoughts and feelings, without fear of being judged.
I am guided in my work by the latest research evidence and NICE guidelines. However, as a clinical psychologist, I draw on a range of models and theories, as well as many years experience and training to provide an intervention that is tailored to your own individual needs. One of the benefits of seeking psychological support privately is that we can work together to decide on the right approach for you at this point in time and are not tied to a set number of sessions or a limited style of working.
In my view, the goal of therapy is not to find a "fix" or a speedy solution, but rather to explore and understand what has brought you to this point, what is keeping the difficulties going and what would help you to move forward and continue to move forward towards a place of good mental health. I provide education and clear explanations of psychological concepts in order for you to feel empowered and ultimately able to become your own therapist.
I draw on a broad range of models in my work, but my interest in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) guides my approach. I am trained in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness approaches.