I am particularly interested in how our early environment influences our experiences in the current day. How we relate to others and ourselves is often heavily influenced by the quality of our early relationships. Frequently, the difficulties we have experienced in our lives are rooted in past relationships. Within the collaborative partnership with the therapist these ‘patterns of relating’ may emerge, enabling the work to be based in the ‘here and now’ of the therapy room, as well as reflecting on present and past life experiences.
Despite being termed as a ‘talking therapy,’ I feel psychotherapy involves the whole of us; our bodies, not just our internal worlds. Our bodily responses can inform us of feelings that we may not consciously notice, and memories that we are not aware of. Whilst we do not use physical touch, we will aim to be conscious of your physical reactions throughout our work.
At times talking ‘head on’ is not necessary. Sometimes silence is what is needed. At other times imagery, dreams, poems, songs, drawings or doodles may be used to help communicate what needs to be shared.
As your therapist, I am not here to fix you, or tell you the answers about yourself. Nor can I take the hard stuff away and make it better. However, I will give you respect and space in which to really explore your experiences and emotions. I will support and work with you to find ways in which to make sense of your world and make the hard stuff easier to live with.