- Location: London, United Kingdom
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- Qualifications verified by PlusGuidance:
- Post-Graduate Diploma in CBT (Merit) - Royal Holloway, University of London
- MA in Psychoanalytic Studies (Distinction) - Tavistock Clinic & UEL
- Psychodynamic Counselling (in organisations) (Merit) - Birkbeck College, University of London
- One year of a Doctoral Programme in Couple Psychotherapy (Tavistock Marital Studies Institute)
- Qualified to supervise CBT psychotherapists in NHS & Private Practice
- Accredited by the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (since 2003)
- Certificate of attendance - OCTIA (online counselling & therapy Association)
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WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH AND WHY WOULD I CHOOSE IT?
I am skilled in both CBT & Psychodynamic therapies which enables me to treat a wide range of presenting issues and to draw on both approaches as and when appropriate. Common aims for accessing treatment may include one or several of the following:
To relieve stress & pressure
To develop ways of managing panic, anxiety, depression or grief
To overcome trauma
To reduce over-thinking and worry
To process and resolve underlying feelings connected to past difficulties
To become more self-accepting
To build confidence
To enhance relationships and resolve conflicts
To achieve a deeper sense of meaning and purpose
To increase awareness of different possibilities, perspectives & choices
To enjoy life more fully and to fear it less
WHAT IS CBT?
CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - literally, thought-behaviour therapy. It helps you identify how your day-to-day thoughts, beliefs, emotions, physical symptoms and actions can play into each other, generating unhelpful vicious cycles. CBT is a collaborative & iterative approach whereby the therapist shares ideas and strategies to help you build awareness and gradually 'unstick' yourself from any thinking & behaviour 'traps' that may be holding you back. Your job as 'co-therapist' is to 'road-test' these ideas between sessions, discuss the results at subsequent appointments and with the help of the therapist, reinforce what works. Taking this step-by-step approach, CBT helps you restore confidence, build resilience and prevent relapse.
WHAT IS PSYCHODYNAMIC THERAPY?
Pyschodynamic therapy helps us explore links between our past history and current experiences. The theory here is that current struggles can be seen as repetitions or representations of unresolved issues which we might not be fully aware of (i.e. stemming from unconscious dynamics within our psyche). Once these are made conscious to us, we have more leverage and choice about what to do differently and how to move forward. We might not be able to prevent ourselves from repeating these dynamics again from time-to-time but we now have new insight to help us navigate our way out of them more effectively.
HOW LONG WILL TREATMENT TAKE?
My specialism lies in brief time-limited therapy treatment of between 4 – 16 sessions. The number may vary depending on the following factors:
What the issues or problems are
How deeply rooted the issues or problems have become
How you respond to the therapy
HOW REGULARLY DO I NEED TO ATTEND SESSIONS?
It is often very useful to attend sessions weekly at the start of consultations. This will enable you to develop confidence in both your therapist and the therapy process as well as maintain momentum between sessions. As time goes on, you may wish to reconsider the frequency.
Please feel free to message me with further information about what you might be looking for. If I cannot help, I will be happy to advise. I will aim to answer messages within 24 hours.
FEAR – False Evidence that Appears Real – author unknown.
Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives – William James
The mind can make a heaven out of hell or a hell out of heaven – John Milton
Those who cannot change their minds – cannot change anything – George Bernard Shaw
Change your thoughts and you change your world – Norman Vincent Peale
Struggle is a clever device through which Nature compels humanity to develop – Napoleon Hill
We don’t see things as they are, but rather as we are – Anais Nin
A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark – Dante
You always pass failure on the way to success – Mickey Rooney
You don’t have to see the whole staircase…just take the first step – Martin Luther King.