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About me and my therapy practice
Welcome, I go by my middle name, Stuart.
When people ask me what is distinctive about the way I work with clients, three principles emerge. The first and most important is I “see” the person, not his or her problem, I am not blinded by their symptoms (such as anxiety, depression, stress, feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness or loneliness). I know that behind a battle with any problem, difficulty or loss, is another human being, a unique individual, a fellow traveller.
Addressing a mental health issue is as much about learning (my Doctorate is in Education Leadership) as it is about healing, it is about getting to know previously unseen parts of ourselves, and learning how to improve communication between our different parts. I help people to help themselves. As the old adage goes:
- "Give someone a fish, and you feed them for a day; teach someone to fish, and they will feed themselves for life."
I can help clients move from healing to development, and my role transforms from counsellor to more of a coach.
I am always careful never to confuse the person with the situation they find themselves in. We all have problems, but it is how we face them that matters, not how the world judges us. People have always been important to me, and I accept them for who they are. I like to think I can talk with anyone. It is what makes us tick that matters, what makes us sing and what makes us cry; our drives, interests and purposes.
The use of the title Dr in this directory listing relates to the member’s doctorate qualification. However, this does not imply a general medical qualification.
Most people who seek counselling therapy or psychotherapy have one simple aim – they want to feel better. They prefer to leave the technical details to the professionals. Experience suggests that elements from a range of schools of thought can be most beneficial. Sometimes what works is what matters. Potential clients tend to be more interested in finding a therapist that they are happy to work with.
The counselling therapies I offer give me flexibility to respond to the unique and personal needs of my clients. My work is centred around the deep psychology and talking therapy known as Psychosynthesis. This simply refers to helping the different parts of ourselves, such as our feelings, thoughts and beliefs, relate more effectively to each other. Once we restore the balance and harmony in our inner world, we tend to find more balance and harmony in our outer world.
My first session
During our initial meeting, we will discuss two things. First, what you see as the main issues or problems you are currently facing, and second, a bit about yourself. Many people new to counselling are a little nervous, which is why I adopt an approach which keeps you firmly in control. You will decide what you share about yourself, and the level of detail you share. Usually, it starts with simple facts about yourself.
Looking into your history can help us determine how your past experiences are affecting your present and future life. Working together, we discover what patterns or habits have developed that are affecting how you think, feel and behave today. Some of these you will easily recognise, but some will be new to you. It is working with these hidden influences that will enable you to take more control of your life.
The therapy I offer is very practical, down to earth and natural. However, it is completely in line with the very latest discoveries in psychology and neuroscience.
What I can help with
Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Leadership coaching, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Behavioural, Brief therapy, Cognitive, Creative therapy, Eclectic, Emotion focused therapy, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Phenomenological, Primal therapy, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Psychosynthesis, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Systemic, Transpersonal
Clients I work with
Adults, EAP, Older adults, Trainee, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited