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- Available for home visits
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About me and my therapy practice
Most of my experience has been working with adolescents in schools and charities. However, I do also work with children and adults. The psychodynamic approach focuses on understanding the root causes of a client’s current distress. These causes may lie deep within the unconscious and cause repeating patterns of difficult emotions and harmful behaviours. With my clients, I am able to use a number of techniques, which may help them gain knowledge and understanding of their internal and external world, bring some unconscious processes into consciousness and so make the client more able to cope with current and future difficulties.
The sessions take place weekly and last 50 minutes. I seek to build a relationship based on trust, containment, openness and unconditional acceptance. The direction that the therapy session takes will be led by how the client is feeling at that moment. I gently encourage the client to talk about their feelings, emotions, fears, and desires. As this happens, patterns of behaviour that are rooted in past experiences, emerge. We can then discuss how past experiences are currently having an effect and explore new ways of dealing with these issues in a healthy manner.
This is based on creating a picture in a specially designed sandtray. Sandplay was developed as a therapeutic method that offers a way to connect with deeper levels of experience and draws on the teachings of Carl Jung. Through this method new areas of awareness can be brought into consciousness, helped by the broader sensory experience of working with both sand and miniatures and connecting with symbolic resonance. Like dreams, which through their scenes and story can give us insight into unconscious possibility, sandplay scenes similarly include forms, figures and actions that can be symbolically explored. In other words it is a form of embodied active imagination and often referred to as a ‘Waking Dream’. The session will last up to 50 minutes and can be fortnightly or monthly.
My first session
During the first session we will discuss your reasons for coming to counselling at this time and I will do an assessment. We will set up a contract and decide how we are going to work together.
What I can help with
Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, Anxiety, Autism spectrum / Aspergers syndrome, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Play therapy, Psychodynamic
Clients I work with
Adults, Children, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, 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