What can you expect?
I chose an Integrative training as this combines the strengths of a range of psychological therapies. The flexibility and creativity of this training made sense for me as a practitioner.
What this means for you as a potential client is that I have a depth of training that allows me to use approaches that feel best suited to your unique experience. Our initial meeting will help clarify what you would like to explore or change in therapy, and whether a counselling or psychotherapy approach is best for you. Counselling works well for the more specific problems in life; psychotherapy tends to be longer term and works with the deeper patterns that you may notice affecting you over time.
When we agree to work together, I will offer weekly 50 minute sessions, with the first 6 sessions usually forming the assessment for psychotherapy, and/or aiming to address specific immediate concerns - for example, managing acute anxiety. You may be may be more or less interested in the nuts and bolts of my tool-kit, 'how I do what I do' - and what this means for us working together. This doesn't much matter.
What does matter is whether we can get along and find common ground of trust to explore what it is that brings you to therapy. You may be very clear and have a specific problem that you hope to resolve. You may just feel rather unhappy or dissatisfied in your life and feel motivated to discover why, and how this can change.
My clinical approach
I often combine the clinical thinking of Transactional Analysis, the embodied presence of Gestalt & I hold our work in mind using reflections from relational psychodynamic theory. I use a relational approach and welcome questions and discussion of the process of your therapy at any time. You can expect a clear contract with me on the issues you choose to work with - I will support your increased freedom to make real choices in other areas of your life.
I completed the taught course at Level 6 of study with the Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership (WPP) as an Integrative Psychotherapist in 2014.
I previously trained with the Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education (London).
I have worked in the field of mental health in Swansea for twenty years. I am confident working as a therapist with people with a range of diagnoses and have experience referring on, with your agreement, where it might be useful. I also enjoy working with people for whom diagnosis holds little interest or personal relevance!