People usually seek therapy when their usual coping mechanisms are failing, or about to fail. They might be struggling with feelings of anxiety, fear, anger, confusion or hopelessness, or they might find themselves in a dilemma. They might also be experiencing entrenched difficulties in their relationships, or attempting to come to terms with their past. It can take people some time to be ready to make the decision to seek support.
In a typical therapy session my clients will talk about what’s happened during their week, things that have been troubling them, memories that have come up, their relationships, their dreams, how they feel about being in the session today, or whatever else comes into their minds.
Together we follow this material and it takes us where we need to go, even if sometimes we’re not sure where we’re going until we get there.
I will notice links and patterns, ask you occasional questions and share insights. More than anything I will listen carefully to what you are saying and make sure that I understand what is happening as closely as I can. Through this process of awareness you will become clearer about what you are saying and we are also taken into fresh territory.
This less structured kind of therapy can sometimes feel mysterious but after many years of working in this way I have a deep faith in the process.
Still not sure? The best way of working out whether you’d like to work with me or not is to book a first session (maybe book sessions with a couple of therapists) and have an experience of spending time together. There’s no obligation to continue. I look forward to meeting with you.