HOW I CAN HELP
IS THERAPY FOR ME?
People come into therapy for a variety of reasons, but mostly to talk to someone so that they are no longer on their own in their struggles. They are seeking someone help them to make sense of what they have been experiencing and to guide them towards change. I can help you if you are struggling with emotional distress and relationship difficulties by offering a safe and compassionate professional relationship in psychotherapy.
It is possible that, most of the time, you are able to get by in the face of the stresses and complexities of your day-to-day life. However, there may be times when you find yourself struggling with these challenges; perhaps because of work stress, relationship difficulties or loss and bereavement. At times, traumas and experiences from the past can be hard to move on from or they can catch up with you making it difficult to cope with everyday demands. Or maybe your difficulties have been more longstanding and life itself seems like a constant struggle. Perhaps you are lonely, feel isolated and on the margins of the worlds you are part of. You may have found yourself in relationships that you are unhappy in, often for reasons difficult to understand. You may struggle to feel confident or to have a clear sense of who you are. Sometimes, it can also be hard to pinpoint specifically what the problem is, but maybe you feel a deep sense of unease that something isn’t quite right for you.
If any of the above feels true for or familiar to you, I can help.
I offer weekly individual psychotherapy. My work is primarily rooted in psychodynamic and group analytic principles although I also tailor and adapt a variety of approaches in keeping with every client’s unique difficulties and needs.
How I work
- Understanding the issues that lie beneath pain and distress: I believe that most problems are related to difficult experiences, especially within the significant relationships of our early years. In my experience as a psychotherapist, I have found that working on these underlying issues is the most helpful way of addressing them.
- Sometimes we may not even be aware of what is causing our distress: Some experiences, thoughts and feelings, particularly if they are painful and distressing, can remain unacknowledged and unprocessed in our minds. These can then express themselves in symptoms of anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder etc. or even in a sense of deep unease within ourselves in relation to others. Through psychotherapy I can help you to gently explore and understand these thoughts and feelings that are consciously and unconsciously experienced, and to integrate this awareness into the other aspects of your life.
- Developing coping strategies : Understanding what lies beneath the pain and distress will help us to together recognise its meaning in relation to your current distress. Here, every experience and relationship in your life matters, including the one between you and your therapist. This exploration and understanding can be a highly effective way of alleviating the painful feelings that have so far remained unrecognised. It can also lead to a better sense of one’s self and identity, and through that help you to find a way of bringing change in your life.
The process of psychotherapy is often not easy or comfortable, but the guidance and support of an experienced psychotherapist can help make any changes be more meaningful and enduring. Back to top
What is Group Analytic Psychotherapy?
Group Analytic Psychotherapy, is a powerful model of psychotherapy where members of the group come together to explore and work through their difficulties and distress with the help of a group analyst. Group Analysis holds as central within its fabric that the relationships between us and their social and historical contexts are crucial in understanding and working through our deepest distress.
Difficulties that group analysis can be particularly helpful for:
- Relationship difficulties ( personal and within the workplace)
- Adjustment difficulties
- Feelings of isolation and a sense of ‘not fitting in’
- Feeling that life has lost its sense of meaning and purpose
How do I know if I am ready for a group?
I will help you to decide whether you would benefit from belonging to a therapy group. Once we have made that decision, I will meet with you a few more time a few times on an individual basis so that you can begin to feel more confident as we get to know each other better.
Most people are understandably anxious about being in a group. We can discuss your difficulties in some detail and address any fears and anxieties you might have about joining a group.
I will also help you to think about how you might use the group to work through your difficulties before we decide together when might be the best time for you to begin in the group
Current group therapy vacancies:
There are vacancies in a long-term psychotherapy group that I conduct on Wednesday evenings at Hampden House. Please get in touch if you would like to know more about the group or would like to become a member. Back to top
BENEFITS OF GROUP THERAPY
There are many benefits group therapy provides that individual therapy may not.
- Finding comfort that you are not alone: It is possible that you are feeling overwhelmed and have come to believe that you are alone in your struggle with relationships and emotions. Group Psychotherapy gives you the opportunity to speak to someone else who is going through or has been through similar experiences.
- It is also more affordable: Group therapy costs less than individual therapy.
- Providing a much-needed support network: Group therapy can empower you to be open and can help you to build your confidence in relating to others with the support of the other members and the therapist.
- A safe space: If you experience groups as scary and unsafe places, then perhaps it is time you consider joining a therapy group. The group can be a place for you to work through what it is you struggle with in terms of relationships with others, self-confidence, communication and a sense of belonging.
- Offering perspective and overcoming difficulties to move forward: The opportunity to build relationships within the safe space of a therapy group, to have the experience of feeling understood by others and to be able to hear their perspectives on your distress and experiences can provide a strong base from which to find and experiment with new strategies to bring about change in your life.
- Finding your sense of self in relation to others: A group is the best place in which unhelpful patterns in relationships in everyday life can be identified and explored. The safe space of the group can provide you with the ideal setting to experiment with being different with others in a way that is more authentic and empowering.
If you would like to find perspective on what you are going through and are seeking help to figure out what your next steps should be, I can offer an extended consultation over a few sessions to assist you in this endeavour. The frequency of these sessions can be arranged by mutual agreement based on what you may be seeking.
If you are uncertain what form of therapy might be best suited to you, I am part of a network of professionals who work across different therapy models to whom I can refer you after we have discussed your needs. Back to top