Is it for me?
Therapy is a very special kind of conversation.
It provides an opportunity to make sense of how we got to this point (at times, despite our best efforts), and in doing so can help to make sense of what would otherwise feel like a difficult, challenging, and confusing reality. By helping to “make sense”, therapy provides emotional relief and supports us in the process of learning new ways of being in the world.
Some people seek therapy to address specific problems, and others when life just doesn’t feel quite right. It can also be an opportunity for personal development.
I am wholly committed to engaging with people who feel ready to acknowledge and work through (at their own pace) their lived emotional, psychological, and interpersonal difficulties. Some of my clients experience an often debilitating anxiety, distress, and sense of dread in their personal and/or occupational life.
By way of process, together, we would seek to explore and develop insight into how conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings that on the surface may seem ‘intangible’ often tend to be situated in earlier relationships and experiences.
My primary practice method is ‘psychodynamic counselling & psychotherapy’, however, during and beyond the assessment I am fluid and adaptive towards meeting the particular needs of each individual client. This means being receptive to and carefully drawing upon an array of techniques and psychological methods that honours each clients uniquely emergent Self.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy does not provide a ‘quick fix’. Rather, it is a deeply invested, committed and enduring process. Psychotherapy aims to increase your self-comprehension, challenge maladaptive coping mechanisms, lower psychic defences, and liberate ones self toward enabling more informed choices.
Whilst I have a confident capacity to work with a range of psychic distress, I have some areas of specialisation which might be a particular focus for you as a potential client:
- Social class identity – ‘transitioning’ from working-class roots, impostor syndrome, fitting in, shame, humiliation, classism.
- LGBTQ+ matters- coming to terms with and coming-out, Identity conflict, Internalised homophobia, rejection, loneliness, self-esteem.
- Men and Masculinity – identity, toxicity, aggression, self-sufficiency, competitiveness, anger, role conflict.
Psychotherapy or Counselling?
Counselling is not a diluted form of Psychotherapy. The main differences are that it is shorter-term (usually up to 12 sessions) and specifically focused on an area of focus that you want to address.
The way to gauge your pathway is to have an initial assessment consultation where we will meet to discuss your needs and hopes for therapy.
In Psychotherapy, we meet once or in some cases twice per week for an open-ended period, which is regularly reviewed to measure progress. Whereas in Counselling, sessions are once weekly and for a set period.
Booking an assessment and fees transparency
On the next page, you can contact me to book an assessment session. In that meeting, we will explore the reasons for you seeking therapy at this time, what you hope to achieve from it and then some practical matters concerning, for example, confidentiality, boundaries, expectations, times, holidays, and the fee. As well as any other questions you may have.
The assessment fee is the same as for a regular session. A session lasts for 50 minutes, and the baseline fee is £60. This is measured on a sliding scale, so a person on an annual salary of up to £25,000 would pay £60, and this increases by £5 per session for every £5,000 salary increment.
A sliding scale enables the practice to provide 20% low or no fee. If you are low waged or unemployed, please contact me directly for further information.