Counselling and Psychotherapy for Adults
Counselling and Psychotherapy are sometimes referred to as talking therapies, or even as "the talking cure". You may already know that speaking to someone about your thoughts, emotions and experiences can feel helpful. Therapy is a way of using this human need for connection to promote healing and growth.
As an Integrative therapist, I use a number of theories to inform my work, dependant on what each client needs. I take a holistic approach therapy: our sessions are likely to focus on a combination of thoughts, feelings and physical experience. I also practise in a trauma-sensitive way.
On this page you'll find a list of the kinds of things my clients tell me they experience as a result of counselling.
You might also find some of the FAQs about starting therapy helpful.
A note on body-based practices in therapy
Sometimes healing isn't possible through talking alone, especially when so much of our experience we hold in our body - sometimes this is called embodied memory. I use a trauma-sensitive yoga-inspired practice called TCTSY with clients who want to explore healing in a different way, in addition to psychotherapy. No special equipment or clothing is needed, no touch is involved and the potential benefits are absolutely not linked to physical ability.
Feeling safe enough to address things in your past that find difficult, and have someone with you in your exploration.
Learning tools to soothe your emotions and feel more in control of them.
Finding the courage and strength to face feelings of parts of yourself that you tend to shut away.
Understanding your responses and putting them into context so that they make more sense.
Feeling accepted, validated and understood.
Learning about, accepting and owning your own truth.
Finding new ways of connecting with other people and with yourself.
Building the courage to lean in to your responses when things get tough.