The unexamined life is not worth living
I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist in private practice, and I offer a confidential space where we can explore what ails you.
My approach to psychotherapy is fundamentally Socratic in the sense that I value curiosity as the antidote to psychological suffering. I use questions to gently redirect the spotlight of attention to what is normally outside awareness.
While varying degrees of pain are an inevitable part of life, suffering is often a consequence of unexamined beliefs, feelings, and actions that alienate us from ourselves and others, and diminish our capacity to relate to life in a manner that brings greater meaning and spontaneity.
~ My aim is to guide you into conscious alignment with the deep truths of your life ~
Healing happens, as far as I can tell, not through the forced repression of troubling symptoms, whether by analysis or medication, but usually in spite of such efforts. It emerges organically, and in its own time, as a by-product of our willingness to simply be with intolerable parts of self, and to have them witnessed and accepted by a trusted other.
I will support you as you learn to bring curiosity to bear on the felt experience of difficult emotions and sensations.
In this way, symptoms can be freed from the oppression of condemnation, and allowed to breathe, and expand, revealing within them essential wisdom, space, and vital energy.
Should you decide to work with me, my primary focus will be on providing you with a warm and non-judgemental space to share your story; to speak the unspeakable and think the unthinkable.
Maybe you are going through a difficult life transition or have recently experienced a loss of some kind.
You may feel despair and have occasional suicidal thoughts or be finding it increasingly difficult to motivate yourself in the normal way. Therapy may help you to overcome these kinds of challenges.
I have worked with people who have sought counselling or therapy for the following reasons:
diagnosed conditions such as depression and obsessive disorders, Asperger's syndrome, bipolar disorder, and acute social anxiety.
confusion around sexuality and sexual dysfunction
challenging life transitions (illness, career change, divorce and cultural acclimation)
addictions, such as alcoholism, marijuana abuse and sexual compulsivity
looking for direction and meaning in life
seeking to know yourself more deeply
suicidal ideation and attempts
worry, stress and negativity
relationship and family problems, including domestic abuse
chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
post natal depression
My work is informed by practical mindfulness techniques and their philosophical underpinnings, both of which I have found to be essential for everyday well-being and, crucially, for important realizations about the nature of mind and the process of experience.
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