Why therapy?

 

We are all, at some point, called upon to face challenges that will seem insurmountable.  In our modern era, traditional support structures have been eroded by cynicism and convenience, resulting in an epidemic of depression, anxiety, isolation and loneliness.

 

Frequently left to carry our burdens alone, we are sold impossible ideals of perfection that deny the realities of human life. Consequent mental health concerns can make us feel like we are falling behind, or failing to achieve the sense of fulfilment that we yearn for.

Counselling & psychotherapy can be a space for you to explore these challenges in ways that reveal unexpected solutions and new meanings, providing relief and understanding.

 

With support, our obstacles in life can be embraced as opportunities for growth that wish to convey to us a loss of connection, or a depth of meaning, that can renew our relationship to ourselves and the world.

           

- Counselling generally refers to short-term work focusing on specific goals or transitions such as coping with bereavement, separation, or career change. This can last anywhere from 6 sessions to several months of work, depending on your needs.

 

- Psychotherapy is geared towards a longer-term exploration of deeply ingrained ways of being and making sense of one's place in the universe. It can be effective at addressing hard-to-reach belief structures that hold us back from creating the kind of life that we want.

The duration of psychotherapy is open-ended, and the work is about the progressive refinement and deepening of one's understanding and relationship to self.

Whatever your intentions, our sessions will be a space for you to discover and explore the meanings you have made about your life, and how these influence your present experience and potential future.

 

Together we will work to discover solutions that either move you beyond your current situation, or help to reframe that which must be accepted.

Such work often leads people to fresh perspectives on old problems, or to identify and implement practical changes, both of which effect significant improvements in the quality of one's life.

Frequently reported benefits include better relationships and a marked decrease in feelings of anxiety and depression, which in turn frees up more energy and attention.

 

Research suggests that successful outcomes in therapy are correlated less with specific therapeutic modalities, and are more dependent on the relationship between therapist and client.

 

As a relationally focused psychotherapist, I place value on my capacity to communicate warmth, understanding and compassion, using insight and interpretation as appropriate.