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About Therapy

Could therapy change your life?

Therapy is not about being given opinions or advice or having someone trying to solve your problems for you. It is about finding the power within to be compassionate to yourself, to start to heal yourself and to take control of our your own wellbeing.

My role as a therapist is to help you on that journey.

Developing your own personal resilience 

There are times in our lives when our journey veers down an unexpected path. At some point we all experience emotional pain and loss. When we are grieving or feel overwhelmed by the journey ahead, we need hope and help to find the right way. Building personal resilience can help us navigate through these tough times. 

Personal-Resilience

Resilient people get that suffering is sometimes part of life and that we need to be an active participant in our struggles and grief in order to move forward. Human beings have evolved by paying more attention to threats than positive experiences. It is how we survived in a world full of predators. Resilient people ask themselves whether their actions and behaviours are helping or hurting them. They focus on what they can change and learn to accept those they can’t.  By building our resilience we can start to tune into the positives and give ourselves permission to notice the good things in our lives.

We can take the first steps towards personal resilience together. 

Personal-Resilience

Developing your own personal resilience 

There are times in our lives when our journey veers down an unexpected path. At some point we all experience emotional pain and loss. When we are grieving or feel overwhelmed by the journey ahead, we need hope and help to find the right path. Building personal resilience can help us navigate through these tough times. 

Resilient people get that suffering is sometimes part of life and that wneed to be an active participant in our struggles and grief in order to move forward. Human beings have evolved by paying more attention to threats than positive experiences. It is how we survived in a world full of predators. But by building our resilience we can start to tune into the positives and give ourselves permission to notice the good things in our lives. Resilient people ask themselves whether their actions or behaviours are helping or hurting them. They focus on what they can change and learn to accept those they can’t.  

We can take thfirst steps towards personal resilience together. 

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Creating your new life story 

There are reasons we get stuck in ways that hurt rather than heal. When we keep repeating the same behaviours, we can’t see which direction to take because we can’t see the bigger picture.

We all have a story. It is how we make sense of our lives and explain why we do what we do. But some of our stories are incomplete or misleading and we can get stuck along the way. How we narrate our story impacts on how we live our lives. In many stories we are trapped. Trapped by our families, by our circumstances, by our lack of belief in ourselves. 

We find ourselves believing our own story. Everyone else is better off than me. Nothing ever works out for me. I am an imposter and I am going to be found out. But if we can change our story, we can change our lives.
We all have the ability to change our story. But with change comes freedom and with freedom comes responsibility. Sometimes we get so stuck in our stories that we reject any suggestion of change. We become the victim and the author of our own pain. Change, even positive change involves loss, loss of the familiar, even if the familiar is miserable or lonely.

To write a new story is to venture into the unknown. There is nothing more scary than a blank page but we can all write our new story with the right tools and a little help.

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Working together 

Therapy provides a safe, confidential space for you to talk to a trained professional about your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, helping you to understand yourself better and make positive changes in your life.

At the moment due to COVID-19 restrictions I am only able to offer online therapy. For many of us this type of communication is fairly new and will take a bit of time to get used to. For therapy sessions you would need to have a good internet connection and somewhere private you can be, where you are not going to be worried about being overheard by anyone.

Once you are ready for an initial assessment, we can make you an appointment and I will send you a Zoom invitation.

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In our initial assessment session, we can talk about how you are feeling and what issues you feel you would want to work on. We can explore together what you would hope to get out of therapy and how I can help you work towards those goals. It would also give you the chance to see if I am someone you might feel comfortable talking to going forward.

If between us we decide to go ahead with your therapy, I will ask you to agree to at least a further 6 further sessions. I believe this is the minimum number of sessions for therapy to be really beneficial. We would then meet weekly via Zoom.

Your therapy can be short or long term, depending on your preference and individual circumstances. Along the way we will regularly review your feelings about therapy and your journey. After the first 6 sessions you may choose to end our work together whenever you wish, alternatively you may find the work draws to a natural ending. In either case it is important to have at least one closing session to say goodbye, as this is an integral part of the therapeutic process.

Mental health is an integral part of our overall wellness.

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