Psychologist and Psychotherapist
Psychological Therapy Services – for Individuals, Couples and Groups
Individual psychotherapy and counselling
Many people prefer and need to be seen individually. This can be for assessment, to decide what is the best way forward, or, following assessment, for on-going counselling or psychotherapy if this is indicated. I have a range of ways of working with individual adults, from brief employee-assistance contracts (typically three sessions), through structured brief therapy contracts (from a few to around forty sessions), to longer-term exploratory psychotherapy. Broadly, counselling or brief therapy is more appropriate if an event or crisis has occurred that leads to help being required to move forward or where a key issue needs to be addressed, whereas more exploratory therapy is appropriate if there are repeating patterns of behaviour or experience emerging that suggest that issues from earlier in life have yet to be resolved.
Couple therapy and counselling
In my view, it is in the nature of close relationships that help is needed at various points in our life cycle. I have a range of approaches to working with couple (and sometimes family) relationships, from problem solving and resolution, through developing communication, to couple psychotherapy aimed at addressing deeper issues. As in individual therapy, a couple may need help to negotiate a particular transition or issue and be able to move on by themselves, or it may be that deeper issues merge that need more exploration and resolution.
Group psychotherapy and Group Work
I have training, experience and a particular interest in group psychotherapy. I am currently forming a psychotherapy group for men and women to meet weekly on an on-going basis, so please contact me if you are interested in taking part in this, or if you know of other people who may be interested so that I can make contact with them. It will take some months to get the group started, which may mean waiting, but good evidence indicates that this wait is worthwhile in the light of the benefits that can be gained in this form of therapy.
Beyond group psychotherapy, I have a strong practical and research interest in the work of groups of all forms. If you have a group work project or issue to which I may be able to contribute, as participant, facilitator or consultant, please contact me.