My Approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy for Individuals, Couples, and Groups, in Lincoln and London.
My approach is analytic. This means that problems in the here and now are also seen within the context of someone's whole life; the history of their relationships and experiences, including their very earliest ones, and the meaning these hold for them.
Psychotherapy/counselling seeks to help them understand both their problem and what lies behind it in the belief that this is the way to find a lasting solution.
This approach is informed by both my trainings, by 25 years post-qualifying experience, and increasingly by my interest in affective neuroscience. To me therapy is about both a relationship and a safe place in which to think, feel, reflect, explore, make connections, understand, and facilitate change.
I see individual clients at least once a week, and sometimes more often, either for an open-ended period of time or for an agreed number of sessions. This will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of problem someone wants to work on and the type of solution they are seeking. Sessions are fifty minutes long and take place on the same days and at the same times each week.
I see couples individually and/or together, usually for an agreed number of sessions, but sometimes for an open-ended period of time. These sessions are sixty minutes long.
Psychotherapy groups meet weekly for 90 minutes.
I also facilitate reflective practice groups for staff, experiential groups for students, team building groups for employees, and supervision groups for group and individual psychotherapists and counsellors.
I am a UKCP registered clinical supervisor. I have supervised training psychotherapists (group and individual) and counsellors as well as qualified professionals, over many years, usually on an ongoing basis but also for short periods to address a particular issue eg. working with survivors of child sexual abuse. My approach is to facilitate reflective practice in a relationship of trust, encouraging the use of parallel process in supervision to further understanding. Apart from supervising other practitioners in private practice, I also am facilitate reflective practice groups for staff at the charity Hestia. I have also been a clinical supervisor for a South London Counselling Service.
I am a member of the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association and the Neuropsychoanalysis Association.
For my fees, please see the Taking the Next Step page.