psychotherapy…

Psychotherapy is generally a deeper and longer term engagement than the counselling relationship. We employ the same basic principles of active listening, empathy, curiosity and respect, but the purpose of psychotherapy is to facilitate transformation at a deeper level of the psyche.

This requires us to hold a coherent psychological model of the self in order to work with the structure of the personality as well as here-and-now issues.

My aim in the psychotherapeutic relationship is to engage with you on a deep enough level to understand what it is like to walk in your shoes and yet  also to understand what it is like to be in relationship with you. In processing all of those experiences together, between the two of us, new parts of the self have the space to emerge and be nurtured.

My work is focussed on the present rather than the past: the past is useful in telling us how we got to where we are, but we need to focus on present-centered relating in order to get to where it is we want to be.

A typical course of psychotherapy can be anything between 6 months and 3 years. The length of time in therapy is entirely dependent upon you and the depth at which you wish to work.