Choosing a therapist can feel overwhelming: everyone’s face staring back at you in the ‘find a therapist’ directories. And so many schools of thought to consider. I often recommend chatting to a few therapists to see who feels right for you. All the evidence suggests that the outcome of therapy is more influenced by the quality of the relationship you have with your therapist than by their theoretical approach. That's why I offer a no obligation free telephone consultation. It is a chance for you to see how we might work together, for me to learn about what brings you to therapy, and for you to ask any questions you may have. If you then decide to book a session, we can arrange that and take it from there.
You may feel nervous about opening up, or unsure how to start talking about "the thing" you need to talk about. Please know, I understand how daunting it can be to face up to distress, hidden feelings or painful memories. And rest assured, I do not rush people into opening up. Part of my job is to judge the pacing of sessions. I make this a collaborative conversation, bringing clients into discussions about what they are ready to talk about at each stage of their therapy journey – they decide if there are limits for what we talk about. So, if you can trust the therapy process, I will support you through challenging moments. And hopefully, you will discover that psychotherapy can be a constructive, positive experience.