Is therapy right for you now?

A decision to enter therapy is life-affirming, but facing our inner challenges takes courage and commitment. Like climbing a mountain, we have to find the right path for us; decide to go alone or in a group, with a lot of help or not much. Although we cannot know the outcome for any person who takes the adventure to develop themselves, we do know what staying put will look and feel like. And for some people, that is the right thing to do.

For those who opt for self-development, the benefits of investing in self-knowledge and conscious change typically outweigh the discomforts and uncertainties that come with taking any journey into the unknown.

As the psychoanalyst Marie Louise Von Franz put it:

‘The inner possibility of growth in a person is a dangerous thing because either you say yes to it and go ahead, or you are killed by it. There is no other choice. It is a destiny which has to be accepted.’

M. L Von Franz

To sort out what matters; to clear or change what no longer serves is not a quick process; and it is not a cheap option. Yet, we have only one life that we are fully aware of, and it is important to make it the most fulfilling and purposeful that it can be.

In essence, the aim of therapy is to become free of habit. We all become used to patterns of thought, ways of relating to others, and to rather fixed ways of seeing the world. To move away from the known and predictable will generate uncertainty. Starting therapy can feel disruptive to our lives and our inner sense of ourselves. It can bring up thoughts and feelings that are confusing, and even frightening. This is a normal part of the process as we begin to assess what serves us and what doesn’t.

As general guidance, it is advisable not to make radical changes to your life, unless necessary, until you feel settled into therapy. Also, it is important to bring to therapy whatever ideas you may have for change in your life, so we can examine them carefully to see how best they might serve you. You are not here to please me!

None of the above is designed to frighten you, but to point out that ‘a change of course is a course of change’, so keeping yourself healthy, supported in your life, and ready to meet change will serve you well on your journey.

The ultimate aim is to move you towards a life that is lived more freely, consciously, and joyfully. My role is to get you there as quickly and as safely as possible.

My approach to healing

Over the years, I have done trainings in psychology, psychotherapy and coaching. The reason I have done these is because, whatever I have learned from one approach, has never been enough nor been the right fit for everyone. It makes sense that there is no ‘one size fits all’.

What I have learned to do well is to blend my learning and use aspects and combinations to suit the different individuals I work with and the different parts within each person.

Humans are complex. We have many parts to us, each with many layers. Ultimately, we want to know them so that they can work for us when we want them, like instruments combining in an orchestra.

Wholeness is not achieved by cutting off a portion of one’s being, but by integration of the contraries

Carl Jung

In my work, I combine my practical outlook, my curiosity about people and my love of the world of the unseen. From early childhood, I have been fascinated by ancestors, the realm of spirit, and the connectivity of all living things.

Unsurprisingly then, in my work I combine learning from cognitive-behavioural therapy, depth psychology, shamanic practices, transitions coaching and specialist EMDR therapy. From time to time, I use Reiki and body therapy work also. I am a qualified user of psychology tests and so can undertake structured assessments for specific problems.

Cost: £150 per session/ £250 per twice weekly sessions / £50 concessionary rate.

Therapy session

50 minute session

£150.00

To use the concessionary rate, please arrange with me.

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