Therapy can be hugely helpful for many people in a wide variety of ways.
It can help people to cope and overcome many difficult issues and situations, such as; depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship breakdown, early childhood difficulties and current mental health issues. Therapy offers a safe, confidential place for people to talk and make sense of life issues and problems that may be upsetting and confusing them, or they may be painful and uncomfortable.
You may have been recommended to attend therapy, following a visit to your GP. Or perhaps your partner, colleague or a friend has suggested that it might be helpful. Or you’ve decided for yourself, that enough is enough and you need to do something about the way you are feeling or thinking.
Very often one of the reasons that people put off coming to therapy, is because they feel they should be able to resolve their own problems, or they feel uncomfortable about the idea of talking to someone else. They may feel that seeking help is a sign of weakness, but in truth, it’s a sign of strength.
Following the initial phone call, I start the process by inviting you in for an informal assessment meeting. This usually lasts for about an hour and a half and in this time, we go through your family history, what you enjoy doing, who supports you, what the current issues are. We would then talk about where we might start and how we would work together. You would then then leave with an idea of how I can help and if I was the right therapist for you.