Why might I consider individual therapy?
People often consider individual therapy when they feel distress, are having relationship issues, are burdened by the stresses of daily life, or are struggling to find meaning in their life. However, people also seek individual therapy not only when they have problems, but also when they want a more fulfilling, healthy and productive life or to learn more about themselves.
What issues can individual therapy help with?
Individual therapy can help you address and improve many life, career, family, and relationship difficulties or transitions. Overcoming and learning to cope with issues affecting your life can lead to a more satisfying and enriching personal life and relationships. The following are some common reasons people look to individual therapy for help:
Depression and anxiety
Bereavement and loss
Questions around personal identity
Unresolved issues from the past
Feeling unable to move-on in life
Distress caused by traumatic memories
Coping with a break up
Lack of self-esteem and confidence
Life balance and career conflicts
Finding meaning and purpose
What are some of the benefits that individual therapy can offer?
Individual therapy provides guidance and techniques to increase awareness and the capacity for self-observation, change behaviour and beliefs, and strengthen insight and empathy in an atmosphere of safety and acceptance. These changes result in healthier perceptions, healed wounds, and better choices, increasing the sense of well-being, ability to manage stress and emotions, and experience of an enriched life and relationships.
How do I work?
I work in a collaborative way with the aim of creating a safe and supportive space for individuals to explore themselves and their issues in a non-judgemental and unbiased way. At the centre of my practice is an approach based on acceptance, empathy and understanding with an emphasis on developing a good working alliance that fosters trust. I believe in working rigorously and in partnership with my clients. I also take full account of the real world of the client, including the impact of trauma, cultural difference, sexual orientation, disability and social context.
How long does individual therapy last?
The goals, frequency, and duration of individual therapy will vary according to individual needs. I generally offer an open-ended arrangement (meaning you can have as many sessions as you need), but occasionally a fixed number of sessions are agreed on to do some short-term focused therapy for specific problems. Mostly however, the therapy lasts for as long as you feel you want and need it. The ending of the therapy is usually discussed and planned well in advance.
Who can use the service?
The service is offered to everyone regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion or background.