Asking for help when you are struggling is the first step towards coping. Working through difficulties with someone trained to help you reflect, who you trust, can be the foundation to finding your way. I offer a safe space to think together about what you are facing and to find your way to cope with sadness, anger, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and relationship problems.
Working out what approach is best suited to you can be confusing so below is a brief overview of therapeutic approaches to hopefully demystify some of the terms you may encounter. It is my firm belief that the interpersonal relationship matters most in good therapy, therefore it is worth taking your time to find a good fit.
Essentially all the approaches offer an opportunity for you to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe, non-judgemental warm space and assist learning, healing, understanding and growth.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT) – This identifies unhelpful learnt thoughts, feelings and behaviour patterns and explores alternative ways to engage with them. DBT incorporate mindfulness and relaxation techniques to expand your ability to tolerate difficulties thoughts, feelings and behaviours and is a good approach for anxiety, stress, panic or fear.
DIT – Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy is a time limited psychodynamic approach which focuses on relationships and can be a good approach for anxiety disorders, depression, and relationship problems.
Psychotherapy – This talking therapy aims to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness by looking at how our past, unconscious processes and repeating relational patterns impact us. This may include humanistic, psychodynamic or psychoanalytic approaches. It is often longer term and more in depth, working with relational patterns and past experiences.
I am also happy to explore existential questions around stages of life, purpose, freedom and meaning.