What is psychodynamic counselling?
I practice as a Psychodynamic counsellor which means that my work centres around the basic principle that events and experiences from the past have an effect on our present and future selves. Counselling provides a safe space for you to be listened to, but it’s also a dynamic relationship where I work alongside you. Through this supportive environment you will be able to speak about difficulties faced in your past or present, and together we will find links to help facilitate awareness to what has been left unexplored and unresolved. It is a uniquely individual journey which can enable you to enhance your self-awareness, make unhelpful patterns redundant and thrive rather than just survive.
How do I begin counselling?
Reaching out can feel daunting, so it's good to know what to expect. The first step is getting in touch with me (details can be found in the Contact page). Please provide a brief summary of why counselling is being sought. I will get back to you as soon as possible to arrange a free 15-minute phone consultation. We will discuss what areas you want to explore in counselling, and whether you feel I am the right counsellor for you.
If we decide to work together, we will arrange a regular time and day to meet for weekly sessions. This will be your allocated time-slot every week.
How long will I need counselling for?
Each person and situation is unique, so it's difficult to say how long someone will benefit from counselling.
People's preferences range from open-ended longer term counselling of a year or more, to a short-term or focused approach of around 12 sessions. We can discuss your preference within the initial consultation.