I'm a BACP registered Psychodynamic and CBT therapist.
What does that actually mean?
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy is a registering and accrediting body for the counselling professions. I hold myself to the highest standard of ethical practice at all times, and as a registered member of BACP I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework. This is also an assurance to you, if you choose to work with me, that you can be confident that all you share with me in the sessions is handled with the utmost discretion and respect, in a non-judgemental setting.
Psychodynamic and CBT are modalities within the profession referring to the theoretical approach we take when thinking about what our clients present.
CBT is talked about a lot lately and most people will know a little bit about it. It is a form of talking therapy that can help address problems and how we feel by changing the way we think and behave. A lot of research and evidence supports CBT as a modality and it is the modality of choice in the NHS. Using CBT techniques can be highly effective in addressing specific issues, phobias, social anxiety, OCD, and in some cases depression.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a form of depth psychology, the primary focus of which is to bring what is in the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals to get in touch with and better understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, which are too difficult for the conscious mind to process. In order to ensure these memories and experiences do not surface, many people will develop defences, such as denial, rationalisation and displacement. With psychodynamic therapy we can explore these beliefs and values, feelings and experiences that left a mark from your past. Understand how they are affecting you in your present day and how they may be contributing to the difficulties you're experiencing, while providing holding and emotional support.
My way of practising integrates knowledge from a range of modalities, and personal and professional experience gained through working with people over the years. I pay close attention to the developing field of Psychedelic Psychotherapy. I offer preparation and integration sessions for individuals considering psychedelics assisted therapy or wishing to integrate a psychedelic or holotropic experience.
What counselling can be helpful with...
People turn to counselling with a wide variety of issues. You may know exactly what you want to address by coming to therapy or perhaps you are just deeply frustrated, or stuck and may need someone to help figure it all out. Sometimes it is about getting the support at the right time to help you through a bereavement or loss or having a deeper understanding of yourself and your relationships. Here are the sort of issues my clients have presented with in my practise, to mention a few:
Anxiety, panic attacks, health anxiety, stress
Relationship, parental and domestic issues
Bereavement, loss and separation
Body dysmorphia, unhealthy relationship with food
Career and Work related stress
Drug and alcohol use and abuse
Gender and sexuality
Sex, and intimacy issues
Confidence and self-esteem issues