How do Psychotherapy and Counselling work?


“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”     C.J. Jung

Psychotherapy and counselling belong to the group of treatments known as ‘talking therapies’, and are widely acknowledged as being effective ways of helping treat a broad variety of emotional and psychological issues – either instead of and sometimes in addition to prescribed drug treatment from your medical practitioner.  Appointments are usually weekly (or occasionally fortnightly), face to face, and last one hour.   

It is estimated that about 1 in 4 of us are likely to experience difficulties with our mental health across our lifetime, and yet many people still find it difficult to talk openly about their struggles.

I recognise this, and aim to provide a relaxed, supportive and confidential setting in which you can begin talking about your situation.  I won’t make your decisions for you, but will help you work through your difficulties in a constructive and creative way.  This in turn can help you make sense of complex feelings, and empower you to make the changes you need in order to live your life more fully and positively. 

Even in situations that outwardly cannot be changed, psychotherapy can still help you process powerful and conflicting feelings and find more fulfilling ways of living.  Whilst psychotherapy and counselling do not provide instant solutions and cannot offer cast-iron guarantees, many people find the process really makes a difference to their sense of well-being, and helps them feel more peaceful inside. 


 “I have never had the experience of being listened to so carefully before.. I’ve gained so many skills which are helping me reflect on my problems and think of solutions Thank you so much..”         

 (comment from a client)