How therapy sessions work

"I wish I had come to you sooner!" – counselling client

Our sessions together:

  • ✓ can be face to face or via Skype
  • ✓ typically last 50 minutes and take place once a week
  • ✓ can be short term (6–12 weeks) or open-ended
My approach is pluralistic. This means I draw on a range of therapeutic approaches, including:

Taking a pluralistic approach means I can choose the best therapy to help you. Find out more about my qualifications and experience.

Relational body psychotherapy

Relational body psychotherapy explores the relationship between the mind and the body while being connected and supported by another person.

Relational body psychotherapy is not a treatment done to the body. Rather, it is a verbal exploration and recognition that emotional pain can be held in the body.

In childhood, if you learn to hold back expression of feelings, the blocked energy behind this gets trapped as muscular tension – for example, stiff shoulders and neck, clenched jaw and restricted breathing.

By focusing on restoring a fuller and more spontaneous breath, energy can be brought back into the restricted parts of the body, releasing the expression of held conflicts. This can help you feel more connected to yourself and with others.

Find out more about relational body psychotherapy.

Psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy

The aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring unconscious feelings into consciousness.

Our unconscious mind holds onto feelings and memories from our early childhood that are too painful for the conscious mind to deal with. Psychodynamic therapy will help you to gain insights into how your past impacts your current-day thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Psychoanalytic therapy is usually seen as a long-term process, as it explores these dynamics at a deeper level.

Find out more about psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Humanistic and art-based therapies

Humanistic therapy helps you to become more self-aware so you can develop a healthier sense of self and reach your full potential in life.

It values the importance of personal responsibility and freedom of choice. This can be reached through exploring and developing your strengths, creativity, spirituality, values and psychological understanding.

Art-based therapies can take place one-to-one or within a group. You do not have to be good at art – rather it is a space to freely explore and develop images that come from within you.

When you create something and then explore what you have created with another person, you will discover different insights and meaning to your emotional experiences.

Art is a powerful way of understanding and coping with addiction as it can help put difficult emotions into words and offers a healthier way to release and regulate powerful feelings.

Art-based therapy can use film, music, sand-tray work, painting, drawing, photography and journal writing.

Find out more about humanistic and art-based therapies.

EMDR trauma therapies

EMDR stands for eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing. EMDR has been shown to be effective in dealing with the consequences of severe trauma.

EMDR works by releasing the symptoms of psychological trauma – such as anxiety, panic and disturbing memories – that have been caused by unresolved traumatic events.

The UK’s National Institute of Clinical Excellence has approved EMDR as one of only 2 approved treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Find out more about EMDR trauma therapies.