Counselling and Psychotherapy
What is Therapy?
The words psychotherapy and counselling have various definitions and are often used interchangeably. Generally, 'counselling' is used to describe relatively short-term therapy focused around a specific issue or problem whilst 'psychotherapy' describes a deeper longer-term process through which the client seeks to gain insight into their emotions, personality, and understanding of the world and their place in it. Here, I use the word 'therapy' to include both.
One of the central aims of therapy is the development of self-insight, something that can be useful and illuminating in a variety of ways. Cultivating self-insight could involve looking at how one feels/behaves/relates to others as well as why this may be. Looking at how and why somebody might wish to change and noticing what it is like as this process unfolds. It could involve looking at the past to consider how it informs the present, as well as looking at how the way one sees the future affects how they live now.
My primary discipline is Transactional Analysis, a widely applicable form of therapy that draws on psychodynamic, person centred, and cognitive behavioural theory. One of its primary interests is looking at how an individual relates both to others and to themselves; drawing attention to patterns of thoughts, feelings, or behaviours they may be struggling with and working to encourage both greater insight and change. Transactional Analysis aims to have a theoretical base that is accessible to all and as such offers a framework from which many aspects of human behaviour and development, as well as individual identity, can be understood. There are many concepts and tools that can be, if desired, shared with clients during therapy, rather than solely informing the approach of the therapist. At the heart of Transactional Analysis is the therapeutic relationship, based upon empathy and openness.
First coming to therapy can be a daunting experience, people often have little idea what to expect and can be unsure exactly what they want from it. As each client and each therapist are unique, each therapeutic experience will be different and unfolds as a process rather than in a predetermined order. My approach is flexible and based around the needs of each individual client, if you would like to know more about how I practice or the modality that I follow please do contact me or arrange an initial consultation.
Experience and qualifications:
I have a certificate in humanistic counselling and continue to develop my practice through engaging in advanced clinical training in Transactional Analysis and Integrative Psychotherapy. I currently practice as a university counsellor on Mondays and see private clients throughout the rest of the week .
I have a background in English Literature (Goldsmiths, University of London - BA hons, 1st class). This lifelong passion doubtless influenced my choice of profession and continues to inform my practice as, for me, an interest in literature is interwoven with an interest in people - their struggles, successes, and the endless creativity of the human mind. Authors strive to depict the complexity and richness of human experience, inviting us into a deeply personal exploration of their own minds and those of their characters. I find it a great privilege that in the therapy room a similar invitation can be extended as we create a space in which a client may consider and develop who they are and how they want to live.
Where I Practice
I see clients at The Sheffield Wellness Centre, a holistic environment that provides a space from which a wide variety of practitioners can work. Services include counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, yoga, massage, and birth and baby classes.
The rooms are comfortable, private, and well furnished - providing an ideal environment for counselling and psychotherapy.
The centre is located at 653 Abbeydale Road and is easy to reach both by car and bus.
Prices and Arranging a Consultation
I offer an initial consultation free of charge. This is an opportunity for you to tell me a little about yourself and what you are looking for, and for me to answer any questions you might have. I advise people to 'shop around' when looking for a therapist. Seeking therapy can be both a big step and a big commitment, I believe that it is important to try and find someone who feels like a good fit. Offering a first meeting free of charge makes this possible without any initial financial cost.
Should we choose to work together I offer individual therapy sessions on either a short or long-term basis. This can be something we agree on at the beginning, or work out as we go along.
I offer one hour sessions at £35. Subject to availability I also offer three sessions a week at a concessionary rate of £25 for students or those on low incomes.
I offer a one hour initial consultation free of charge.
If you wish to contact me to arrange and initial consultation you can do
so through my website, email, or telephone.