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 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. It could involve looking at the past to consider how it affects the way we live in the present, as well as looking at how the way we look at the future the future affects how we work towards it. The idea is that greater understanding can help people to both act and feel differently.
My primary discipline is Transactional Analysis, a flexible 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, and behaviours they may be struggling with and working to encourage greater insight and change. Transactional Analysis aims to have a theoretical base that is accessible to all. There are many concepts and tools that can be 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 daunting, 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.
Experience and qualifications:
I have trained as a Transactional Analyst (PG Dip). I continue to develop my practice through advanced clinical training in Integrative Psychotherapy, as well as attending workshops and conferences. I have been working in private practice for several years and have also worked part-time offering counselling and psychotherapy in school and university settings .
Before training as a Psychotherapist I studied English Literature (BA hons, 1st class) at Goldsmiths University in London. It is through my love of Literature that I became interested in people’s interior lives and the richness and complexity of human experience. After university I spent some time working in a clinical mental health setting before beginning to train as a Psychotherapist.
I am a member of both The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and The UK Association of Transactional Analysis. I am DBS checked, insured, and have regular supervision.
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. I believe that it is important to try and find a therapist who feels like a good fit. Offering a first meeting free of charge makes this possible without any initial financial pressure.
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 £40. 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.