I trained as a Marriage Guidance Counsellor in the 70s, later qualifying as a Group Analyst and Jungian Analyst, working with individual, groups and couples both in private practice and in the NHS.
I think of psychotherapy as a maturational process that comes about as a result of the unique and confidential relationship between therapist and patient which fosters emotional growth and development through the exploration of current issues in the context of the familial ‘past’. The capacity to reflect is the medium by which it becomes possible to see more clearly, think more constructively – and creatively – about ‘situations arising’; even a single, exploratory, consultation can be extremely beneficial.
A first meeting with me – formally termed an ‘initial consultation’ – carries no obligation to continue but offers an opportunity to explore what psychotherapy or analysis might be like – how or if it could help. The decision whether or not to commit to further sessions – either open-ended or time-limited – can be considered in the light of what has been discussed, as well as current circumstances.
But finding a therapist can be difficult – I welcome enquiries, am ready to help you decide whether psychotherapy could be right for you – the first step / telephone call is often the most difficult!
I am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.