I have training, clinical experience and expertise in a variety of therapeutic methods. This means that I will draw from a number of psychological theories and evidence-based methods to create a coherent, individualised approach that best suits you and the personal difficulties you are experiencing.
The relationship between client and therapist is, however, the most important factor in bringing about change and research confirms this is be the case. A safe, confidential and friendly space in which to explore troubles is the first step in establishing the grounding for this relationship and sometimes this process of exploration is enough to bring about change. For most people, however, change may need to be negotiated with family, friends, work and other external commitments as well as within themselves in order to enhance mood and wellbeing in a sustainable way. This is often a positive and empowering process.
The way that we feel within the therapeutic relationship also offers rich information about the way in which we experience relationships – both present and past – in general, and this forms a central part of my work. Many people, for example, notice repeat patterns within their relationships that often lead to their ending. Some examples include being attracted to unattainable or unavailable partners, sabotaging relationships with friends or partners that initially felt satisfying, and feeling overly ‘needy’ or distant within relationships. Gaining understanding of why such patterns formed enables us to break free from their negative impact upon lives and wellbeing.
Working with Managers and Leaders
I have a special research interest in leadership and the specific issues that managers and leaders face. I completed my doctoral research in this field, interviewing female and male leaders of FTSE 250 companies and equivalent to gain understanding of the contemporary pressures and often competing demands placed upon real-world leaders. I have published work within this subject area and presented my findings at conferences. Prior to training as a Psychologist and psychotherapist, I worked within the corporate world, completing a Masters in Business Administration during this time.
Some of the methods I use to understand difficulties and reduce emotional distress include: