If life has thrown you a curve ball, or if you grew up without the sense of security, love and support you deserved, you might be feeling easily overwhelmed, struggling to problem-solve, feel lost in your relationships and lack the sure footedness to keep moving forwards.
If you have experienced something particularly distressing, more complex emotional issues may, understandably, have developed, and perhaps you are finding them difficult or even impossible to cope with.
With my unwavering support, psychotherapy can help you navigate whatever it is you are going through, so that you can find a way forward that works for you. You will have control over the areas of your life we work through together, and can pace the sessions in a way that feels right to you.
My hope as your therapist is to help you get a really good look at what's going on, and to help you make authentic choices about what you need and want going forwards.
I work in a non-pathologising way. This means that I won't tell you that your coping mechanisms are 'problematic'. There is a simple reason for this. If we have experienced distressing or difficult things in life, but we don't have a safe place to talk about it, don't have a trusted other who intervenes, or we don't have a safe human who helps us feel better about it, the natural human reaction is for that to start affecting our behaviour somewhere along the way.
If you have been given a mental health diagnosis, we can explore how you feel about if you want to.
I specialise in working with people who have experienced a lot of distress and trauma in their lives, but people come to me for help with a wide range of problems. When I work with someone who has experienced trauma, I usually combine person-centred therapy with EMDR therapy. See my EMDR page for more information on what EMDR is and how it helps people who have experienced trauma and distress.
I specialise in supporting people who have experienced trauma, but people come to me for help a wide range of problems. Here are a few of the issues that psychotherapy can help with:
Loss and bereavement
Difficult childhood experiences
Gender, sexual, & relationship diversity
Hazardous coping mechanisms
One-off traumatic events
Traumatic relationships in adulthood
Complex experiences with a clinical diagnosis including DID, DDNOS, EUPD, BPD, PND