There’s a common misconception that you need to have severe or long-standing mental health conditions to see a therapist, however I believe that therapy is for everyone. Simply being human can mean that we are confronted with uncertainty, feeling 'stuck,' or lacking meaning in our lives.
The initial session in therapy is referred to as the consultation. This gives both the client and therapist the opportunity to find things out about each other and decide if they would like to start this therapeutic journey together. The therapy process is explained during this session, ensuring transparency and honesty.
Therapy is a place where individuals can speak about anything on their mind. Clients are encouraged to use the space to their benefit, by bringing their true, authentic self. This vulnerability is made possible through the trust and safety of the therapeutic relationship.
In psychotherapy, my approach is known as 'integrative' which simply means to integrate or use a selection of different approaches. I am trained in delivering existential, humanistic, psychodynamic and psychoanalytic therapy, however I do not limit my therapy to that of technique. The true beauty of the process lies within the exploration of the self, without fear of judgement or rejection.
I obtained my Bachelors degree in Psychology, and trained as a Psychotherapist at Regent's University.
I currently work with clients across various settings; including mental health hospitals and forensic units, providing individual and group therapy.
Although I use Psychodynamic theories to formulate my approach, I take on much more of a philosophical stance in the therapy room. I invite my clients into a collaborative exploration, with an open mind and attitude of wonder.
There are many different reasons why people come to therapy. Some people seek therapy when they feel like they are 'stuck in a rut' or because they want to create a more meaningful life. Others use the space for self-exploration and growth. It may also be the case, that you are struggling with a specific issue which is having an impact on your life in some way.