Psychotherapy approach

The decision to start therapy is often very difficult and anxiety-provoking. As therapy demands commitment, time, money, and energy, it is important to choose a therapist that is right for you. I encourage all new clients to commit to at least a two-session assessment. This allows time to gather enough information in order to recommend treatment options. It also allows the client enough time to decide whether the therapist/therapy is the right fit. The assessment process can in itself prove very therapeutic. If I am unable to help, I will do my best to direct you to someone who can. 

I work predominantly within an integrative psychodynamic framework with particular emphasis on the therapeutic relationship itself. This entails the exploration of those aspects of self that are not fully known, especially as they are manifested and potentially influenced in the therapy relationship. Together we try to identify and work with the underlying thoughts, feelings and behaviours that contribute to the personal difficulties or psychological distress in question. I focus on providing a safe, non-judgemental and empathic environment in which to explore and confront these challenges. Every therapy session is a unique encounter and as such therapy is tailored to suit the needs and resources of each individual.

The therapeutic journey also differs for every individual. Depending on the reason for entering therapy, some may need long-term therapy to achieve a stronger sense of self in order to manage their particular symptoms. Others may find that short-term therapy is sufficient to continue their journey alone. The number of sessions we agree to is therefore very flexible and will naturally also depend on individual time and/or financial constraints. 

The success of therapy will depend on many factors such as the fit between the client and the therapist, the client’s motivation and ability to invest openly and emotionally, the therapists experience and skill, as well as external factors such as time, resources, and support.  Ultimately the aim of therapy, beyond symptom remission, is to foster inner resources and capacities that allow richer, freer, and more fulfilling lives.