Therapy for Individuals Bettering their Mental Health
In the journey of life, we often encounter events, both big and small, that can trigger a whirlpool of emotions and stress. Panic attacks may become a recurrent experience and stress, an unwelcome guest profoundly impacting your day-to-day life.
As a professional therapist, I provide talking therapy—a safe space for you to explore various aspects of your life and emotions. We journey together, discussing openly, addressing your fears, understanding your aspirations and identifying your strengths. This therapeutic process isn’t about providing you with quick answers or instant solutions; instead, it’s about facilitating your discovery of self and enabling you to cope with life’s challenges.
When life feels like a tumultuous storm, I am here to offer a steady anchor.
The foundation of therapy lies in the belief that each individual has within themselves the capacity for growth, change and resilience. All you need is the right kind of support and a fresh perspective. The objective here is not to instruct you on what to do, but to empower you to make your own choices, arrive at your decisions and act on them. Less stress, more confidence or a more fulfilling life—whatever your goals may be, therapy is a path to achieving them.
Humanistic Therapy: A Focus on the Individual
I specialise in Humanistic therapy—a unique approach that puts the individual at the centre of the process. Instead of assigning labels or grouping people based on their concerns, this approach values each person’s individual nature, recognising their positive characteristics and potential for growth. The sessions emphasise developing your positive traits and your ability to use your instincts to discover wisdom, growth, healing and fulfilment.
The Therapeutic Process
In each session of humanistic therapy, the approach centres on addressing your feelings in the present moment. Should past experiences consciously or unconsciously influence your current state, they are considered integral to the therapeutic process.
Some the issues I help with
Mental Health Disorders
Therapy can provide significant relief for individuals dealing with various mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic and stress disorder (PTSD), By understanding the root causes and triggers, therapy can help manage symptoms and develop coping strategies.
Stress and Burnout
Chronic stress, whether from work, relationships or other sources, can take a substantial toll on one’s well-being. Therapy can help individuals manage stress effectively, prevent burnout and improve overall quality of life.
Grief and Loss: Losing a loved one or facing significant life changes can trigger feelings of grief and loss. A therapist can provide much-needed support during these challenging times, helping individuals process their emotions, adjust to their new reality, and find ways to remember and honour lost loved ones.
Substance Abuse and Addiction
Therapy plays a crucial role in the treatment of substance abuse and addiction. It can help individuals understand the roots of their addiction, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and maintain recovery.
Whether it’s conflict with a partner, difficulty with communication, or challenges in parenting, therapy can provide tools and techniques to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen relationships.
Self-esteem and Confidence
Therapy can help individuals dealing with low self-esteem and confidence issues. Through therapy, one can learn to challenge negative self-perceptions and build a healthier, more positive self-image.
Whether it’s childhood trauma or a traumatic event in adulthood, therapy can provide a safe space for individuals to process their experiences, reduce symptoms of trauma, and reclaim their lives.
Personal Growth and Self-Discovery
Beyond addressing specific issues, therapy can also be a path to personal growth and self-discovery. It can help individuals understand themselves better, identify and work towards their goals, and live more authentic, fulfilling lives.
Remember, no issue is too small or too big for therapy. The goal is to help you navigate your challenges and move towards a healthier, more fulfilling life.
What should I expect during my session?
Attending a therapy session for the first time can feel a bit daunting, but knowing what to expect can ease those initial nerves. Here’s a general overview of what a therapy session with me might look like.
The first session is often a consultation, an opportunity for us to get to know each other. I will ask about your reasons for seeking therapy, your goals and your background. You can ask me questions too about the process, my approach or anything else you’re curious about. It’s a chance for both of us to determine if we’re a good fit.
Each therapy session after the initial consultation typically lasts for about 50 minutes to an hour. We will usually begin by discussing any updates or changes since our last meeting and identifying what you’d like to focus on for the session.
The Therapeutic Process
During the session, you are encouraged to talk about whatever feels most important to you. This could be a recent event, an ongoing situation, past experiences, thoughts, feelings or fears. My role is to listen, ask questions, provide feedback and help you explore your feelings and thoughts more deeply.
Comfort and Non-Judgement
The therapy room is a safe space where you can express your feelings openly without fear of judgement. Whether you are discussing a personal experience, a fear, a dream or a memory, my aim is to provide an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance.
Closing a Session
Towards the end of each session, we’ll typically review what we’ve discussed, highlighting any insights gained or progress made. We’ll also discuss any ‘homework’ or activities to carry out before our next session, although this depends on your comfort level and the nature of your therapy.
Every session is confidential, within the limits of the law, to ensure that you feel safe and secure sharing your thoughts and feelings. This confidentiality extends outside of the session as well.
Remember, everyone’s therapy journey is unique, so your experience may vary slightly. But no matter what, my goal is to support you in your journey of growth and self-discovery, providing a safe and welcoming space for you to explore your feelings and challenges.
Guildford Clinic, Surrey
Shere Clinic, Surrey
Tillow Barn, Surrey
Frequently Asked Questions
The results of therapy vary widely among individuals, depending on their goals, commitment and unique circumstances. However, common outcomes include a better understanding of self, improved coping mechanisms, increased self-esteem, reduced stress and enhanced life satisfaction.
The duration of therapy is highly individual and depends on your specific needs and goals. Some people benefit from short-term therapy spanning a few weeks, while others may engage in therapy for several months or even years.
Yes, all information shared during therapy sessions is confidential, subject to legal limits. Your privacy and trust are of paramount importance.
On the contrary, seeking therapy is a sign of strength. It takes courage to face your challenges, express your feelings, and make a commitment to change.
Remember, therapy is not about finding faults or fixing problems; it’s about fostering understanding, facilitating growth and empowering change.