Psychotherapy has helped many people deal with mental health issues or emotional distress, which can be experienced in many ways.

Psychotherapy aims to help clients gain insight into their difficulties or distress, establish a greater understanding of their motivation, and enable them to find more appropriate ways of coping or bring about changes in their experience.

Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured way with someone trained to help you do it safely.

Depending on the nature of your problem, therapy can be short or long term. Sessions can be provided for adults, adolescents and children on a one-to-one basis, or for couples, families and within groups whose members share similar problems.

Every session is different because every client is different, as are their problems. Your psychotherapist will encourage you to talk and explore, in a structured way, your feelings and experiences. Depending on their training and modality, your therapist may also suggest particular techniques as part of that exploration for example, using art, imaging, dream or movement work. Whatever the technique or clinical approach, psychotherapy is not a magical cure, it is a process to help you find the capacity for improvement within yourself. However, whether psychotherapy can help you will depend largely upon the quality of the relationship between you and your therapist.


1The key to successful therapy is finding the right therapist for you. However good, knowledgeable or experienced a therapist is, it is the relationship between the two of you that determines whether you trust them enough, and they come to understand you enough, to help you explore and find solutions for your problem.

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2I have trained as a Dramatherapist, a Dialectical Behaviour Therapist and I am an accredited Cognitive Analytic Practitioner. I am registered with the Health Professions Council, a full member of the British Association of Dramatherapists and of the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy.

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3As well as working in private practice, I work as a therapist with a NHS specialist service for people with personality disorders.

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4I commit to engage with the challenge of striving for ethical practice and conduct. I take responsibility for respecting my patient's best interests when providing therapy and to treat my patient with respect.

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