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MY APPROACH

Being true to ourself can be a struggle. Our uniqueness and difference can lead us to feel alienated and stigmatised and perhaps we might become isolated, angry, confused or numb. We might experience feelings of anxiety, depression and loneliness and looking to addictive behaviours. Working together, we will aim to bring about a greater sense of inner peace and acceptance so that life can be more rewarding and meaningful; a change towards feeling a greater sense of pride, acceptance and strength with yourself, at a gentle pace that feels containing, safe and free of judgement.
Your uniqueness is something to be celebrated.
I believe that understanding how we relate to others are key to having a better a sense of happiness and connection with our own selves, and therefore our understanding of our relationship with the world and people around us. I therefore work in a relational way, which means some of the time we will look at how you and I are relating to each other; the idea of this is that it can perhaps inform your other relationships, including with yourself. It is also an integrative approach which means I can combine theories to suit any given moment during our work. We may also find it useful to use guided visualisations, to explore dreams, and to explore how your body feels physically in relation to your feelings.  
We have an assessment session to start with, so that we can establish what you feel you need from therapy, and also to get an initial "feel" for how we might work together. There is no commitment to continue - it will be up to you to decide if you want to work with me. After about five or six sessions, we can review how things are going and you can then decide how much longer you would like.
Our sessions will be one-to-one and in person; there is a possibility of using Skype or telephone if necessary, and only after we have had several sessions.