North Devon Talking Therapies

About Me

I trained with WPF in London as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist. WPF is recognised as a centre of excellence for its rigorous training. I have extensive experience of long term, open-ended therapy and counselling. I also have NHS experience of delivering short term focused psychodynamic therapy and counselling of six to twelve sessions.

I further qualified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and an honorary clinical post gave me considerable initial experience in delivery of CBT which I now use regularly.

I offer supervision of fellow therapists and counsellors and those studying counselling.

What Do I Offer?

I am a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist which means that I consider the way in which experiences and relationships in the past may unconsciously be recreated in present day emotions,behaviours and relationships. These experiences may include those from infancy, childhood and adolescence,

Sometimes when we're in the middle of a situation, feeling depressed or anxious, it isn't always easy to see what the difficulty is or gain a perspective on events and relationships. Talking to someone who has no personal 'agenda' or involvement can help you to gain a clearer perspective and identify patterns that are unhelpful or damaging to yourself and your relationships.

What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy stems from the psychoanalytic tradition and focuses on making links between past experiences and relationships and our current feelings and relationships.

During Counselling and Psychotherapy attention is paid to the role the unconscious plays in shaping current thoughts and feelings as well as your behaviour and relationships in everyday life. The aim of therapy is to help you truly 'know' your own mind. Counselling and Psychotherapy provides a space to develop greater self -awareness, alternative perspectives and perhaps different meanings. These insights can empower you in making changes to your life.

What Happens in Practice?

We meet once a week for fifty minutes. This time is totally uninterrupted and confidential. What is said in the counselling and therapy room stays there! I, in turn, will quietly listen and gradually and gently draw attention to recurring patterns in your life and thoughts. I will support you you in exploring these thoughts and life patterns and consider more helpful ways for you to move forward.

What about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a type of counselling. It is a 'Talking Therapy' but different from psychotherapy. It works on the basis that how you think affects how you feel, and consequently, how you behave. Thoughts are seen to be helpful or unhelpful, often experienced as depression and anxiety. If we always think in a negative way about ourselves then this will give us a negative self image. During CBT Counselling the therapist helps people to recognise links between their thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Clients and counsellor focus on practical strategies and skills to enable the client to change their thoughts and improve their emotional state. CBT counselling is very much based on what happens in the 'Here and Now' rather than examining previous emotional states.

CBT is an effective approach for some problems such as issues of depression, anxiety and phobias. It has particular success in addressing problems which have recently arisen and are not entrenched.

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