There are many forms of psychological treatment. My approach to psychotherapy incorporates principles of existential, humanistic, interpersonal, and cognitive theories of behaviour.
During psychotherapy, you and I will discuss thoughts and feelings which, at times, might be uncomfortable or painful. I may also ask you to read certain material or carry out therapeutic “tasks” outside of therapy sessions. Your commitment to these aspects of therapy is very important to the eventual outcome.
Psychotherapy has been shown to be effective and can significantly reduce feelings of distress, improve relationships, and resolve specific problems, but there can be no guarantee about specific outcomes. Treatment may be brief (1 to 12 sessions) or longer-term.
In order for you to benefit from psychotherapy or psychological assessment, our therapeutic relationship must feel safe and respectful. You should therefore speak with me about any concerns you might have about the risks and benefits of proceeding or not proceeding with treatment. You might also want to clarify which alternative treatments or assessments might be available for you or appropriate to your needs. It is essential that you experience respect for your autonomy in making decisions about your personal care. I will answer your questions respectfully and openly in an attempt to ensure that your consent to psychological assessment or treatment is informed consent.
For further information on my therapeutic approach, please read about my clinical focus.