Psychological Assessment and Therapy

Do not hold yourself back!

 

Do not settle for less than you are capable of!

 

People who come to work in therapy with me have often tried counselling and other therapies such as CBT and these have not proved helpful.

 

They have been emotionally stuck for some time. Even though they succeed in other areas of their lives, there is something holding them back. Deep down, they realise that they do not treat themselves with respect, but it is unclear to them what the reason is.

 

Despite all their striving to be where they want to be in the world, they feel disconnected from their inner self and the people they love, unable to enjoy even the most intimate and important relationships in their lives.

 

They are so self-critical and unable to look at themselves with caring, loving and compassionate eyes that they deprive themselves of living the life they long for.

 

They may have learnt to put a mask on, letting others believe that they are this perfect self. Yet, deep down, they are running on empty, exhausted and burned out, pushing their own needs away.

 

What to expect?

 

Typically, when people work with me for a while, they find a whole range of benefits:

  • They feel more confident.
  • They have more access to their feelings and intuition.
  • They are able to express their feelings to others.
  • They can assert themselves.
  • They can make decisions more easily.
  • They can connect with other people on a more authentic level. They are not going through the motions trying to impress people or just trying to survive social events. They actually enjoy it.
  • They have much more rewarding friendships and relationships.

My approach

 

I specialise in the unique approach known as Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). ISTDP is a therapy model supported by neuroscience and findings of the innate healing capacities of the human brain. Having originated in Canada in 1970's, it is scientifically proven, with over 60 clinical trials worldwide. Positive effects of this short-term therapy have been noted long after therapy finished. Emotional experiencing and defence work, which are part and parcel of the approach, have been related to rapid improvements in clients' symptoms.

 

While many therapists expect to spend years working with clients, I typically see significant results with clients after 6-40 sessions.

 

When you meet with me, I will invite you to pay particular attention to your deepest feelings and thoughts, so that you open up to the possibility of closeness and intimacy with self and others. Ultimately, I will be guided by what you want to achieve and work on. For this to happen, there will be times when I notice and point out your self-defeating strategies (defences) which limit your growth and development in order to help you relinquish them. It is because your innate capacity to heal might be blocked by those defensive processes and it is only when the cost of those defences becomes clear to you, that you can make a conscious choice to turn against them and relinquish them. Your true feelings can then break through the defensive barrier, allowing for healing to begin, for your experience of competence, assertiveness and mastery in therapy and for a lasting and deep change in your life.

 

My past experience of other approaches such as Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) allows me to use a wide variety of techniques to suit your needs best. Yet, at the core of my private practice is the creation of the profound moment of meeting in which both you and I are authentic human beings. Therefore, my practice is not just guided by the removal of your suffering, but by helping you to become your true and authentic self in the atmosphere of respect and compassion. It is not uncommon for clients who have undergone ISTDP therapy to report a more authentic self and restored energy which was used to contain an internal conflict.

 

I offer confidential Psychological Services and short-term Psychotherapy focused on change and recovery for difficulties such as

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Bereavement & Loss
  • Relational Difficulties
  • Assertiveness & Confidence
  • Performance Difficulties
  • Guilt and Shame-based Difficulties
  • Trauma
  • Adjustment to Changes/ Transition in Your Life
  • Stress and Coping
  • Emotional and Mental Burnout

Please, get in touch for a 15 minute free phone consultation to establish how we could help