My training is in relational transactional analysis, an approach that integrates cognitive, humanistic and psychodynamic thinking about the psychotherapy process. What this means is that I can work in different ways with different clients. While there is very strong evidence for the effectiveness of psychotherapy, what’s really emerging strongly now is that therapists who coherently integrate different approaches, and importantly, tailor these to the client’s requirements, are the most likely to be effective. Relational Transactional Analysis offers the therapist a host of options from working very cognitively to very deeply with clients and I think this flexibility is the key to helping people change – if that is the goal of the work. Of course, it can never be reiterated enough that a coherent therapeutic frame, clearly delineated boundaries, a strong ethical framework, regular quality supervision and ongoing education are fundamental to quality practice and I believe attending to these factors contributes enormously to the effectiveness of the practitioner. I am also qualified in Gottman Relationship Therapy and this is the approach I use when working with couples and I use this approach because it works well with heterosexual and LGBTIQ couples. For short-term work I use Interpersonal psychotherapy and transactional analysis.
I think the best way to answer this question is to think about what I would like someone to take away from his or her first session with me. Firstly, that a sense of mutual collaboration is conveyed, secondly, that the client gets a sense of the nature of the therapeutic work and third, that the client feels they have been able to seek as much information about both myself, and the work that they need at that time. My approach is always gentle and conversational and I like to encourage as much self-exploration as the client is comfortable with. Finally, I hope that the very embryonic stages of a therapeutic alliance might begin to take shape. Of course, I always cover the aspects of what transactional analysts call the ‘business contract’ in the first session such as session time, costs, confidentiality etc. Clarity about these things from the outset is an important part of beginning the therapy process.
My personal approach to health and wellbeing has developed and improved over time. I was a shift worker for many years and later a journalist, editor and corporate relations professional. All my careers prior to being a therapist involved intense, stressful and demanding work and during much of this time, my approach to self-care was poor. I know what it is like to have a very stressful job, 20 demanding staff to manage, looming deadlines, lack of sleep and projects that HAVE to work on a shoestring! Miraculously we do it...but the toll is great. Through my own therapy journey I have learned much about caring for myself and how to do it well. I go to the gym, practice yoga, meditate and plan time for destressing. Life is stressful and we have to work out healthy ways to manage both body and mind.
Monday 12:30pm - 7:30pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 6:30pm
Wednesday 12:30 pm - 6:30pm
Thursday 9am - 5:30pm
Friday 9:30am - 7:30pm