I have been providing psychotherapy for a very wide range of presenting problems since 1992.
I believe that most difficulties that psychotherapy can address including trauma (see the side panel) have at their roots, experiences that the mind/body/brain has not been able to integrate into a healthy self-structure, or where development in some areas has become blocked. In psychotherapy one works to resolve the specific problems and to build a stronger and more resilient sense of self.
Short-term psychotherapy can in many cases be suitable for addressing the problems, but for others, a longer period of time is needed. This can be discussed at the first meeting, and a clearer idea gained after an initial assessment.
For more about specific problems mentioned in the side panel, please follow links
Working with trauma
These days there are excellent, effective and gentle ways of facilitating the healing process after trauma that lead in almost all cases to the resolution of the disturbing memory experience and all the related symptoms. One does not have to live with it. In most cases where a person has had a traumatic or disturbing experience, the effects settle down naturally over a period of a few weeks, and although the event(s) will continue to be available to be remembered, they will no longer cause ongoing disturbance. Sometimes though, the symptoms related to having had a traumatic experience do not settle by themselves, and cause ongoing distressing symptoms of post traumatic stress. Suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder can happen to anybody, it has nothing to do with degree of toughness of character.
EMDR is a very valuable treatment for trauma and many other unresolved or disturbing life events.
It is an evidence-based treatment recommended in the NICE Guidelines and by the World Health Organisation as a treatment for trauma. I trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) over fifteen years ago and have considerable experience in its use. I am also an Approved Consultant to other EMDR-trained therapists. My training and experience includes a number of related approaches which, together with EMDR form a holistic approach for trauma and/or more general problems.
I also work with chronic traumatisation and dissociative disorders.
For more information about my training, please see:- credentials page
For more about working with the effects of trauma please see:- trauma page
My practice is in Brackley, Northants - NN13 6PQ (01280 701476)
Please phone for further information or use the form here or on the contacts page to send a message.
What kind of problems can psychotherapy help with?
Fears and Phobias
Loss and Bereavement
Post Traumatic Stress
Flashbacks or Disturbing Memories
Effects of abuse (sexual, physical or emotional) in childhood
Low Self Esteem
Feeling uncomfortable with oneself and not really knowing why
Performance Anxiety and Blocks