Psychotherapy and Counselling in Bath For Individuals and Couples
I am a qualified psychotherapist offering psychotherapy and counselling in Bath to both individuals and couples. I have experience working in the NHS as a psychotherapist, but now work in private practice. I am a full clinical member of UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). I am an approved psychotherapist with BCPC (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling) which is a UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) accredited training centre. My practice is a short drive from Bath city centre.
I believe it is crucial to create an environment where you feel safe to talk; somewhere that you can bring all of yourself.
I provide a confidential and non-judgmental space where we can explore your feelings, motivations, anxieties and fears.
Counselling tends to focus on a specific problem or problems. It is an opportunity for you to be listened to and discuss your problems with someone outside of your situation. We work together to find a resolution to the things you are struggling with. Counselling involves weekly fifty minute sessions over a limited period, generally varying from six weeks to six months. Click here for fees and getting started.
"When I have been listened to and when I have been heard, I am able to re-perceive my world and go on." Carl Rogers
Psychotherapy is an opportunity to explore ourselves, to understand why we have become the people that we are. In relationship with a psychotherapist we are able to look at the way we relate to others, explore our motivations and behaviours and so understand ourselves and our relationships. Psychotherapy involves one (or more) weekly fifty minute sessions over an extended period of time. Click here for fees and getting started.
Psychotherapy is "…a developmental undertaking in several respects. As a science, it studies human capacities when acute or chronic trauma or deprivation has disrupted healthy growth, and when adaption to trauma or deprivation continues to disrupt or restrict love, play, and work. As a therapy, (it) is an emotional experience, to sit…together for the child whose early experience cannot be repaired, and to create, through “making sense together,” a second chance at developing a good human life. The central and fundamental purpose… as a therapy, and what distinguishes it from any short-term therapy, is this developmental purpose, this orientation towards the future through the past. (It) makes this future possible through a shared experience of one person’s past in the present of both people." Donna Orange
Common issues that bring individuals into counselling and psychotherapy, which I have lots of experience working with, include anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, depression, negative feelings about oneself ranging from low self-esteem to self-loathing and a sense of badness at the core of oneself, sexual problems, overeating, inability to form or maintain close relationships, loneliness, rejection, loss including bereavement, relationship issues including divorce and relationship breakdown.
A problem or crisis in our relationship can feel extremely traumatic and painful. Couples therapy is a chance to understand how these problems have arisen; for the couple to begin to learn to communicate, to hear and be heard. Often couples can feel angry, stuck and disappointed with each other. They can feel blamed, intruded upon and ignored. Couples therapy is an opportunity to express these feelings and have them understood. Sometimes it is a life transition that brings a couple into therapy such as getting or losing a job, bereavement, illness, retirement, the birth of a child or children leaving home. Other common issues that bring couples into therapy are difficulties communicating including not feeling listened to or understood and repetitive arguments that never get resolved, affairs, problems with sex, money, housework and in-laws. Couples therapy involves weekly fifty minute sessions. The duration of the work depends on the nature of the problem. Click here for fees and getting started.
“...when we begin to be aware of the reasons for our own and our partner's behaviour, something very powerful happens. Blame and guilt are replaced by understanding and compassion...Problems in the relationship become challenges for personal growth.” David Shaddock
My practice is a short drive from central Bath. From Bath city centre I am accessible on foot and by bus or car. There is ample free parking nearby.